Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ãn Viet @ The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley

Mid Valley's sole Vietnamese restaurant has a meaningful motivation - 'Ãn Viet' translates into 'Eat Viet,' & its aim is to encourage people to truly eat their food & to curb wastage. Serving portions of noodles & rice can be customised so that patrons order only what they can finish; plus, for everyone who finishes his or her entire meal, the restaurant channels RM0.10 to KOTO, a social enterprise that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese youths gain access to skill development opportunities.

Have a bowl of Pho Bo to take in Ãn Viet's concept: You can order an amount of noodles based on weight - 80gm, 120gm, 160gm or 200gm - all for the same total price of RM18.90 per bowl. We found even the lighter servings sufficient for a single patron, so there's no need to choose the maximum weight unless you're extremely hungry. This Pho Bo is the less elaborate northern version, with a clear broth to showcase clean, natural beef flavours, extracted from 12 hours of simmering marrow bones, bolstered with Australian tenderloin & brisket meat, fresh basil, bean sprouts, lime juice & Sriracha hot sauce. 

Flavours hew loyally to Vietnamese traditions, with a kitchen helmed by chef Nguyen Kim Tuyen, a native of northern Vinh Phuc province who has honed his craft in his home nation, as well as Australia, China & Malaysia. His recommendations include Bun Cha (RM17.90), comprising marinated grilled pork belly slices & minced pork patties with pickled green papaya & carrots, served in fish sauce, meant to be dunked with vermicelli, mint leaves, basil & green coral, with everything enjoyed together for the quintessential Vietnamese experience filled with zesty nuances. There are numerous behind-the-scenes touches to uphold high standards here: Many of Ãn Viet's ingredients are meticulously sourced from Vietnam, including rice paper, rice noodles, vermicelli & fragrant lotus tea, as well as flavoursome fish sauce made with prized anchovies from the plankton-rich waters off Phu Quoc island.

Ãn Viet's capabilities extend across the greatest hits of Vietnamese gastronomy, from perennial favourites like Goi Cuon (RM8.90; the ultimate zero-guilt Vietnamese snack of rice paper rolls packed with tiger prawns, wholesome herbs & vermicelli) & Bo La Lot (RM10.90; betel leaves wrapped around juicy minced beef made robustly aromatic with lemongrass) ...

 ... to the grilled goodness of Banh Trang Nuong (RM8.90; crispy rice paper pancakes cooked over a slow fire with a punchy stuffing of minced pork, quail's egg & dried shrimp) & Lemongrass Chicken (RM15.90; golden-brown boneless marinated pieces of thigh meat served with a fried egg). Prices are kept moderate, making this a reasonable decision for lunch or dinner.

Our favourite offering is the Canh Chua Ngao (RM13.90), a beautiful broth flooded with the uplifting sweetness of clams & coconut water, potently balanced with cherry tomatoes, lemongrass, dill & chillies - soul food that warms & restores the spirit.

Meals can be complemented & concluded with interesting drinks & desserts - Vietnamese drip coffee layered with egg yolk makes for a richly textured, invigorating hot beverage (RM8.90), while cool comfort can be uncovered in the jackfruit & coconut ice-blended creations (RM10.90). For a blend of the classic & contemporary, check out the Viet-ffogato (RM9.90), a unique twist on the affogato - drip coffee poured over condensed milk ice cream & coconut milk. Thanks to Ãn Viet for having us here.

Ãn Viet
LG-203B, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City (near Cold Storage), Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon-sat, 1130am-10pm; Sun & Public Holidays, 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-2201-1191

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14 comments:

  1. Love Vietnamese food...the only thing I can't handle is their coffee! ;D The crispy rice paper pancakes look delicious (I've not had them before).

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, I'm generally not a fan of Vietnamese coffee either, heh ;) the next time you're at mid valley, do try the pancakes here and see what you think :)

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  2. Another place that I would love heaps, ASEAN cuisine. I love Vietnamese rolls but we have not had that for a long time now as my girl is not fond of it - says the rice paper has a smell. I never sensed that! So we would just stick to our own popiah.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, I've not had that problem with rice paper either. Maybe you could try re-introducing her to Vietnamese food - it could have been just a bad experience at one specific place in her past :)

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    1. The Yum List: oh yes, a fun Vietnamese feast! ;)

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  4. Ohh.. i didn't know about the social enterprise part!
    Had a meal here once. I chose 80g of coz heehhehe... food was ok. Some like the balls were salty to me.
    But definitely wont mind eating here again.. MV funnily enough.. though there' a lot of restaurants, nothing pops (sort of outstanding) to mind when I need to think of where to eat. lol

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    1. Rebecca: ya, I didn't realise there was a social enterprise aspect earlier either :) and yep, I think 80gm really is enough for a regular meal - it felt quite substantial! :) hmm you're right that mid valley does often feel more of a 'quantity' sort of place when it comes to restaurants ... I generally wouldn't opt for mid valley as a regular dining destination ...

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  5. I do enjoy eating Vietnamese food but we need more Vietnamese restaurants here in Penang!

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    1. Ken: here's hoping 2016 is going to be the year that at least one very good vietnamese outlet opens in penang!

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  6. Customize portion, I like! Now I can order a small portion for my daughter and I no need to finish her leftover food :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, perfect! and no food wastage too! :)

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  7. My fav here is the clam too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yay! i definitely wouldn't mind having that recipe for the clam soup! :)

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