Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Banh Mi Thit: Lien Phat Vietnamese Bread House @ Kepong

We're witnessing a welcome surge this year in Vietnamese eateries worth travelling to across the Klang Valley; this week's newbie is Lien Phat, where the sight of freshly baked baguettes whipped up by an all-Vietnamese team will likely lure customers from near & far (it's scarcely a 15-minute drive from Bandar Utama, after all).

Banh mi is the speciality; the good news is that it satisfies. The bread supplies a crisp bite & a pleasant chew to complement the substantial stuffing of reasonably flavoursome pork ham & pate with most of the prerequisite leaves & condiments. We'd be hard-pressed to identify a more fulfilling lunchtime treat for RM7.

We suspect this will prove even more crowd-pleasing: Build a better brunch with this baguette plus a piping-hot plate of tender pork meatballs, chunky pate, fried egg & house-made tomato sauce (RM9). Rip into the bread & heap everything on it for a marvellously messy DIY banh mi. Pretty hearty & positively addictive; this might be what tempts patrons to keep coming back.

The menu is concise, ensuring that nearly everything Lien Phat offers is worth ordering. We like the summer rolls, rice paper wrapped plumply around crunchy veggies, cooked shrimp & pork slices, accompanied by salty-creamy fish sauce topped with crushed peanuts. RM7; no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this.

This selection's conceived by & for pork lovers: Meaty braised trotters with whole boiled egg (RM10), sufficient for two to share.

Pork chop noodles, a chorus of sweet, sour, spicy & savoury flavours, singing harmoniously through a medley of textures.

Takeaway packets of imported Vietnamese instant noodles are also sold here for convenient suppers of home-cooked pho. 

 Vietnamese black coffee, iced or hot, alongside mango juice & our favourite: tri-colour dessert drink, with beans, jelly & nuts. Total cost for an unexpectedly belly-busting lunch for three: Slightly north of RM50.

 Wondering what 'Lien Phat' is supposed to mean? The first word refers its co-owner's name, while the second signifies 'prosperity' - potentially prophetic for a restaurant that seems poised for robust popularity.

Banh Mi Thit: Lien Phat Vietnamese Bread House
23, Jalan Metro Perdana 7, Taman Usahawan Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.
Generally open everyday, 930am-930pm. Will take days off erratically, maybe once or twice a month.

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22 comments:

  1. Wow wow! Loving the marvelous DIY banh mi, the fresh-looking summer rolls and the 3S pork chop noodles :3

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    1. Ulric: ya, all those items were worth ordering ... was also tempted to order a lemongrass free-range chicken and a dry kuey teow-type noodle dish, but ran out of stomach space :)

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    2. Oops...4S pork chop noodles...lemongrass free-range chicken and the dry kuey teow dish sounds good too! =)

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    3. Ulric: haha, yeah, four different taste sensations in one bowl :D yup, it's good ol' dependable vietnamese recipes here :)

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  2. wah, this vietnam food definitely looks great, wanna go eat leh~ T.T

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    1. Happy walker: if you get the chance to go to kepong, you can try this for lunch, tea or dinner :D

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  3. Love the pork chop noodles and braised trotters, make me craving pork now....

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, vietnamese pork dishes are always fun to enjoy :D

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  4. Good to see so many vietnamese eateries are opening in KL! I wish more in Pg tho :(

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    1. Ken: hopefully vietnamese food will travel north next! i think a good vietnamese restaurant like this would be a success in penang too :)

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  5. Vietnamese rolls!!! I like!!! My girl prefers popiah though, said the translucent skin has a smell that puts her off. Now who shared a photo of that Vietnamese sandwich on Facebook that day? Can't remember now but that got me drooling! Sure would love to give it a try. Looks great, everything! Oh??? They sell their instant noodles too? You have my mailing address? Wink! Wink! LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, if i ever purchase the instant noodles here, will get your address and send them over for you to prepare and write about! :D

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  6. I love a place that isn't afraid to use colour! Those coloured tiles are bright and cheerful!!! :)

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    1. Linda: that's true, the vivid colours make this place extra-attractive! :D

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  7. All the way to Kepong - you certainly do travel to find good food Sean. I do love Vietnamese rolls.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yes, this was a part of Kepong that i'm not familiar with, but i think it was worth it, even just for those rolls :D

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  8. More Viet food!
    How is it that KL seems to be always having a wave of the same kind of concept or food all at one time? The coffee cafes, the burgers, now Viet food... is like if there's no new things, theres nothing and if one new thing catch on, everyone seem to be doing it..

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    1. Rebecca: heh, you're right, there's the risk of getting saturated eventually, but so far, i think the vietnamese restaurants have been well spread out and each one seems to offer something interesting so far ... looking forward to a few more, heheh :)

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  9. I'm going tomorrow, tell ya la la la~~~~ :)

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, yay, hope you enjoy the food here! :D

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  10. Thanks Sean. This is really good restaurants and special banh mi.....love it.

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    1. Bao: really glad to hear you like this too :)

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