Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cungdinh Vietnam @ Asian Heritage Row


When we last visited Cungdinh in 2010, it was still in its original location of One Bangsar; forced to move, it's now at Asian Heritage Row, a strange choice for any restaurant that hopes to thrive.


It's sad that so few head here for dinner; Cungdinh has a wide menu of worthwhile recipes, mainly Vietnamese fare such as this lotus stem salad with bean curd skin.


Shredded young jackfruit, prawns, assam leaves, sesame seeds & crackers (RM18.90).


Veggie spring rolls, emblematic of the fresh, healthy feel for which Vietnamese food is known.


Grilled blood clams (RM21.90), the next best thing to a cockle-filled buffet.


Banh Khoai _ Hue pancakes comprising shrimp, mushrooms & onions, rice flour batter, turmeric powder, egg & herbs (RM14.90). Not sure if a Vietnamese chef heads the kitchen, but the food is really well-executed, with nary a hint of excess oil or salt.


Chicken grilled with salted soy sauce (RM26.90), as flavorsome as fowl gets.


Claypot fish stew (RM29.90). Overpriced, but it's savory soul food nevertheless.


Cuttlefish steamed in ginger (RM29.90), with an attention-grabbing (edible) ornament.


Tiger prawns, aromatically steamed in coconut juice (RM31.90).


Eggplant in fish sauce. Simple but so satisfying, thanks to its sublime juiciness.


Stir-fried cabbage (RM11.90), piquant in a pickled way.


Fried rice with prawns & chicken, wrapped in egg to lock in its moist richness (RM20.90).

Duck porridge, peppery-watery, pleasurable enough depending on personal preference.

Hue-style crab paste rice noodle soup, evocative of street food at its most satisfying.

Wine is available by the glass, but only at slightly steep prices.


Cungdinh Vietnam,
Asian Heritage Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2692-2288
Entry on Cungdinh @ Bangsar: Nov. 27, 2010.

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22 comments:

  1. I love the warm and soothing colours of the decor in the first photo! The claypot fish stew would probably be the only thing of the choices here that I would order, even if it is over priced. The rest of the foods don't look very appetizing to me, although the presentation is lovely! Great review, Sean. :)

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    1. Linda: thanks! =) yes, you're right, vietnamese food can be a bit of an acquired taste. I like how wholesome and fresh a lot of these recipes taste, even though I might only want to enjoy them once in awhile, not very often =)

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  2. U mean there's finally authentic Vietnamese here? How's the pricing like?

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    1. TNG: pricing is decent! most of the dishes cost under RM30 =)

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  3. Vietnam? I like!!!! Yummmmm!!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, hope you'll have some good vietnamese dishes soon! :D

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  4. It's been a while since I"ve been to Heritage Row. I do love those fresh Vietnamese spring rolls though. Could be high time I take a visit. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, Heritage Row is a pale shadow now of what it used to be in 2006, sadly. but yep, it's worth heading here for some fresh, well-prepared rolls :D

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  5. How I wish for a burst of Vietnamese restos opening in KL showcasing the flavours n freshness of their cuisine =(

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    1. Ulric: ya, you're right, most of the vietnamese restaurants in kl do seem to be overly commercialized outlets, but hopefully someday we'll see some really good ones appear =)

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  6. Interesting location considering things are kinda quiet there. But still I think its a nice quaint location which I wouldn't mind checking out. Not too far from my office and the client:D

    The dishes you shared looks very close to some traditional Vietnamese fare not seen commonly. Definitely calls for a visit!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's a shame that heritage row has turned into a somewhat sleazy area. the buildings here are really beautiful, and they deserve to be transformed into great restaurants =) and ya, cungdinh vietnam does serve an impressive array of vietnamese fare! quite difficult to narrow down our choices of what to order :D

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  7. That's a lot of food - in one sitting? That steamed aubergines have just inspired me to cook that at home tonight! :-P

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    1. Pureglutton: heh, yeah, this was a slightly larger meal for a large number of diners :D oooh, i usually don't like aubergines that much, but this recipe reminds me how enjoyably delicate they can taste :D

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  8. Other than Vietnam spring roll & cockles...the rest are not familiar to me :-p
    I like the dining ambiance.

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    1. Melissa: heheh, i was happy to see cockles on the menu, since i'm a fan of cockles! :D and ya, the dining ambiance does have a cool vietnamese feel =)

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  9. Hehe that fried rice looks like the omurice I always cook for my kids :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, meanwhile it reminded me of nasi pattaya, the kind we find at hawker shops :D

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  10. RM21.90 for the cockles?? Very overpriced for that... >.<"

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    1. Burnett: kinda, true ... but i guess i'm a fan of cockles, i'd order them even when overpriced, heh =)

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  11. I haven't had si hump for long time! I miss those day my nanny just bought the sihump from pasar and boiled it, ate with home made chili sauce.

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    1. CK: ooh, sounds like a very nice memory. yaaaa, i also love kerang, but most especially in char kuey teow, heheh :D

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