Thursday, February 2, 2012

Vietnam House

If the name sounds familiar, it could be because 1 Utama's Vietnam House is the spin-off from a First World Hotel establishment on Genting Highlands. Vietnamese booze is the key attraction, but we'll get to that after the food.

It's pork-free, but there's no lack of traditional pleasures here. The steamed "banh beo" succeeds as a dainty alternative to Chinese dim sum. Smooth, sticky rice cakes, deliciously topped with chopped shrimp, crispy shallots & fish sauce.

A simple but spectacularly satisfying stew: braised chicken in coconut juice with egg in claypot. Something like this truly gives home-cooked recipes a good name.

One-plate meals are also available: Saigonese broken rice with grilled chicken.

Beef occupies a place of pride on the menu. Try the "beef fondue"...

... with raw marinated slices of meat cooked at the table by the helpful service team.

Grilled beef slices & skewered beef, with all the trimmings of Vietnamese fare.

Beef wrapped in betel leaves & beef salad. Enough to eat until the cows come home.

Here's where we needed the staff's assistance again: to transform the beef salad into beef rolls wrapped in rice paper. Despite the overwhelming bovine content of this dinner, we couldn't stop munching on the meat; the marinade is addictive.

A vast variety of desserts is available, but with scant stomach space remaining, we settled for these chilled lotus seeds in lychee compote.

Red wine from Vietnam's highland city of Dalat, for RM100++. Pretty interesting, with a slightly sweet, uncomplicated flavor that's suitable for easy drinking.

Hanoi rice-distilled vodka, a decent deal at RM24++ for 300 ml. The manufacturer insists this is best consumed with "roasted sweet snails" (not on Vietnam House's menu, alas).

Vietnam House,
S122, 2nd Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Center.
Tel: 03-7727-0778
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32 comments:

  1. Agree 100%...Vietnamese meats are always juicy and well-marinated :D

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    1. Ulric: we malaysians should learn the tricks of their trade! :D

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    2. Lemongrass is d key...my dear Watson :p

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  2. Is it me...or is the portion for Saigonese broken rice with grilled chicken quite small?

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    1. Bangsar-babe: actually, you're right. the portion is just enough for a light eater =)

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    2. Nope...it's bcose u have a monsta appetite :p

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    3. Dropsofcontentment: monster appetites are good! don't waste food, heheh =)

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    1. Michelle: beef makes a brilliant meal! :D

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  4. Vietnamese wine and vodka! That's the first time I've even heard of it - I've only had Vietnamese coffee so far. :D

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    1. Do they serve Vietnamese coffee?
      The claypot braised chicken in coconut juice with egg sounds yummy!

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    2. Kenny: looks like the vietnamese are more versatile than we thought! heheh :D
      CK: oooh, i think there's vietnamese coffee here too! but i didn't try =)

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  5. Eh, what happened..I swear i ate pork here!
    Or am I that blur..was it another outlet... hhmmm...

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    1. I deduce that he doesn't wanna hog d limelight...hahaha =D

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    2. Rebecca: oh, the porky vietnamese place in 1 utama is vietnam kitchen! this one is vietnam house. ya, a bit confusing, since the names are similar :D

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  6. The red wine from Vietnam must be very similar to the red wine from Thailand. But rm100++ sounds a bit too pricy yea.

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    1. Smitten By Food: oooh, but all the taxes & mark-ups for wine in malaysia make it a bit too pricey =)

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  7. Looks delicious..
    That day i wanted to try it .. but went to Chicago instead...
    D wine is kinda pricy too.. n i don't believe asian wine (sorry)
    well nowadays i get my wine directly flown from Italy.. LOL...

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    1. Simple Person: ya, i guess the best wines are still the european, american and australian ones. i like northern american ones, actually, and some french wines :D

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  8. The claypot dish looks interesting. I wonder if I can recreate it at home. Hmmmm... No Pho?

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    1. Unkaleong: since you've bought a claypot now, it could be fun to experiment with recipes! :D oh, i think there was pho on the menu here, but i guess we didn't have the stomach space to order it =)

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  9. Is beef fondue essentially steamboat?

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    1. Baby Sumo: maybe a close cousin of steamboat! :D

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  10. Those beef wraps look heavenly. How sensible of you to get to the drinks after the food. I hope Vietnam has improved on their Dalat wine. The last time I tried a few varieties in Vietnam I thought I had drunk battery acid! Blah!

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    1. The Yum List: i'm curious about what the vietnamese vineyards look like! and whether they expect to someday become a major wine-producing area =)

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  11. I love how Vietnamese cuisine dishes tend to have a bunch of fresh veggies and herbs! Makes everything really refreshing!

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    1. Vien: oh yeah, and it helps to ease the guilt in eating too! :D

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  12. Lots of beef! I have never had Vietnamese food. I think I will like it a lot judging from the photos in this post hehe

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    1. Rad: i think that everyone i know enjoys vietnamese food! it might not be everyone's favorite food, but it's hard to dislike, heheh :D

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  13. dishes look good. Different from the regular Vietnamese offerings many places are offering. Am keen to check out the Vietnamese vodka:-) didn't get to try it when i last visited Hcm.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, it's pretty to fun to explore the different facets of vietnamese cuisine :D ya, i think i only managed to have vietnamese beer when i was in HCMC :D

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