Baan Kun Ya, a Thai restaurant at Centrepoint in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, is a place where diners can enjoy good food in a cosy environment.
The interior of the restaurant is decorated with rice sieves and other items from the Thai culture, which gives the eatery a homely feel.
The restaurant is partitioned into several dining areas, allowing guests to have more privacy and enjoy the interior setting. There is also a private dining space for office lunch meetings or small celebrations.
Baan Ku Ya means “grandma’s house”, and the food here is said to be like those cooked in Thai homes.
Among the must-try appetisers here is the Miang Kham (Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bite).
The ingredients are presented on a platter and diners can make their own leaf-wrapped snack. They can also choose what should be wrapped in the leaf.
The dish is enjoyed by using cha plu leaves to wrap ingredients such as ginger, shallots, chilli, cashew nuts and the restaurant’s sweet “miang” sauce.
The experience is a great way to kick-start a conversation if you are dining with clients. It is also fun to share the experience with family and friends.
If you fancy salads, try the Yum Woon Sen, which is a Thai seafood vermicelli salad.
It is cooked with a generous portion of seafood and slightly spicy.
As for the main course, try the Panang Phet – Smoked Duck in Red Curry Sauce. The tender and boneless duck meat comes with thick curry and garnished with mandarin oranges.
Dining at Thai restaurants is never complete if you do not try their tom yam as well as green curry.
At Baan Kun Ya, you can find both dishes. Here, they are called Tom Yam Goong Nam Khon and Geng Kiao Wan respectively.
The tom yam dish was spicy and had plenty of seafood such as tiger prawns, squid and fish. The green curry, which was a bit on the sweet side, had a lot of chicken and vegetables, such as eggplant and long beans.
In the dessert selection, the restaurant has Look Choop. These attractive, colourful candies are made of mung beans cooked with coconut milk.
If you are the type who would never fail to post photos of your food odyssey on social media, make sure you order this dessert. It tastes nice and you would be able to get some nice shots of this colourful treat.
Diners should also try the Five-Coloured Crispy Rubies, featuring cubes of water chestnut in five colours topped with jackfruit and palm fruit, then served with coconut cream and palm syrup.
The Purple Floating Lotus made of water chestnut coated with tapioca flour, served with coconut cream and palm syrup is another dessert option for those with a sweet tooth.
BAAN KUN YA, F107-F110, 1st Floor, Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7733 0226). Business hours: 11am to 11pm, daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.