Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tiem Ca Phe Viet Nam @ Jalan Perak

If you've ever been trapped in traffic on Jalan Perak before turning into Jalan Sultan Ismail, you may have noticed Tiem Ca Phe Viet Nam on a corner past the back of Life Centre. Most folks might brush this place off, believing it's one of this street's seedier stops, but it's actually worth a venture for a variety of Vietnamese dishes, including some not very often spotted in KL.

From tangy-spicy snails (RM12.90) to steamed cockles, no-frills noodle soup with beef or crab (RM12.90) to prawn salads & spring rolls, fried quail (RM6.50) to chicken with glutinous rice (RM15.50), Tiem Ca Phe Viet Nam's food tastes capably prepared, though it understandably pales in contrast to the more vibrant flavours that emanate from Ho Chi Minh City's stalls.

Not for everyone, but we're always happy to have 'hot vit lon' (RM6.50), the notorious fertilised duck egg. Liquid courage is available if you require some before downing an egg or three; these comprise the more mature chicks - a bit closer to three weeks old - favoured by many Vietnamese, complete with unmistakable beaks, claws & tender bones.

Tiem Ca Phe Vietnamese Restaurant
Jalan Perak, Off Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur. Behind Thai Club. Open only in the evening & night.

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18 comments:

  1. Not my kind of place or food, but their menu is attractive. :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, i had to photograph the menu cover, i liked it too :)

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  2. The ambience looks vibrant, but no no no thank you to the duck eggs - not for me ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: it's quite an interesting place, just a stroll away from klcc :D

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  3. oOooo I need to go to this place, balutttttttttttttt

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    1. KY: heheh, yeah, that was one of the main attractions for me too :)

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  4. Eyewwwww!!!! No balut for me, thank you...and I'm not really into quail either. But I love Vietnamese!!! Gotta KIV this place in case I hop over to KL sometime in the near furture.

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    1. Suituapui: the next time you hop over to KL, lemme know, and maybe we can check out something Vietnamese :)

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  5. I was enjoying the pictures of the snails and cockles....and then you had to show me a pic of the balut! :D Oh dear, this one is even more difficult to look at, let alone eat, as they are way more matured...everything is formed and they look just like a little duckling....only dead!! T_T

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, yeah, i know the duck egg thingy is definitely not for the squeamish ... i remember having it in cebu, the philippines, more than a decade ago, and i liked it then too, but a lot of friends and associates refused to go near it :)

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  6. The pictures of the anak itik is kinda scary for me...*pengsan

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    1. Dimana Dimana: oops, heh, sorry about that ... i promise no more anak itik photos for the rest of this month :)

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  7. Eeeek dont think I'd try the hot vit lon too.. scaredy cat!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, i wonder whether the kids might be tempted to try :D

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  8. My office just moved out from Jln Perak, otherwise I would pass by this place very frequent, hehe.
    I like the snails and seehamps, but don't think I will try the hot vit lon..... :P

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    1. CK: haha, it's ok, we can share the snail and see hum, and i'll eat the hot vit lon on my own :D

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  9. Oh My Godness, I almost vomit out my lunch when saw the Balut >_<

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    1. Choi Yen: yikes, you definitely shouldn't order that dish then :D

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