Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ăn Viet @ Sunway Pyramid

By EDKL Writer A. A.


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It’s all in the name. Ăn Viet - or “Eat Viet” - is meant to encourage patrons not merely to eat their food, but to consume it thoroughly and curb wastage. This casual restaurant embodies this philosophy by ensuring that all its recipes are constructed in its kitchen, relying on authentically Vietnamese fundamentals. Ăn Viet recently introduced a new menu, now available at both its branches in Sunway Pyramid and The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley.

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Before getting to the food, it’s worth noting that Ăn Viet provides a potted basil plant on each table. Customers can pluck the leaves and add them to any part of your meal - just don’t leave the basil bald!

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We kicked off with the Bánh Tráng Trộn (RM 13.90), a jar of rice paper wraps and green mango salad that entails a little work. Drip in as much lime juice as you want into container, pour in the chilli sauce, close the lid, and shake - what results is a combination that’s crunchy, nutty, sweet and savoury, something stimulating to whet the appetite.

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For a warm meal, the Lợn Kho Nước Dừa (RM 17.90) is a bowl of extremely tender braised pork belly in coconut juice, reminding us of the kind of comfort-food dish that you might find cooked at home, prepared to perfection, with a fair bit of restraint on the salt. We also liked the Chả Cá Lã Vọng (RM 23.90), an intriguing Hanoi-inspired medley of fish with turmeric and dill, pushed to tasty heights by a sweet fermented shrimp sauce. This was our table’s surprise favourite.  

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Of course, there’s phở and bánh mì - the Phở Bò Đặc Biệt (RM 23.90) features the classic with beef brisket, shank, tripe, tendon, raw beef and house-made beef balls. The broth is not too salty, but conveys a potent flavour and fragrance. Sprinkle a few basil leaves for herbal, minty nuances. The Bánh Mì (RM 14.90) is ideal for those craving a good ol’ Vietnamese sandwich, showcasing a grilled pork chop and crisp vegetables in a thick, crunchy baguette. It is also available with lemongrass chicken and a vegetarian option of tofu patties with mushroom pâté. 

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For something less often seen in KL, the Xôi Chiên Phồng (RM 14.90) comprises a deep-fried sticky rice puff, alongside a green mango salad with grilled lemongrass chicken. The hollow puff is crisp on the outside, chewy within, almost like a dessert. But speaking of dessert, end with the caramel pudding (RM 6.90), which is strikingly more bitter than sweet.

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For drinks, there’s plenty of diversity: the Nước Chanh & Chanh Xả Kem (RM 10.90) is a reinvigorating lime juice with lemongrass lime sorbet, while the Xả Gưng Nông (RM 7.90) features the aromatic flavours of lemongrass and ginger (adding some sugar sweetens the beverage while preserving the kick of lemongrass and ginger). The Cà Phê Trứng Nông (RM 9.90) is Vietnamese drip coffee with a top layer of egg - it's a little chocolatey, with the egg bringing a thicker texture to it, with condensed milk on the side to sweeten the deal.

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Ăn Viet
Mondays – Fridays: 11am-10pm, last order at 945pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 10am-10pm, last order at 945pm
Tel: 03-5611-2226
LG2.127A (Blue Atrium, Near AEON), Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

6 comments:

  1. Lovely Thai basil plant! I have a few myself, love adding the leaves to my cooking. Will bring it to a whole new level. Very nice, very fragrant.

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    1. Suituapui: that does sound like a great way to invigorate the recipe - and it's cool that you have fresh ones at hand that you can conveniently use in your own kitchen! ;

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  2. This restaurant is so innovative and clever to put potted plants. I cannot recall which fancy restaurant in Europe also put some herbal pots that allowed patrons to toss into their salads. I have bookmarked this place as I love Viet food.

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    1. Twilight Man: this place takes pride in being a unique vietnamese restaurant ... they'll be happy to hear you appreciate their effort!

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  3. The principles of this restaurant are brilliant. Thorough consumption will reduce wastage. Anyway the food looks extremely and I am already hungry for it just by looking at it.

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    1. cv: yep, agreed on those points! :)

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