Saturday, July 11, 2009

Khunthai Thai Food Restaurant in Petaling Jaya

Malaysia Khuntai Thai Food Restaurant
Khunthai Thai Food Restaurant is one very popular restaurant located in Petaling Garden or Section 5 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Many people keep asking me about nice restaurants in PJ, well this is one of them.

Now, before I go on I would like to stress that I grew up in Petaling Gardens or Section 5 since 1971. So, what has come and gone in this little section of P.J has always been in the back of my mind.

Khunthai Thai Food Restaurant in Petaling Jaya

Khunthai restaurant entrance
This restaurant was opened around 2005 in the area known to most PJ people as Section 5 or near Kavithas Indian Food in Petaling Garden.

Another good landmark would be the PJ Old Town Roundabout. Khunthai also means Thai People in the native language and has a branch in Butterworth, Penang and recently in Puchong.

The menu at Khuntai Restaurant in PJ
When I first went there in 2006, the place was pretty new and there were not many people there. Those who came were the curious and Khuntai Thai Restaurant is now almost famous by word of mouth mainly.

What kind of crowd goes there? Families, expatriates, companies, friends and even lovebirds. Best to go in a group of 4 or 6 people.

So, what makes Khuntai Thai Restaurant so special? Seriously, the food is pretty good compared to the many other Thai restaurants.

If you are a real Thai Food junkie, you would remember that one place many many years ago inside Sungai Buloh where it was really excellent Thai food.

Eventually, they made so much money and moved into a palace inside Kampung Melayu Sungai Buloh.

Anyway, Khuntai Thai Restaurant reminds me of that old place in Sungai Buloh. Nice ambiance and great food.

Food to Order at Khunthai Restaurant PJ

Kedondong drink

To start the ball rolling, you should order the Kedondong (Ambarella) Juice with Sour Plum. This is served in a plastic jug with whiskey glasses.

Something different and really nice if you like the mixture. Well, most Malaysians love it. If not they have other drinks available from juices to beer.

Thai Lemon Style Fish
The Thai lemon sauce fish at Khunthai
One of the must-try dishes at Khunthai Restaurant is the highly popular Steamed Fish in a Thai Lemon Style sauce.

The owner claims that they use White Sea Bass instead of the normal type which most restaurants use as the white sea bass does not produce that fishy smell.

What makes this dish special is that the steamed fish is served over a charcoal fire in a little stone stove.

The sauce that comes along with the fish is one of the best sauces I have tasted. On the sour side, you can just drink it as it is.

Charcoal fire warming for the fish

On a side note, the charcoal can be quite hot if it is placed next to you so it would be advised to place it away from the diners. Unless of course you are feeling cold and need some warmth.

Fish in Thai style with soup

Another plus point about the Fish in Thai Style sauce is that the special soup can be refilled at any time. Just ask any of the waiters and they will top it up.

As the fish slowly cooks over the charcoal fire, the juices of the fish will get into the sauce, which is what makes this dish amazing.

After about 15 minutes, the soup tastes really great and this is where you start to drink the soup by itself.

If you do not top it up, the fish will end up sticking to the bottom of the dish and you start to get the burnt smell.

Thai prawn cakes with batter
One of the dishes that tasted quite good was the Thai Prawn Cakes cooked in batter. Strangely they did not have the common Thai Fish Cakes. I wonder why. Maybe next time around, I will ask them.

Petaling Jaya Seafood Tom YumSeafood Tom Yum, everyone's favorite

The Seafood Tom Yum was also quite tasty, fresh and recommended. After all, you are in a Thai restaurant.

The dish came with an average portioning of prawns, fish, and squid cooked in a traditional tom tum aluminum pot.

Not that I am a huge chili lover but according to my buddies, this tom yum dish was much better than many other places.

Khunthai Nameless Chicken
Famous nameless chicken at Khunthai Restaurant
One of the quirky names in the menu was ordered, and this Thai style fried chicken was on the crunchy side and tasted really good.

