Ä‚n Viet @ Sunway Pyramid
August 2, 2017
By EDKL Writer A. A.
It's all in the name. Ä‚n Viet - or â€œEat Vietâ€� - 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. Ä‚n Viet recently introduced a new menu, now available at both its branches in Sunway Pyramid and The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley.
Before getting to the food, it's worth noting that Ä‚n 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!
We kicked off with the BÃ¡nh TrÃ¡ng Trá»™n (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.
For a warm meal, the Lá»£n Kho NÆ°á»›c Dá»«a (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 Cháº£ CÃ¡ LÃ£ Vá»�ng (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.
Of course, there's phá»Ÿ and bÃ¡nh mÃ¬ - the Phá»Ÿ BÃ² Ä�áº·c Biá»‡t (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 BÃ¡nh MÃ¬ (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 pÃ¢tÃ©.
For something less often seen in KL, the XÃ´i ChiÃªn Phá»“ng (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 NÆ°á»›c Chanh & Chanh Xáº£ Kem (RM 10.90) is a reinvigorating lime juice with lemongrass lime sorbet, while the Xáº£ GÆ°ng NÃ´ng (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 CÃ PhÃª Trá»©ng NÃ´ng (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.