Sunday, June 1, 2008

Little Vietnam @ Mid Valley

Watching movies this days is so different from those days. With the rampant internet technology, people are booking tickets and buying them up days before the showing of the movie. No longer, can we just walk up to the counter and hope for goods tickets as the standard reply would be "All booked la, sir".

So with fingers crossed on both hands, the only tactic is start queuing for tickets roughly 40 minutes before the movie, depending on the queue of course. Reaching the counter half an hour before the movie, those tickets booked by buggers who ridiculously book half the cinema and do not come would be released to poor souls like us.

Nowadays though, i have jumped over to the evil boat but realise people book tickets way before me which still puts me back to square one.

I digress.

So when you finally purchase your tickets and left with half an hour without a meal in your tummy @ Mid Valley, what do you do? Go inside McDonalds? Wait, what if you came with your dad that requires his good old noodles and rice?

We hurriedly rush inside Little Vietnam. Serving quick staple vietnamese dishes like Pho, Chargrilled lemongrass beef and chicken, Rice Paper rolls and of course their uber strong black coffee, we were in good hands in getting satisfying food and out in half an hour.

No promises, because we had an empty tables and chairs as neighbours throughout the meal.


True enough, before i could set my white balance and taking this picture as a trial, the first dish pops under my nose.

The Rice Paper Rolls were wrapped with cold prawns, a variety of vegetables and vermicelli, dipped in a sweet sauce that vaguely tastes like something out from a Chee Cheong Fun store and sweet chilli. Health freaks like me would enjoy this as theres not a single drop of oil anywhere, its all RAW!, well almost. (RM6 i think)

Feeling too healthy? The fried spring rolls were ordered to balance the diet according to The Sister. (RM4.80 i think)

Record breaking time, the chargrilled lemongrass beef served with rice and half a hard boiled egg and vegetables. The thin stripes of beef was tender and did not require much effort to cut or chew. The side coconut paste was sweet and complimented the rice and protein very well. Then again, i tend to have a sweet tooth in the mornings. (RM16.80 i think)

There also serve a variety of Pho and the sweetness of the soup depends on what kind of beef parts you want inside.

The Cousin was over and he needed something recognisable before he stuff himself. Therefore beef balls only was the easiest option.

The slightly more daring Sister ordered with beef slices, although you should order no less than a Special All Mix if you want the real deal.

Phos ranges from RM8 to RM13 i think.

Just remember to throw in the mint leaves and the raw bean sprouts before you start eating. By the end of the noodles, the strong mint aroma would have spread like wild fire in the soup and the sprouts all soften for consumption. Just the way i like it.

Trying to stay awake for Narnia, you had to resort to something violently potent. Waiting for the coffee to drip down to the cup was agonising with minutes ticking and eyes like vultures at me. Thankfully, the cup was full, the thick liquid was cool enough to not burn my tongue and throat. Immediately, the eyes opened wide open and i caught every second of the 144 minutes movie.

Black coffee in the range of RM5-RM7.

Address:
3rd floor of Mid Valley Megamall
Two or three shops away from the Petshop

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. A quick vietnamese meal and doesnt compromise on quality when coming to the speed the food comes out. Maybe it was because the Sister didnt put in all that was necessary in the noodles before i picked off her, but it didnt give me the oomph i was looking for. Still its healthy, and health matters right?

18 comments:

leo said...

think that is basil that's served with the bean sprouts as an accompaniment to yr pho...

Nice pictures though =) me not fan of Vietnamese food..

team bsg said...

we have tried some vietnamese here and there but think this is the best value and most efficient. Also easy to order from pix menu & posters. great transit centre before Ironman & hopefully soon
Incredibles P2

Bernsy said...

wakakaka i was just there @ CODO Friday night.... but din bump into you....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: fair enuf..haha thanks for the compliments mate..

bsg: totally agree with you..great transit centre..haha

bernsy: was there last sunday morning..of course nvr bump into me..me slow at blogging d..

ling239 said...

mint leave ? not basil meh ? @_@

btw the prawn is trying to escape from the rice paper hahahaaaa....

mimid3vils said...

the lemongrass beef sem like not bad huh, I tried chicken last time, like the flavor of it

CUMI & CIKI said...

cool shots.. iv been here before.. but u make the place look so nice and new!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: now im clueless..i always thought its mint! haha..

mimi:haha i havent try the chicken..mayb nxt time..

c&c: really?? looks like i shud start demanding for money if they start getting full crowds

JingFei said...

come on joe, little vietnam @ mid valley isn't exactly the place to blog about? maybe because you HAVEN'T taken me to any place NICE lately! That's why la running out of decent places to blog about!!!!

Henry Yeo said...

at least you are gutsy when ordering. wonder why most people are not adventurous when eating.

Remind me to find you the best timing for fugu at the end of the year.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jingfei: i wonder all the food that was processed recently was NICE or not..hmmm

henry yeo: haha bring it on without bursting my wallet..

Nic (KHKL) said...

wah, lurve that angle of the first pic...

hear some rather good reviews on this place. well, on la manila (very near, right?) as well...buy tix there, makan there, then watch movie there. good plan..hehe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: all i did was rest the camera on the table and snap..kinda cool eh?

yes that was the plan..buy ticket, eat and watch movie..

jason said...

Vietnamese food is too healthy (more than Japanese!) but I wouldn't mind a bowl of piping hot beef noodle :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: probably on par..wonder why they so skinny rite?

Argus Lou said...

I like those see-thru rice paper thingies. Can buy them here too. ;-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

argus: isit? thats cool!

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