In the checkout bill, this dish is called 'Nameless Chicken'. I guess the owner and cook could not decide on what to call it.

Chicken Lap Dish
Thai Chicken Laap, a popular dish here
Overall, all of the dishes were excellent and there were no complaints. Why? Because of the variety, they had there and also the items that you do not usually see on a Thai Menu.

Only one of the dishes was a tad disappointing which was the Lap or Laap, which was not up to the Thai standards. 

I have tasted the real thing in Bangkok, Cambodia and also in Laos. What we are having here is nothing close to what you get there.

Put it this way, if you go to the UK and order Chicken Rice, it sure ain't gonna taste like what you get at home here.

Bill for four person at Khunthai Restaurant PJ
Khunthai restaurant total bill for four persons
PJ Khunthai Thai RestaurantDiners at Khuntai Thai Restaurant

Finally, I would recommend you go either before the peak crowd or after it. If you go during lunch or dinner, you may have to wait it out a little. But the service is overall quite acceptable and fast.

Address to Khunthai Authentic Thai Restaurant;
6 Jalan 5/44,
Petaling Garden,
Off Jalan Gasing,
Petaling Jaya 46000
Selangor

Telephone: 03-7781 7523
Business Hours are: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm / 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm

*Update 2017 - I am unsure if this restaurant is still operational. Best to call or check on Google. 

Final Thoughts to Khunthai Thai Restaurant in Petaling Jaya

For those looking for some nice Thai food in PJ, there are a few restaurants available to suit your taste, and each person has their own individual preferences. 

After living here in PJ for almost four decades, I have seen and tried many places while some have seized operations while many have lost their touch.

For the new generation food bloggers, you may have missed the good old days of pure dedication in the food industry but modernization has changed the concept of eating nowadays.

For years I have been sourcing out distinguished places to eat and Khunthai Thai Restaurant in Petaling Jaya is one of the rare ones. I am sure many of you will agree.

14 comments:

Mat`amiT said...

wah looks delicious

c0co said...

i LOVE thai tomyum besides my mummy cook tomyum!!!! both them the best!!!*-*

Benedict said...

The ambiance looks pretty nice and the foods yummy ... yeah the I enjoys the ambarella drink very much while in Penang. Now I know it is available in PJ too :D

KwOnG FeI said...

.the foods and ambience look nice...
should try it one day~~

Anonymous said...

I like your Thai Fish pictures look delicious, makes me want to eat it! I didn't know that PJ has a such nice ambiance place to eat!Well, now i Know....!

Joanne W. said...

cool! i didn't know they have one in pj. I've been to the one in Butterworth. Food is really good and cheap! I'm so gonna go to the one in pj! Thanks for the info! I'm a huge fan of thai food! ^_^

David Jr said...

Hi guys/gals, thanks for the nice comments. And more importantly, there IS good food in PJ, just hard to come by. Again, I am always on the lookout for really nice places on food so you will see a lot more places in my blog.

Thinking about the place makes me hungry again.... mmmmm.... a trip there soon!

David

annant said...

*licks lappie's screen*
enough said.

Anonymous said...

I heard about Thai Food that it is very delicious in taste; I wish I try it one day. Thanks for this delicious post.

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thenomadGourmand said...

Lovve Kavithas but this Thai plc is also highly recom by my food bloggin frens too!
however, nd to get a grp else hard to sample the variety!

eric_c said...

yes this is a really good restaurant, the charcoal-stove fish is recommended.

now you make me wanna go there soon!

Nancie said...

You have just made me incredibly hungry for some Thai food......nice post!

Khunthai Village Restaurant (PJ) said...

To all My Friends.....
Here is "Khunthai Restaurant PJ",
Thanx for the comment,The food not only "LOOK DELICIOUS" It is really Nice & Yummy....
Please Welcome to our Restaurant.
We have onather branc in Kepong & Pineng.
The HQ of the Khunthai Village Rest is in Butterwoth.
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