Being in Bangsar during lunch while on a shoestring budget is never a good thing. Our choices of places for an el-cheapo meal is limited. Especially when my colleague and I craved for some thing more relaxing than pushing through the chaotic atmosphere of Nam Chuan. It was then I remembered of a quaint little place that came highly recommended by many foodies.
“...make a left and you’ll pass BAHT, this really amazing Thai place. What? You’ve not heard of it? Where you’ve been? You must eat here one day, but now continue driving down Lorong Kurau…“
I found out about Baan Aa-Haan Thai while driving Toyboy‘s birthday celebration not too long ago. Yes, while driving. Nigel pointed the place out while he was guiding me through the fishy lanes maze on the phone. BAHT is owned by the people behind sandwich chain, JJ Supersandwich group, is located along a sleepy strip of shophouses in the older part of Bangsar. This little gem serves the typical fuss-free Thai meals like rice, soup and dishes.
Since we were a bunch of hungry (not to mentioned greedy) souls, we ordered a plate of their signature Thai Chicken Rice (RM6.30) each, both steamed and roasted. My order of steamed chicken breast meat was nothing special. I would have preferred my colleague’s roasted (or was is grilled) version more. Each plate cames with a bowl of fluffy rice deliciously cooked in chicken stock, parsley and sprinkled with fried garlic on top. It was hard trying not to finish up the rice – Monkey’s gotta look hot in his board shorts. But what made this a different experience was the choice of condiments. We were told to mixed the green chili paste, bean paste and ginger-garlic puree together for a true Thai affair. Although each of these condiments were very distinct in taste individually, they came well together in a sweet, tangy and aromatic union. Each order also came with a bowl of clear chicken broth which we gladly relished up too.
We also ordered a side of Green Curry Chicken (RM7.30) and Paku Kerabu Salad (RM5.30) to share. The thick and mean curry was as authentic as the ones found of the streets of Bangkok. It was surprisingly very spicy too, which was a good thing. I personally find many Thai restaurant’s green curry lacking a kick like the one here. The salad made of perfectly blanched fern, fresh shallot, dried shrimp paste and mixed with a simple dressing of lime juice was insanely refreshing. I could have just ordered two portions of the salad and made it meal.
I know I did say we were on a budget, but the call of dessert was just too hard to resist. What came next was an order of Steamed Tapioca with Coconut Cream (RM4.00) and Mango Glutinous Rice (RM5.00). Both were liberally flooded with the same fragrant coconut cream which went really well with the tapioca and glutinous rice.
Impressed and bloated, we asked for the bill. It worked out to be about RM15.00 per person. ONLY! Hooray for not breaking the bank. Needless to say, we went back to the office with a smile permanently plastered on our faces for the rest of the day. This has got to be one of my favourite place to eat for now.