Baan Kun Ya is a newly opened Thai restaurant located at Centrepoint in Bandar Utama. Even though it is a new restaurant, we were told that this Thai restaurant is very popular among the locals and the restaurant can be very crowded during peak hours. So to avoid the crowd, we arrived earlier at the restaurant. Parking at Centrepoint was okay and free as it was the weekend. Baan Kun Ya is located on the first floor above Starbucks and it is easy to spot with the huge sign hanging facing the main road.
We took quite a while to read through the menu as the list of dishes they serve here is quite comprehensive. For starters, we ordered the Thai Seafood Vermicelli Salad (Yum-Woon Sen) @ RM28.00. The Thai Seafood Vermicelli Salad was had a delicious tangy vermicelli seafood salad tossed with shrimps, squids and freshly shredded vegetables. It was a good combination of sweet, salty and spicy flavors. Some cashew nuts are added for different texture.
Our Thai meal would not be complete without a tom yam. We ordered the Creamy Tom Yam Soup (Tom Yam Nam Khon) @ RM38.00 which is basically a creamy milky tom yam mixed seafood of prawns, squids and fish, added with milk and chili paste. You may opt for prawns only or vegetables only, if you wish to. The level of spiciness of this tom yam can also be customised to suit your taste.
There are only two choices of curries, that is the Green Curry (Gaeng Kiao Wan) or the Smoked Duck Curry (Panang Phet) @ RM42.00. As we had not tried a smoked duck curry before, we ordered this instead of the green curry. The smoked duck appeared to be separately cooked from the curry. The tender duck meat was cooked in coconut milk before it was stirred in in red curry made of special Thai chili paste and seasoned with Thai herbs. Some slices of mandarin orange were used for the extra sour-sweetness taste.
We also tried their Steamed Seabass with Lemon Sauce (Pla Neung Ma Now) @ RM46.00. It may seem very complicated here and it is actually. There were many ingredients added in this dish such as lemon juice, garlic, chili, onion, coriander and lime slices. The fresh fish goes very well with this sweet, sourish and slightly spicy sauce. The only downside of this dish was that they gave a few slices of fish instead of the whole fish – which is what people normally do.
For vegetable, we ordered the Stir-Fried Paku with Belacan (Pak Kut Phad Gar Pi) @ RM22.00. The vegetable though were quite pricey but was very good. It had a saltish belacan taste and a little spicy.
There are quite many desserts they have on the menu and everything looks really appetising. The Mung Bean Candies (Look Choop) @ RM24.00 are the most good looking Thai desserts I’ve ever laid my eyes on. These cute and colourful candies were made of mung beans cooked with coconut milk, wrapped in jelly skin and shaped as fruits and vegetables with a distinctive glaze.
The Rainbow Coconut Jelly (Woon Jet See) @ RM12.00 may be just an ordinary colored coconut milk jelly but each layer appeared to be consistent in height and is a delightful dessert to invoke the little child in you.
The 5-Colored Crispy Rubies @ RM12.00 and the Purple Floating Lotus @ RM8.00 were quite ordinary when compared to the Mung Beans Jelly and the Rainbow Coconut Jelly.
The stricking purple drink on the left is made from a native plant in Thailand called the Butterfly Pea @ RM10.00. Apparently, the butterfly pea helps to stimulate blood circulation and restore the shine in your eyes. I did feel hot after my meal but I am not sure whether it is due to this drink or the spiciness of the tom yum soup. The drink on the right is the Ice Blended Coconut @ RM13.00.
Baan Kun Ya is a brightly lighted and cozy restaurant. There are different seating areas which include some private rooms. Folks in Bandar Utama do not need to look further for a decent Thai restaurant. Baan Kun Ya is a good place for a decent Thai meal.
Baan Kun Ya Thai Dining
F107-F110, 1st Floor, Centrepoint
No.3, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ
Tel: 03-7733 3337
Business hours: 11.30pm – 11pm