Baan Kun Ya offers a beautiful setting for a Thai meal of both classic & contemporary fare – with a team that includes a Thai head chef, the restaurant’s philosophy of soulful cooking is embodied by its name, which translates into “Grandma’s House.”

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Miang Kham and Yam Pak Kut Goong Yang

The ideal meal at Baan Kun Ya begins with Miang Kham (RM26) to perk up the appetite – cha plu leaves with an array of accompaniments, from chopped cashew nuts, chillies & dried shrimp to ginger, shallots & lemon, for a diversity of flavours in each invigorating bite. We also like the sweet-sour zing of the Yam Pak Kut Goong Yang (RM25) – grilled tiger prawns cushioned with a substantial salad of blanched fiddlehead ferns (pucuk paku), fried onions & Thai herbs for plenty of fibre

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Chillies and Spices

The use of chillies & punishing spices at Baan Kun Ya is relatively restrained, providing for mellow recipes not overpowered by fieriness. Seafood enthusiasts might want to try the sea bass, fresh & lightly steamed, complemented with coriander, garlic, lemon juice & lime slices (RM46), or the prawn tom yam, milky but not too creamy, loaded with lots of crustaceans (RM48). The current menu carries one curry – green, with clean, uncomplicated flavours – with a choice of beef (RM42), chicken or tofu.

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Milder Nuances

The chicken & the egg are both worthwhile for patrons who prefer even milder nuances: The meat is tender, comprising grilled boneless thigh flesh marinated with lemongrass & matched with green nam pla fish sauce (RM35), while the capably prepared omelette contains succulent chunks of crab, both inside & out, for a thick, fluffy treat presented warm on a banana leaf (RM32).

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Fried Rice and Phad Thai

Single-plate nourishment is available: Our top temptation is the fried rice, bolstered by fragrantly juicy pandan chicken, half a thinly breaded hard-boiled egg & kaffir lime leaves (RM22), though it’s also difficult to resist ordering the phad thai, aromatic with tamarind paste, partnered with a tiger prawn & the requisite peanuts, bean sprouts, chilli flakes & spring onions (RM25).

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Desserts

Save space for desserts; these may be Baan Kun Ya’s forte. We especially like the Look Choop (RM24 for 12 pieces) – smooth mung bean paste cooked with coconut milk, wrapped in a glazed jelly skin, looking like candy in shapes of fruit & vegetables; easy to pop into the mouth & happily enjoy. For a refreshing finish to the meal, there’s Bua Loi Tub Tim (RM8), the ‘purple floating lotus’ favourite, featuring pearls of crunchy water chestnuts coated in tapioca flour, submerged in a bowl of chilled coconut cream & palm sugar. If you’re sharing, there’s a selection of Tar Kho (RM10 for three pieces; creamy chestnut jelly laced with sago & corn, layered with coconut cream, wrapped in pandan leaves & crowned with sweetened shredded egg yolk) & Woon Jet See (RM12 for three slices; rainbow-coloured coconut milk jelly, topped with egg yolk-coated mung bean paste).

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Beverages

Baan Kun Ya’s drinks are distinctively delicious too, with thirst-quenching highlights like the butterfly pea-dyed Nam Aun Chan (RM9.90), a rich ice-blended coconut beverage (RM12.90) & the Nam Kra Jeab roselle beverage (RM9.90). Wine is offered by the bottle, with a French M. Chapoutier starting at RM119. Many thanks to Baan Kun Ya for having us here.

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Location and Contact Details

Baan Kun Ya

F107-F110, First Floor, Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama

Tel:+603-7733-3337

Daily, 1130am-11pm

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