Chinese New Year is around the corner, so almost every restaurant in the market is gearing towards making some extra bucks out of this festive season. Yee Sang, set dinner and almost all sorts of packages can be found in daily papers and distributed pamphlets. Tonight, we set out for our so called pre-reunion” dinner at this Thai restaurant in Petaling Jaya which was recommended by Cat.
Nestled within the neighborhood off Jalan Gasing, it’s not hard to locate Khun Thai but finding a parking space can be a tedious chore. Some even parked their vehicle without much consideration to others! Tip… come early!
KhunTai occupies 2 shoplots, one being an air-conditioned while another non air-conditioned and outdoor dining as well. We opted to sit at the non air-conditioned area as it was drizzling, so it it was cooling enough. Courteous Thai workers warmly greets you with “Sawadee Kap” the minute you walk into this premise. A warm welcome indeed!
Thai Style Salmon Yee Sang @ RM 28.00 (small) ~ This dish signifies prosperity to Chinese who believe that the more you “lou” (mixed the yue sang) the better luck will follow you throughout the year. It has become one of the “without fail” practices, especially during the Chinese New Year season. Very sourish but a good starter to whet your appetite! A 7/10!
The war of the chopsticks began! The more you mixed and the higher you do it will bring you good wealth and prosperity, especially to those in business and under employment! Well, that’s how it was believed! I always think that work hard and smart is the key to success! Nevertheless, just mix la!!
Mixed Seafood Tomyam @ RM 33.00 (Large) ~ The color of this pot of tom yam spells “fiery” and true enough, it was! Squids were ok, fish meat was fine but the prawns weren’t that fresh. The soup got thicker and tasted a little bitter towards the end. Kinda disappointed with it being a “signature” Thai cuisine! A 4/10!
Thai Steamed Fish @ RM 48.00 ~ Fresh white Siakap (barramundi) with lemongrass & lime soup base, Thai style. Sourish-ly good but the heat from the burning charcoal in the serving dish below was too intense, hence, the soup was kept boiling resulting the fish being overcooked! Should have used less burning charcoal. A pity, it could have been better. A 5/10!
Kam Heong Clams (lala) @ RM 15.00 ~ The chili paste was seriously tasty and I thought it was chili paste lala at first. Didn’t taste a bit like Kam Heong style at all. Lala flesh was ok but tasted better textured ones! A 6/10!
4 Heavenly Kings @ RM 15.00 (small) ~ Honestly, we found only 3 kings which is the asparagus, long beans and petai. Where is the 4th king we wonder?? Could it be the prawns? Thought that was the queen? Anyway, this was good and the prawns were crunchy! An 8/10!
This lovely Thai dinner really went well with the Chinese New Year atmosphere as most of the dishes we ordered were “reddish” in color (lotsa chillies)! The whole meal came out to RM 200.80 with 8 plain white rice @ RM 1.40 (RM11.20), 8 glasses of Diamond filtered water @ RM 0.50 (RM4.00), 2 cans of Coca-Cola @ RM 2.20 (RM 4.40) and 1 can of 100 Plus @ RM 2.20.
A mediocre dinner on the whole, nothing exceptionally outstanding worth mentioning except being very reasonable in terms of pricing as there’s no government and service charge imposed at this restaurant.
Service was good and courteous from most of the Thai workers. Apart from this outlet, they have 2 other outlets in Kepong and Bukit Mertajam respectively. A very good family gathering dinner and a “BIG” thank you to Cat for this lovely treat!
- KhunTai Authentic Thai Restaurant
- No. 6, Jalan 5/44, Petaling Garden
- Off Jalan Gasing
- 46000, Petaling Jaya
- Tel – 603-7781 7523 (PJ)/604-3327 7523 (Butterworth)/603-6277 3523 (Kepong)
- Business Hours – 1000-1500/1700-1200 (daily)
- Website – http://www.khuntai.com.my
- GPS Coordinates
- N03′ 05.202 E101′ 39.284