Best Lemon Steam Fish Ever!

Dinner at Khunthai last night will go down as one of the more memorable and satisfying ones in my book. The occasion was a close family friend’s birthday and the 6 of us ordered dishes and rice. Among the more notable dishes were Mixed Seafood White Tom Yam, Lemon Steam Fish (Siakap) and Stirfried Lala.

One sip of the Lemon Steam Fish gravy and I was hooked. The natural sweetness of the fish blended seamlessly with the spiciness of the chillies and the sourness of the lemon. It was like a delightful fiesta of flavours teasing my taste palette playfully leaving me craving for more. It was the die for. And I am never going to order this dish at any other Thai restaurant but this one.


My family loves Thai food so we have long learned to go for the white instead of red Tom Yam. The one served at Khunthai was too sour for my taste but others at the table really enjoyed it. The restaurant was quite generous with the seafood which consisted of prawns and squids.



The Stirfried Lala was not up to my expectation though. It was not as aromatic as the Chinese Kam Heong style and the gravy was just ordinary. However, it is still a tasty dish.




Dessert was Red Ruby, the Thai version of ice kacang. Lots of water chestnut, green jelly, sliced nangka mixed with plenty of coconut milk and blended ice makes this dessert a perfect choice. It is cooling and sweet, ideal to calm down the taste buds after all the spicy and sour flavours earlier.

The restaurant we went to in Kepong was housed in an old nyonya design house with many olden days décor. Outside is the open area where guests can eat under the attap roof veranda. Service was very efficient. Only drawback was most of the waiters could not speak English, Malay, Cantonese or Hokkien as they are mostly native Thai but one can always point to the menu to order. Prices were very reasonable considering the quality of food. RM43 for a siakap fish that fed 6 persons was value for money. Such a dish could easily cost double the price elsewhere.

Khunthai Restaurant’s address is Jalan 17A & 18A, 52100 Desa Aman Puri, Kepong. There is also a branch in Jalan Gasing, PJ and Butterworth, Penang.

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