True Vietnamese Flavours
Brand New Restaurant Boasts Of Authentic Dishes From Vietnam
Mention Vietnamese food to any local and all they know is the Pho (Beef soup noodle), but there are more delicious dishes this exotic country has to offer. With this in mind, co-owner Eric decided to open a Vietnamses restaurant called Pho Vietz, just to offer the amazing local delights from his homeland for Malaysian to savour, all under one roof.
Helming the kitchen is their lead chef, Kenny Ton Ngoc Hiep, is a true blood Vietnamese with over 20 vast years of experience in authentic and local Vietnamese cuisine. A pioneer in International exposure of Vietnamese fare, to places in Europe, Africa, and Asia, Chef Kenny Ton stays passionate in keeping Pho Vietz true to his roots.
Located in Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Pho Vietz serves an extensive range of mouth-watering cuisine, over 50 choices ranging fron appetisers to rice and noodles to smacking desserts. Business is brisk on the weekends when I visited the restaurant last week. Hungry and curious patrons are seen to be queueing to get a seat in the week old restaurant. Pretty good for a week old restaurant to have such a long queue to get a taste of the Vietnamese cuisine.
Full House Restaurant On The Weekends
Diners can also stock up imported Vietnamese groceries while dining at Pho Vietz. They imported in some popular brands of Vietnam instant noodles, premium grade fish sauce, cooking sauces, condiments, crackers and many others to choose from.
Vietnamese Atiso Tea
RM 6.20 (Pot Per Pax)
To start off my culinary journey dining at Pho Vietz, I chill and unwind while sipping some authentic Vietnamese Atiso Tea. A pot is good for two although it's stated one pot for a pax. It's really good warm tea to drink as it's helps to clear your palette while waiting for the dishes to be served.
Vietnamese Prawn Salad
Vietnamese Prawn Salad is a super healthy salad, incredibly delicious serves with crunchy prawn cracker together with julienne carrots, coriander, mint, red chilli, thin rice noodles and sesame seed for the added flavour. An enjoyable salad to try, it will awake your tastebuds with the sweet and sourish dressing made from fish sauce and lime juice.
A Raw Piece of Prawn Cracker
The cracker used in this dish is specially imported from Vietnam, lending an authentic touch to the dish. Here's a shot of the tasty and crispy prawn cracker prior to frying. You can see that it's a special product made from lots of dry shrimp.
Fresh Prawn Roll
Fresh-tasting and healthy rice paper rolls packed with poached prawn, light vermicelli noodles, carrots, cucumber, chives and herbs, with a savoury sweet dipping sauce. I like the sauce for the extra peanuts for flavour and crunch. Eaten with the special sauce, these rolls are a great starter, light lunch or healthy snack.
Vietnamese Spring Roll
Moving on, we are treated to some Vietnamese Spring Roll. Clever combination of pork mince wrap in rice roll and deep-fry to crisp perfection. Again, it's topped with crunchy and fragrant peanuts that compliments the overall taste of the dish.
Steamed Rice Crepe Rolls With Minced Pork
Besides the deep fried Spring Rolls and Fresh Prawn Rice Roll, you can also try out the Steamed Rice Crepe Rolls With Minced Pork. Quite similar to our chee cheong fun, these steamed rice crepe rolls are very light crepe, soft and thin in texture with flavoursome minced pork within. I enjoy it most with the fragrant crisp shallots toppings and eaten with Vietnamese ham (cha lua) dipping sauce.
Also known as Banh Cuon, these tasty morsels look simple but takes lots of practice and hardwork to master making it. See how extremely thin and translucent the steamed rice roll are! They are is different from the rice rolls found at Chinese dim sum, cheong fun, because the banh cuon crepe/roll is extremely thin and delicate and not topped with sweet soy sauce.
Braised Pork Belly In Coconut Juice With Rice
Braised Pork Belly In Coconut Juice With Rice or also known as Thit Heo Kho Trung is an everyday dish the Southern Vietnamese people enjoy year around, but also a festive dish during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. A classic family dish, one of the many comfort foods in Vietnamese cuisine that brings back warm, delicious memories to their people.
These beautiful pork belly and eggs is braise it in sweet coconut juice – the natural sugars and eventually reduce and like magic, steeps a golden brown and delicious color to the pork and eggs. Long hours of braising and reduction of the liquid for a soft, melting in your mouth braised thit kho and a sweet and savory sauce. Sinful, succulent and rich, it’s the comfort of pork slowly cooked in sweet caramel, till the soft meat becomes rich and flavourful that makes all of us salivate.
