Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pho King @ Restoran WDS, SS2 Petaling Jaya


Our favourite Vietnamese home cook now has a venue where customers can get a good lunch filled with genuine Vietnamese flavours: Pho King is a stall that runs five days a week in a popular SS2 kopitiam, serving pho & more amid a sea of Malaysian chicken rice, chee cheong fun & char kuey teow.



 Pho King showcases the work of Vietnamese-born Hoa, who's been running a private kitchen called Cute Ball Kitchen with her Malaysian husband Teoh in their PJ home since early 2014. This new stall represents their effort to bring some of Hoa's cooking to customers in a convenient & affordable form, while maintaining her painstaking insistence on top-notch standards. Work for the signature pho starts a day in advance, with Hoa using beef bones & oxtail to build a recipe that shines with slurp-worthy rice noodles in a light, sweet broth, completed with tender meat & lots of aromatic herbs. RM12, a reasonable price for a bowl that relies on Australian beef for a fuss-free, pleasantly satisfying midday meal.



Other platters continue to channel the comfort-food essence of Vietnamese street fare.  The classic bun cha is hearty & fulfilling, with savoury grilled pork partnered with vermicelli, fresh herbs, vegetables & dipping sauce for an appetisingly nourishing ensemble with a lively balance of tangy-sweet flavours. RM11.50; bonus points for the use of antibiotic-free pork.



Our ultimate favourite is a dish we first encountered at Cute Ball Kitchen & were thrilled to have again - braised pork belly, as sumptuously caramelised as ever, indelibly luscious & deliciously warming, brimming with rich, clean flavours, served with rice & kitchen-made pickles. RM11.50; this one makes us really happy. Note though that the braised pork is a rotating dish available only on some weekends, along other specials such as fresh summer rolls. Thanks to Pho King for having us over.


Pho King
NOTE: Pho King is temporarily closed & will be moving in Oct 2016 to another location in SS2.
Follow updates on facebook.com/phokingkl


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14 comments:

  1. That braised pork belly looks really good. Can't wait to visit this place. :D

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    1. CK: ya, you can check it out for a dai chow weekend lunch! The braised pork belly is really delicious :D

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  2. The pho sure looks good, everything looks good. Oooo...pork belly. I'm sold!

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    1. Suituapui: that pork belly is certainly one for the hall of fame :D

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  3. I must visit this spot! Have been looking for some good pho in KL.

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    1. The Yum List: yup, the quest for good pho can definitely take you here! :)

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  4. I'd like the bun cha that looks well charred and delicious :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: yep, the meat definitely succeeds for both taste & texture :D

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  5. The pho broth must be very good since the good lady prepares them a day ahead to get all the flavors going. A place I must visit!

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    1. Phong Hong: i hope you enjoy Pho King! it's a pretty pleasant broth, gently soothing on the palate ;)

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  6. Oh nice and cheap!
    And I came here a few times but never saw the Viet stall. This coffeeshop offers many nice food

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, the vietnamese stall started last week, so it's still a fresh face. i couldn't resist the char kuey teow, so i also tried that, and it was decent! :)

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  7. I went today and it seems like its no longer there. Even the signage for the stall is gone. Any idea if they've moved elsewhere?

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    1. JP: you're right - i just checked their facebook page, and they're relocating to another outlet nearby in SS2. they'll reopen next month - you can follow them at facebook.com/phokingkl

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