Monday, September 16, 2013

Baan Khun Nai Authentic Thai: Sawadeekrap from Northeastern Thailand

 
[Text and Photo by Guest Writer Kerri]
Craving for some authentic Thai food? It’s just meters away from the famous 328 Katong Laksa! With an experienced Thai chef and spices from North-eastern Thailand, Baan Khun Nai Authentic Thai Restaurant definitely has its own signature dishes to boast.

Ordered a Thai iced tea to quench my thirst and I loved it. Anyway I am not a fan of lemongrass, and milk helps to alleviate the spiciness.  We started off the meal with Mango Salad $7 which is a medley of classic ingredients such as green mango, onions, cherry, tomatoes tossed with peanuts and dried shrimps. I personally find it a tad too spicy. Still, a decent appetizer, tangy and spicy.

The Glass Noodle Salad $8 was yummy and filling with a generous portion of chicken, prawns, cuttlefish and dried shrimps in the tunghoon. Love the chili lime dressing, perfect for summer nights!

I wasn’t particularly wow-ed by the Tom Yum Soup (choice of chicken/ pork/ prawn/ seafood) $8 but the chef here is generous with the seafood as some places only have a few pieces of meat and a chunk of spices.  Somehow the soup wasn’t that spicy as compared to the mango salad. 

Perhaps the most healthiest dish of the day was the Steamed seabass $29. I have never tried seabass this way, but it was actually quite delish with the spicy lime sauce.

One of the signature dishes is the Non-spicy grilled pork served with the Chef's Special Thai sauce $11. The meat was juicy and tender, though the sauce would have tasted better with some zing by throwing in some pineapples.
Another noteworthy one was the Dry Curry Pork $8. As the name suggests, only a minimum amount of coconut curry clings onto the meat but the flavours are no less compromised as it went fantastically with the Olive Fried Rice $8. The rice is peppered with slices of raw onions, chilli padi and lovely toasted cashew nuts for a more exciting texture. 

Nothing very exciting about the Green curry chicken $8 simmered with eggplant as the taste of the coconut curry wasn’t that strong and intense on palate as I had expected it to be.
My favorite dish was the Claypot Tunghoon-Prawn steamed with vermicelli and Thai Sauce $16, served piping hot! A definite must try, probably the best tunghoon I have ever had in my entire life! The chef probably stir-fried the tung hoon with her homemade thai sauce. 
 
And yes, there’s always room for dessert. The Mango sticky rice $6 served on porcelain leaf dish, makes the dish so aesthetically appealing. The mango is sweet enough and pairs excellently with the warm sticky rice.  Being a Thai food fanatic, I am thankful to have tried such a wide spread of authentic Thai dishes. Happy and full stomach~!

Baan Khun Nai Authentic Thai
11 East Coast Road, #01-22
The Odeon Katong, S(437844)
Nearest to Dakota Station
Tues-Sat: 11.30am-10pm
Sun: 10am-10pm
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Special thanks to OpenRice for the kind invitation and Baan Khun Nai Authentic Thai for the great hospitality!

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