Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cungdinh Vietnam

If One Bangsar is indeed forced to close when its lease expires at the end of this year, we might lose one of the city's best Vietnamese restaurants.

Charcoal-grilled minced beef wrapped in wild betel. Fragrant and flavorsome.

A sampler of starters, mainly Hue traditional food _ prawn cakes, banana-leaf rice paste with minced prawns, tapioca rice cakes & spring rolls. Can't vouch for their authenticity, but they all seemed impeccably prepared.

Danang thick noodles, topped with prawns, chicken, sesame crackers & peanuts, served with mint, shredded banana flower & water spinach. Sounded like a complicated recipe, but it had a nice wholesomeness that made it taste almost home-cooked.

Tiger prawns broiled with rice wine. Plump, sweet crustaceans.

Hue noodles, buried and hidden beneath baby clams, starfruit, herbs & peanuts. Mix everything up for a nutritious, guilt-free noodle dish.

Charcoal-grilled snake fish. Fresh and tender enough to recommend.

Steamed seafood rice. We loved scraping out the succulent coconut flesh.

Can't leave without having the Vietnamese coffee.

Cungdinh Vietnam,
One Bangsar.
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16 comments:

  1. Darn, I love Viet cuisine, yet I dont seem to get to eat much of it!

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  2. Tng: ya, definitely wouldn't mind seeing a few more Vietnamese restaurants in town. Too bad most of the existing ones don't serve any alcohol besides wine though!

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  3. Wow this food looks pretty authentic! I shall tell my mom about it. She always complains about how vietnamese food in melbourne is better than the ones in kl. Maybe this would change her mind. :)

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  4. Michelle: oh yeah, this place seems to stay pretty true to the original Vietnamese recipes. Am crossing my fingers that the restaurants at one bangsar will get a reprieve and won't be forced to relocate...

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  5. Your descriptions are growing sublime even as they continue to keep to their brilliant brevity. Ah, a restaurant a day - how ever will we keep up with you, my friend?

    (I guess, then, thankfully they - meaning the restaurants, not your posts lah - are not all hits like Cungdinh, else we'd really wanna try them all. Hehe.)

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  6. We love Vietnamese food and have tried many in KL but not this one. Thanks for the post. Your lovely photos told me it is worth to check this place out:D

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  7. lfb: eeks, i'm terribly undeserving of your generous praise lah. :D but u know what they say: a restaurant a day keeps the ... wait, now i can't remember what it's supposed to keep away. certainly not the doctor, considering the amount of meat, sweets & booze we consume :P
    quay po cooks: yep, i really do feel that this place should rank among kl's top three best vietnamese restaurants. hopefully u'll be able to visit before the end of the year though, since the outlets at one bangsar might be forced to cease operating soon.

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  8. Oh well. I am certain you indulge in plenty of fruits and vegetables during day, before your nightly feasting. Uhm, rite?

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  9. Lfb: oops, no, I don't. I just depend on a trusty multi-tablet consumption of stuff like vitamins, fish oil and herbs, and even fiber tablets occasionally :D it seems to work so far, since my health checkups put me in the "normal" range for everything, phew!

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  10. FIBRE tablets? Isn't easier simply to consume the real thing... like from fruits & vegetables?

    You, my friend, are an anomaly (with your perfect health results) and as such, life is proven to be truly unfair (for the rest of us). :P

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  11. Lfb: buying and eating fresh fruits n veggies takes more time and effort than just popping a fiber pill. I suspect the fiber capsules are cheaper too. Now who says Sean isn't the soul of thrifty wisdom :D well, the true test will be in about 10 years time and we're all in our 40s. Here's wishing us all as much of an ailment-free middle-agedness as possible!!!

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  12. Here's to our ailment-free 40's and beyond! :D

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  13. lfb: and no worries, for some ailments, there's always viagra :P

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  14. I think it's very silly of them to close Bangsar One. They have pretty nice dining places there like the House of Tang which I quite like their dim sum lunch.

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  15. eiling: ya, but the residents there have made complaints, saying they don't want one bangsar there. let's see what happens after the end of the year...

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  16. thanks for Eatdrinkkl.blogspot.com had posted Cungdinh food Photos. Its so nice, nice shot too.
    By the way, we are moved to Asian Heritage Row, Jalan Doraisamy a year by now. we hope you still support us as before
    Van Nguyen

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