Embracing the plant-based lifestyle in Malaysia

Cafe Scouting: Kon Rak Pak

Cafe Scouting: Kon Rak Pak

Sometime in September 2016, I was emceeing a 2-day event in Section 14 in Petaling Jaya. On the first day, I explained to one of the event organizers that I was a vegan. On the second day, he said,  “I’ve just seen a new vegan restaurant just 5 minutes away from here!”

He explained to me the location, and I knew exactly what he was talking about. And I was perplexed. As far as I knew, there was nothing vegan-y about that row of shops.

“I think it has just opened, because there are flowers outside!”

“Really?”

“Yes!”
“Vegan?”
“Yes!”

I had to see it to believe it. So after my event, I drove past that very road.

Flowers.

A huge sign that said

VegeTHAIrian

And my heart sung with the strength of a thousand voices.

I parked my car, ran to the restaurant, swung the door open and interrupted three people having a casual conversation at the reception counter.

Unflinching, I asked,

“WHOSE DOING IS THIS?”

“Excuse me?”

“WHO DID THIS. THE RESTAURANT.”

One of the guys stood up from his chair.

“I’m one of the owners. I’m Stewart!”

I rushed to him and held one of his hands in both of mine.

“OH MY GOD THANK YOU.”

Everyone laughed. And that is how I became one of the first vegans in town who came to know of Kon Rak Pak, barely into its first week of business.

Since that fateful day, I’ve made several visits, raved about it to friends and have included it in a list of plant-based dining recommendations for Time Out KL. What I’ve also been meaning to do, as I had initially mentioned to Stewart, was shoot a video. After getting life out of the way, one blooming year later, I finally set out what I had told myself I’d do.

One thing I’d like to mention here, are my thoughts on the items which I didn’t feature in the video.

The Fresh Mixed Herbs Salad is spicy, tangy, sweet, crunchy and OMG ALMOST tastes like Yee Sang. To know that I no longer need to wait for every Chinese New Year season to eat it hasn’t made my life complete, but it comes pretty damn close.

The Thai Ice Tea is made with a milky smoothness whilst being dairy-free, and gently complements the strong presence of flavours on the table.

And I did mention this dessert in the video, but I think it’s pretty enough to show a picture here too.  The Red Ruby bowl is a huge serving, so either share this with a friend, or turn up at the restaurant with a major sweet tooth and a huge appetite. Jackfruit lovers take note!

Groundbreaking and exquisite, Kon Rak Pak is the Thai place in the Klang Valley you’ll be thankful for.

Kon Rak Pak

17-G, Jalan 17/56

Seksyen 17

46400 Petaling Jaya

Selangor, Malaysia

 

Tel: +603 74967639

Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri: 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–10pm

Sat – Sun: 11:30am–3pm, 6–10pm


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