Restaurant Peek: Bua Traditional Thai Cuisine
By: Joie Ha
Bua Traditional Thai Cuisine, a newly opened Thai restaurant in Aurora, prides itself in authenticity. Every detail in the restaurant- from the fresh ingredients to the decor imported from Thailand- contribute to creating a genuine experience. Kesara Homdayjanakul, the owner of Bua Traditional Thai Cuisine, remarks that eating here should feel like, “taking a step into Thailand.” With an extensive menu and chefs that all hail from Thailand, they definitely accomplish this goal.
Bua in Thai is defined as lotus. The lotus in Thai culture is spiritually significant as it represents the multiple stages of enlightenment that Buddha had reached. The owners chose this name as a homage to their family’s resilience and journey towards success and fulfillment.
The menu includes common classics that Thai foodies would recognize like Pad Thai (fried noodles), Tom Yum (hot and sour soup), and a variety of curries. It also includes a multitude of foods that are more unique and rare to the Colorado Thai food scene like the Gang Phed Ped Yang (crispy duck in red curry), sticky rice, and a whole section dedicated to Issan (Northeastern Thai) cuisine.
The Gang Phed Ped Yang is served in a Thai golden pot and includes not only crispy, succulent bone-in duck, but also carries a variety of ingredients like pineapples, tomatoes, bell peppers, and an abundance of Thai herbs. All of this is stewed in a rich red curry that will be sure to pleasure your taste palate! Creating all of the curry and sauces at Bua Traditional Thai Cuisine takes a half day of prep and cooking- ensuring that each bite is infused with flavor.
Another special dish is the Issan set which includes grilled marinated Thai-style Angus steak, Som Tum, and sticky rice. Hailing from Northeastern Thailand, this dish includes a side of sticky rice that the chefs make in house. Different from traditional white rice, sticky rice is of a chewier consistency and sweeter taste. To add to the authenticity, the sticky rice is served in a small bamboo container like you would find in Thailand. You can choose to eat it in the traditional method by using your hands to ball up perfect bite-sized portions, or you can choose to use a fork or spoon. The steak is tender and sliced so you can easily dip it into a delicious spicy sauce that is served on the side. Som Tum is a green papaya salad that boasts fresh, spicy, and sour elements- adding more dimensions to the taste of this dish. Overall, the combination of these flavors create a delicious and authentic experience.
Also noteworthy is their Tiger Prawn Tamarind which includes large, crunchy yet juicy tiger prawns drizzled in a sweet and sour tamarind sauce. Tamarind fruit comes from trees that are not indigenous to the United States, and as a result offers a very unique and special taste. The tamarind fruit gives off a naturally sweet and sour flavor and pairs well with the tiger prawns.
For appetizers, try the starter combo which includes wontons, egg rolls, Thai wraps, and little mermaids. The little mermaids are shrimps that are wrapped with rice paper and deep fried creating the shape of a mermaid fin- a cute name to match a cute dish. For dessert, try the Bua Loi which is a special sweet soup-like dessert that includes colorful tapioca balls soaked in a creamy and sweet coconut milk. Another classic to add to your meal is their homemade Thai tea!
Bua Thai is a restaurant that strives for authenticity and as a result puts care and thought into every little detail. Instead of using substitutes for rare Thai herbs, they go the extra mile to order from vendors that are able to provide them the fresh herbs that they need to create a genuine Thai flavor. They spend multiple hours to hand-make their dishes and all of their chefs have a love for cooking. Bua Thai is a must try for any foodie that loves Thai cuisine.
Bua Traditional Thai Cuisine
950 S Abilene St, Aurora, CO 80012
Sample Menu for 2
Starter Combo $9.95
Chicken Pad Thai $10.95
Issan Set $13.95
Bua Loi $5.95
Lunch Specials Available Monday-Friday from 11:00 am- 3:30 pm.
Includes selected entrees, an egg roll, and the house coconut soup