Thursday, July 24, 2008

Khuntai Restaurant @ Petaling Garden

Time to clear some backlogs again! Today's post: Khuntai Restaurant located in Petaling Garden, Off Jalan Gasing. Surprisingly, I still have the receipt with me and I had this meal on 15 December 2007! (If anyone charge me for anything at that day and time, i have my alibi..hehe). Not sure if they have increased the price though, so do note that the price I quoted here was based on last year's price.

After reading Boolicious post on this place, I was really keen to check the place out simply because during my secondary school days (can you guess which school I am from?), whenever I have to stayed back for school activities, I will sure passed by this place in order to get to the Old Town Bus Station to catch a bus home. It was a long walk from my school to the bus station but I didn't mind as a group of us will be too busy chit chatting. Back then of course, I didn't really pay attention if this restaurant already exist. Anyway, Khuntai Restaurant serves Thai cuisine although from the outside it looks like a normal 'tai chow' restaurant. A look at their menu and with Thai songs playing in the background, you can be assured it is indeed a Thai restaurant.
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For appetizer, we ordered a serving of Mieng Kam which came in generous portion of betel leaves together with condiments such as toasted peanuts, toasted dried shrimps, toasted coconut flakes, lime cubes, young ginger cubes, shallots cubes and chopped birds' eye chilies. And not forgetting the maltose-like sauce too!
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Folding the betel leave from one end to the other to form a cone, fill it up with a small spoonful of each condiments and drizzle with the sauce. Sweet, Sour, Spicy, Savoury and with a tinge of bitterness (lime skin). Mmm yum yum yum....I can guarantee you will reach out for second helping in no time. I am pretty impressed with this first dish! Generous portion for only RM12. Big thumbs up!
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Our 'small' portion of Seafood Tom Yum came served in a huge steamboat pot! Lots of prawns, squids, fish slices, fish balls and mushrooms were scooped out from the pot throughout the meal. It was spicy, spicy and spicy! I remember I ended up having a burning tummy.
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The Chicken Meat with Basil Leaf (RM10 for small) was served next. Not impressed at all as chicken breast strips were used and it looked more like stir fry dark soy chicken to me. Chicken meat was tough. And halfway through the meal, I noticed the absence of basil and hence the waiter came over to apologised, took it back, came back 5 minutes later with the balance of our dish + few basil leafs. It was obvious they toss it again with the basil leave and the chicken breast strips were even tougher after that. BAD!!!
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Steamed Siakap or Lemon Fish they called it, was served in metal plate with burning hot charcoal underneath. And if the Tom Yum didn't get you perspiring, now is the time! The heat from the charcoal together with the spiciness from the gravy will definitely make you sweat! Phew! We were not impressed though as the gravy was way too sour for our likings. Actually, we discover a place in Klang specialising in this dish...well..that is in my backlog too.
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Lastly, stir-fry brussel sprouts with garlic (RM8). How wrong could it get??
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Total damage including rice and 3 drinks came up to RM86.50. I found out that they have a website too! You can check out their menu, address, location map and operating hours here.

23 comments:

J2Kfm said...

chicken without the basil? haha ... how did he explain? probably at that time, basil's mighty expensive?

never try mieng kam, though probably a staple for Thai ppl. the chilli padi in yours look fiery if bitten.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha ur alibi story reminds me of the shaggy song..

it wasn't me..it wasn't me..

Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah said...

I think you can probably dish up a snazzier version of Seafood Tom Yum yourself, O Secret Master Chef! ;)

Precious Pea said...

j2kfm: Basil not expensive, it's just that they forgot to put some in which i find the excuse is rather unacceptable.

NJoe: With the currently political situation, this song should be a HIT!

kenny: Actually I did once years ago from scratch (as in no tom yum paste to cheat) and it was not too bad actually. ;)

myCoffee said...

I have been wanting to try this restaurant but haven't got the chance yet but your experience there didn't sound too good, eh?

ps: Btw, are you an ex-Tpian? Coz, I am. ;)

Precious Pea said...

mycoffee: OMG!! Which year were you in?? Yes am ex-Tpian!!!!

myCoffee said...

Class of 93.

Precious Pea said...

YOU ARE MY SENIOR!!! Am Class of 95.

Nic (KHKL) said...

haha, i half-eye-open, half-eye-close on the backlog. too many already!

and i like mieng kum! can order this is a posh thai restaurant and sit there for hours! haha!

jason said...

Hey, we can ask Teckiee to make mieng kam again :)

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Love mieng kam. I can't handle the chili though. That's why I add it to the sauce.

Precious Pea said...

nic: Yes, of all the dishes I had and if i ever return to this place, I think I will just order Mieng Kam and nothing else.

jason: I didn't get to try Teckiee's mieng kam :(

wandering chopsticks: Saw your recipe. Maybe i will try doing it at home one day. OOo...and i love those chili!

daphne said...

the betal leave one looks interesting- one that i hv not tempted before. i wonder how does it taste like?

ling239 said...

i like the clear color tom yum soup ^_^

worldwindows said...

Mieng Kam. Spoiling for a good Thai meal after a disastrous Thai meal in Chiang Mai.

Sam's mistress said...

Ummy-nummy! I just adore spicy Thai foods! I'm surprised you found that receipt after so long, too. Good record keeping! LOL!

Hazza said...

This was the kind of stuff I had when I visited Thailand as a kid, but you could not easily get Thai food in PJ/KL at that time. Looking at the pics makes me wish I was there again!

wmw said...

Kept forgetting about this place each time I had to think where to eat!

Ms. _______ 2 be ! said...

Ahhh nice pink bowls...

Shell (貝殼) said...

i never try the traditional thai appertizer~~i worry i c't stand the smelt of the leaf

ai wei said...

ahhhhh
my stomach get acidic after reading this post, especially the tom yum. the longer i stay here the more damage my stomach will be

JeromeFo 令狐冲 said...

Tom yum Fish+ prawns -_-
My fav foods choice...
Wish i could follow you to the place....

Precious Pea said...

daphne: Actually, I don't find any taste from the betel leaf.

ling239: Me too. I don't like those thick coconut milk based tom yum.

worldwindows: Aww..didn't have a good experience in Chiang Mai? Northern Thai food is quite different.

sam's mistress: I have lots of receipts, restaurant business cards, brochures, etc all chucked away in my drawer.

hazza: Now we have a lot of Thai restaurant in PJ/KL but some are very pricey with miserable portion whereas those cheaper ones are not authentic Thai. I guess more reason to travel up North??

wmw: Hehe...go visit and let me know how you find the food here.

ms 2 be: Hehe..those are cheap plastic bowls but stainless...very clean.

shell: The leaf has got no smell. Very nice, do try.

ai wei: Speaking of acidic, my tummy was burning whole night after this meal and my dad had tummy upset cos he cannot take spicy food.

jeromefo: Come come!!

 

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