Going to Vietnam for it’s food, might take a bit more effort than this…
However, ‘Vietnam’ was recently ‘brought’ to Kota Kemuning, a place namely Little Saigon, is a new vietnamese cafe/restaurant that opened its doors to Kota Kemuning and adjacent residents serving affordable and delicious vietnamese cuisines.
Located next door to the Face to Face Noodle House that we featured awhile ago, Little Saigon is rather moderately furnished, with wooden color themes throughout the entire restaurant. Walls were neatly decorated with ‘we reckoned’ art pieces from Vietnam, while the open bar / kitchen fills part of the facade. Tables and chairs are the standard wooden lacquered ones, with holders of chopsticks and trays of sauce choices neatly arranged.
If you are expecting varieties and services like the places like Sao Nam, well you might be disappointed. However, if you were to go there with minimal expectations, it’ll surprise you. Why do we say so?
Well, for starters the menu offers, not too many choices, an average of 3 to 5 of them, in most categories i.e. noodle soup, rice, rolls and etc, mostly common options you might find on streets of Vietnam. However, done right, like they do, it’s still a great dining experience.
We began with a Beef Noodle Soup, a common option we might find at most Vietnamese dining places. The taste is good, comparable to the bigger players, while what we were impressed with, was the generous beef slices and rice noodle included. Without additional orders, this bowl of noodle would definitely be a hearty meal itself.
Next, was the Lemon Grass Grilled Chicken, served with rice, vegetable soup and a special sauce. The pieces of chicken was well grilled and has strong hint of lemon grass which was excellent with simmer with the special sauce given. While the vegetable soup, complimented the dish well.
Next, we had the Rice Vermicelli, which we can’t recall the name of the dish when posting this review. *Sorry* Anyway, it comprises of a bowl of dry vermicelli, with small pieces of pork and vegetables, mean to be mixed and simmer with the special sauce given. An initial comment, was that it was a lil’ bland, however, upon trying it, we find it just right.
Then there was the ‘highlighted dish’ that we would love to share, something that you might not find at the other Vietnamese places. Namely Thit Kho Tao, it’s actually stewed pork with egg, served with rice, steamed vege and a shredded beef soup. Upon the first, look, it doesn’t tell much, but once tasted, it’s absolutely delicious. The pork pieces was well stewed, and carries a strong aroma from the slightly spicy gravy, while the eggs are actually hintly-fried full boiled eggs. The steamed vegetables where nicely done. And last but not least the shredded beef ‘we reckoned else it’s pork’ had complimented the dish perfectly.
Last but not least, another favorite of ours would be, the Vietnamese coffee they served. The conventional drip method was still in use, which makes it even more unique. The grounded coffee used, is great, aromatic and best of all no signs of the sour taste found in most local coffees. If there’s a chart on best coffee in town? These guys might just make their way into it.
So check them out…
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