To complete the dish, have some boiled eggs with this amazing pot of pork comfort, and some warm jasmine rice with some cool and crunchy Vietnamese salad for contrast and texture. I loved the light-tasting sauce made from coconut juice provide plenty of sweetness on its own, add depth to the juicy pork. Highly recommended, must-try dish at Pho Vietz!
Vietnamese Sour Soup & Caramel Fish With Rice
Vietnamese Sour Soup
If you are not into pork dishes, then you can opt for this combinaton value-for-money set of seafood sour soup and fish dish. The Vietnamese Sour Soup, a refreshing soup comprise of fresh prawns, fresh herbs and vegetables and best eaten with steamed jasmine rice as part of a traditional Vietnamese meal or alone with some rice vermicelli noodles. Diners will adore the contrasting flavours of sour, sweet, and savoury and you also love the contrasting textures of all the different vegetables.
For those favouring something apart from the pork and beef, can opt for this fish dish called Caramel Fish. The mackerel (Tenggiri) fish with white fillets is used to cook this dish. The flesh is light, firm texture with a mild fish flavour cooked in a savoury caramel sauce, and it's intensely fragrant and flavourful; the fish sauce adds a nicely salty punch too. Perfect fish dish with caramel base that balances out the hot and salty ingredients, goes very well with a warm bowl of rice too!
Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
What is Vietnamese cuisine without the Pho? Dining experience at a Vietnamese restaurant would not be complete if you have not tried the Pho. Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup is a simple staple noodles dish that is found in all major cities in Vietnam. Basically a street food, you are bound to bump into a crowd of hungry patrons slurping delicious noodles at a makeshift pho stand in Vietnam!
Simple but flavourful noodles dish consists of a beefy broth, fresh rice noodles, top with fresh herbs of basil, house-made beef balls and generous slices of tender beef. Loves the light and clear sweetness of the beefy flavour definitely goes well with many beef lovers.
Vietnamese Pork Rib Noodle Soup
If beef is not your cup-of-tea, then you should check out Pho Vietz's Vietnamese Pork Rib Noodle Soup which is equally delicious. A generous portion of the meaty pork ribs is cook in the herbs and spices infused flavoursome soup to bring out its natural flavour.
Stir-Fried Tiger Prawn Ho Fun
Moving on, you should check this Vietnamese Ho Fun, served gravy style with a generous portion of 3 big deep-fried tiger prawns and vegetables such as shiitake mushroom, onions, green peppers and broccoli. Full of wok-hei, this dish resemblance our Chinese 'Tai-Chow' ~ Cantonese Fried Hor Fun as it uses flat rice noodles or kuey teow too.
Banh Mi Baguette is Vietnamese most delicious sandwich, probably one of the most popular signature of Vietnamese food that is well known to many. Vietnamese bread originally came from the bread made in France, the kingdom of bread.
In Vietnam, it can be purchased right at the roadside stalls or from the street vendors. A very versatile food, and it can be served any time of the day and you can enjoy your Banh Mi with a variety of meat and vegetable fillings of your choice.
Banh Mi (Baguette)
Vietnamese Baguette With Pork Ball
Pho Vietz’s Banh Mi of Vietnamese Baguette With Pork Ball packs a lovely combination of melt-in-your-mouth meat and crunchy and fragrant vegetables, giving the dish its distinctive taste. A bite of Vietnamese baguette, you will never forget the crunchiness of the crust since it is very light, airy and crispy.
Vietnamese Coffee With Milk (Hot)
No dining experience is complete in a Vietnamese restaurant if you have not tasted their famous coffee. So wrapping up the meal is none other than the Vietnam Coffee, a drink synonymous with Vietnam cuisine. You can have it either on hot or cold version but I like mine hot and strong in flavour.
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Overall, Pho Vietz is a great place to dine if you looking for indulge yourself in some truly authentic and original Vietnamese cuisine. They focus on serving all-time Vietnamese favourites from Pho, beef noodle, Banh Mi, Thit Heo Kho Trung and Banh Cuon. The restaurant serves up home-style cooking from its kitchen with natural and nutritious ingredients in the menu, without compromising on taste and aesthetic values. Come early especially on weekends if you do not wish to queue as their staff are kept on their toes attending to a steady flow of hungry diners who seek affordably priced Vietnam food.
No.2 Jalan Radin Bagus 7
Bandar Baru Sri Petaling
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 - 9055 4016
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