Friday, April 18, 2008

Vietnam Kitchen @ Leisure Mall, Cheras

Remember the kids that looked like i just tortured them or bored them to sleep? In actual fact, they were waiting for their food patiently or rather impatiently.

Leisure Mall, was a place we grew up in. In the primary school days, i remember the weekly arcades session where we spend our valuable tokens playing incredibly childish games like *smacking crocodiles that come up from their hole* and *Daytona racing*.

Fast forward years and years, we found ourself back here with a tinge of deja vu, thunderstorm and pouring rain, finding dinner.

Stepping inside the circumference of the area, (note the use of further maths jargon, is not my fault but a few egoistic guys who believes that females do not know what is "pie r squared"), you are greeted with elaborate dangling lights that vow you.

Dont fall on me..

Ok, i digress, back to food.

Vietnam Kitchen serves a variety of dishes that they call Vietnamese cuisine, but in the menu i spot a familiar slant on Cantonese cooking, but with your compulsory beef noodles and paper rice rolls to fulfill the criteria.

At sizes that are fixed, meaning a small/mediumish portion for almost 10 people, you can only imagine how many dishes there are. Dont say that i didnt warn you that this post is a picture overload.

To remind me where i eat i suppose..

I find that my picture taking skills has detoriated by a mile, not that it was a mile ahead to begin with. You will notice a drop in quality as the pictures flow, but i must admit this paper rice roll was well taken, *pat his own back*. Taste wise, you will find yourself dipping into the sweet sauce to gel the flavour of the fresh healthy vegetables together. If not, you will start wondering if your past life was a rabbit.

I remember someone suffering from pork withdrawal syndrome and demanded a picture of a pork dish. The braised pork with egg with a hint of coconut was decent. The meat teared easily and eggs, i mean how wrong can you go with boiled eggs?

People know that i cant refuse duck. So duck it is with a sauce that resembled sweet chilli sauce out from a bottle. Ohh, how i miss my sweet chilli Australian days.

Sesame chicken with pineapple chunks. Sweet and sour, with sprinkles of sesame seeds, worth ordering dish.

Assam prawns served in a pineapple. I have grown lazy to a level of its own, so apparently if shells are left on, i refuse to pick at the dish. Well so did everyone else, so in the end i did pick at one of those juicy prawns and was duly rewarded.

A simple dish, minced pork and shallots generously spread over eggplant. Healthier then some dishes, i was cosy over this simple yet tasty dish.

A recommended fish that looked spicy but tangy instead. It is like looking like a chilli but tasting like a lady finger (a poor man english pun). Didnt really like it or hate it, blame it on the creator of the love and hate theme.

After reading Precious Pea and her rendevous with beef brisket and tendons, i couldnt resist when i saw the same thing on the menu. A pity as i was presented with a bowl of luke warm and slightly on the tough side beef pieces, very sweet too as it was tomato based.

Finally time for some vegetables.

Ending with tau foo, for the kids.

Address and contact details:
Lot L2-26-01 Level 2,
New Wing Cheras Leisure Mall
Jalan Manis 6, Taman Segar, Cheras

No: 03-91309530

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. For an average of RM12-RM20 a dish, and since its outside Fitness First, the gym kakis can easily enjoy a decent meal before heading off. For me? The trip back in time is worth coming back here for as i imagine myself as a small kid running around the arcade and falling down half the time. Back to the food; it is worth eating when it is infront of you.


24 comments:

yammylicious said...

joeeeeee... i jus got back from trip and i so crave for wad u post!! hungry for 3week man!! sob!!

ling239 said...

i remember they have a prawns in coconut dish... now in pineapple liao ? :p

mimi said...

I think only the spring roll is Vietnam cuisine ?

tigerfish said...

after the paper rice rolls, I was expecting pho and maybe some viet drip coffee but i found assam prawns...hmmmm......

Where is the viet factor - except that paper napkin ? :P


P.S yep, no soggy noodles for me too :) but i find soba cooked v fast, even within a minute, it loses al-dente-ness. It was just not al-dente but not soggy..so still good :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yammy: how can u go holiday n starve 1 ler?

ling239: haha apparently "vietnam" style wor..

mimi: haha really dunno..but i guess thats the only i know that is confirm vietnamese..

tigerfish: forgot to add, the second the soba noodles curl, let it cook another 15-30 secs then take it out..confirm al dente..

kennymah said...

Uhm, don't they have a branch in PJ? Cheras is soooo jauh lar. But then again, you're the reigning Klang-Cheras Marathon Chmapion, no? ;)

J2Kfm said...

wah, Vietnam Kitchen! back then everybody was raving about this new Vietnamese food outlet at 1Utama. Do admit that your dishes looked more Chinese/Nyonya style than Vietnamese. But guess what? the 1st time I try them I had their French-Viet hybrid cuisine dishes. Hehe ...

mh said...

Daytona...i remember playing that.
I think there's a Vietnam Kitchen in One Utama...not very sure...or is it in SS2??

CUMI & CIKI said...

gr8 shots! reminds me i hvnt hd vietnamese in a while! and.. oh gawd.. yes.. DAYTONA~ how crazy was that?! i also like the part about working out before stuffing your face.. works for me.. no pain no gain right! feel da BURN :)

Vinho said...

Hello. This post is likeable, and your blog is very interesting, congratulations :-). I will add in my blogroll =). If possible gives a last there on my blog, it is about the Vinho, I hope you enjoy. The address is http://vinho-brasil.blogspot.com. A hug.

Crunchasarus Rex said...

I think your writing skill is awesome these days.. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kennymah: apparently they do..somewhere or rather..haha

j2fkm: sigh where got vietnam rite??

mh: not sure either..daytona rox rite?

c&c: and the lactic acid running around the body..

vinho: thanks!

crunch rex: wow, such compliments that i truly do not deserve..

team bsg said...

You are absolutely right , we hate to have anything to do with un-naked prawns coz we wanna keep our hands clean to grasp the otherwise slippery mugs and also some other tender things ...

New Kid on the Blog said...

is this authentic vietnamese food?? the rest do not look like one except the spring roll...

T.c said...

Haha, still so much food reviews on your blog and I haven't visited for a while already! So are you still in PwC Tax department?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

team bsg: haha delicate that it wouldnt b good if we dirtied it with our hands rite?

new kid: i really dunno to be honest haha..

tc: yea still there..hav u grad?

sc said...

food looks more chinese than vietnamese hor?(except for the 2 first food pix ;p)

JOjo said...

WOW~ i never know vietnamese food look like this except for the "rabbit" dish~ HAha! I love the rice paper springroll thingy~

little inbox said...

Look at the paper rice roll, the skin is so thin, it's transparent!

Nic (KHKL) said...

wah, so many dishes! eh, you pics look good what...the assam prawns + pineapple is just da thang for me lar...

and daytona!!! OMG! gentlemen, start yr engine!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: pretty much..

jojo: err i associate viet with beef noodles lor..

little inbox: isit? let me go see properly..

nic: haha 3 2 1..go!

daphne said...

wow. the paper rolls are stuffed! The duck looks divine and so are the veges (esp the lotus stir fry!)

vkeong said...

Do you always have so many friends accompanying you for meals? So nice.. can order so many foods to try. Agreed that the spring rolls look the nicest hehe

said...

Want more time with parents and children with family? Can operate as long as the trivial time
Welcome to learn a simple understanding of free market
http://sn.im/vemma_usa
Thank you for your time reading, do not give up the chance to even know, know no loss to you!