Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Xin Chao @ Solaris Dutamas, Pho Street @ Paradigm Mall & Absolut Viet @ Setiawalk Puchong

Xin Chao brings a bit of Vietnam to Solaris Dutamas, tackling traditional classics like pho (RM20.90 for a bowl bristling with beef brisket, flank, meatballs, tendon & tripe) & bun ga nuong (RM15.90; rice vermicelli with grilled chicken in lime-tinged chilli vinaigrette) with a reasonable air of authenticity. It's a worthwhile addition to Publika, expanding the horizons of this complex's Southeast Asian F&B landscape beyond Malaysian & Thai fare.

 For a fun snack paired with a delicious drink, try the deep-fried crispy trio of sweet potato, cassava & yam fritters (RM5.90) & the ice-blended ciku juice, a very welcome tribute to one of our favourite fruits, showcasing natural ciku nuances (RM12.90).

Xin Chao Viet Nam Restaurant
A1-G2-01, Solaris Dutamas, Outside Publika, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 1130am-10pm

Singapore's Pho Street Vietnamese chain has launched its first Malaysian branch in Paradigm Mall: True to its name, pho is the highlight - the signature noodle soup with beef shank, beef slices, beef balls, beef tendons & beef tripe (RM18.90) is bovine-bountiful, served in a light broth made aromatic with no lack of Thai basil. The banh mi however might benefit from tweaks - we'd prefer a baguette with a crisp airiness, & the fillings of pork belly, grilled beef & chicken ham could be more flavourful (RM11.90). Other offerings comprise street food galore, from 'bun' rice vermicelli dishes to 'com' rice with lemongrass chicken, beef stew & roasted pork chop, plus summer rolls, crab cakes, prawn skewers & more. Among the drinks, check out a creamy chilled beverage-cum-dessert that's textured with mung beans, crushed peanuts & coconut sauce (RM7.90).

Pho Street Malaysia
LG 02/03, Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-7887-6136



One final quick stop for a pork-filled Vietnamese lunch, with pork-laced rice paper rolls & a pork chop with pork floss on a rice platter, partnered with hot drip coffee. Absolute Viet is at Block I, Setiawalk Puchong.


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12 comments:

  1. Wowwww!!!! That Xin Chao looks like a huge place. Everything looks good. Banh mi not quite there? That is one thing Vietnamese that I have never tried, sure would love to get the chance to do so.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, xin chao is quite spacious, with both indoor and outdoor seating ;) i generally love banh mi when it's done well - when it's made with really good bread and fillings, it's the most satisfying sandwich! :D

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  2. I have a soft spot for Vietnamese food Sean. Thanks for these latest finds.

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    1. The Yum List: i'm happy to see more vietnamese restaurants open in kl too :)

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  3. Just had a discussion with a vietnamese colleague that day about where to find good vietnamese food, haha. Maybe can intro these place to him. :D

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    1. CK: i think can try Xin Chao - it feels like it tries to serve quite authentic vietnamese food :)

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  4. The Vietnamese fare look scrumptious! I have not tried banh mi before. They have it at Du Viet Uptown but only between 3 and 6pm.

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    1. Phong Hong: if there was just one vietnamese dish i could eat, it would be banh mi! i try to order banh mi whenever i see it on any menu ;)

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  5. Always enjoy the crispy texture of banhmi however the soggy one definitely will make me mad >_<

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, the texture of banh mi is tricky to nail because there are so many components to it! :)

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  6. Pho Viet at Paradigm is shameful! Even though the 2 of us ordered 2 soups, 1 baguette, 2 coffees, and 2 glasses of ice water, when we got the bill we saw they charged us rm3 for each glass of water! Crooks! Dont go!

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  7. Pho Viet at Paradigm is shameful! Even though the 2 of us ordered 2 soups, 1 baguette, 2 coffees, and 2 glasses of ice water, when we got the bill we saw they charged us rm3 for each glass of water! Crooks! Dont go!

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