Archive for the ‘Vietnamese’ Category

BY CK Lam

Many would have passed by Kedai Makanan Ye Wei 越味小吃館 every day and not notice this little eatery. Located on Transfer Road, this Vietnamese restaurant is run by Ah Hong and his Vietnamese wife, Thuy, who started as a small catering business for two years before finally opening this small family-owned eatery.

The small menu offers affordable selection of Vietnamese stir-fry dishes, noodles and tempting desserts. We started off with the So Huyet, a plate of stir-fried cockles with chilli paste and pork lard. The cockles are fresh and lovely when eaten with its own savoury juice or dipped in the accompanied chili sauce. A good appetiser to snack on while waiting for your main course.

 Taste of Vietnamese Food in Penang - Kedai Makanan Ye Wei  by what2seeonline.com

  Stir-fried cockles with chilli paste and pork lard

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BY CK Lam

The up-and-coming World Street Food Congress (WSFC) organised by Makansutra will take place on 31st May till 9th June 2013. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the ten-day festival held at the F1 Pit Building and Paddock (1 Republic Boulevard) is not too be missed by all foodies and aficionados.

K.F. Seetoh, founder of Makansutra and TV host of The Food Surprise! on TLC Asia, unveiled the details of the WSFC at a press conference held last February at the Spice Market in New York City which comprises three main prongs:

- World Street Food Jamboree
- World Street Food Dialogue
- World Street Food Awards

The World Street Food Jamboree (31 May to 9 June) is a mega street food feast whereby around 40 of the world’s best street food masters gather and showcase their products. Visitors get to learn culinary cultures and enjoy new taste of hand-picked street foods from Indonesia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Mexico, Malaysia, Denmark, China and Singapore.

Keep an eye on the many exciting offerings, such as Pisang Roa (smoked fish sambal) and Kerak Telor (crispy glutinous rice frittata) from Indonesia, Banh Da Tom Hai Phong (prawn and fish red rice noodle) and Banh Khot (seafood rice cake) from Vietnam, Shrimps & Grits from United States and Bao Luo Fen from China. Not to be missed is the popular Penang Assam Laksa from Malaysia. This spicy-sour fish base soup noodle was voted No. 7 under CNNGo International Food Survey as “foods worth traveling the world to gorge on”.

Among the showcase stalls at the jamboree are Meyers Kokken by Claus Meyer (co-owner of NOMA, Denmark) and Lion City from Vietnam. Visitors can expect roasted Pork Sandwich and Seafood Teppanyaki (Singapore style).

World Street Food Jamboree Feast, Singapore by what2seeonline.com

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* Update – The place has closed down!

Recently, a few of the Penang Food Bloggers were invited to a food tasting & review of Miss Saigon, Penang. This trendy Vietnamese restaurant located at the prime area of E-Gate with bustling atmosphere faces the Jelutong Expressway with the view extending out to the Penang Bridge. It was an opportunity for us to discover some unique Vietnamese cuisine, and also having able to taste all the food in this restaurant’s recently revamped menu. The new menu, which is pork free has a total of thirty-one new items with varieties ranging from salad, rice noodles, sandwiches and summer rolls.

I would like to add in a word of compliments to the Management of Miss Saigon for their innovative and forward thinking. I have come to know that the restaurant previously did not receive a lot of positive comments. As a pro-active team management, they have constructively used the feedback from the  bloggers to improve their menu and the restaurant as a whole.

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***The restaurant has since closed down.

Com Viet which serves Vietnamese delicacies and cuisine is located in a quiet lane right in the buzzing suburb of Pulau Tikus. It is in the middle of the row of shoplots just behind Kassim Mustapha. I found out about this place from Pixen and decided to try out some of their cuisine.

The restaurant radiates a very pleasant feeling, coupled with strokes of Vietnamese culture.

By playing it safe, the first dish we ordered was the Fresh Spring Roll. We have eaten this appetizer at Mekong on our Melbourne trip. Chicken meat, prawns and vegetables are wrapped in transparent rice paper and eaten by dipping into the sauce. A plate of six rolls cost RM12.

We had the Bun Bo Nam Bo which comes with lots of fresh vegetables and herbs …. beef with laksa noodles, mint, coriander, bean sprout and garnished with crushed peanuts. This huge bowl of noodle (RM12) is very tasty with the special sauce which gives the dish an extra kick.

A fabulous dish of sliced stuffed pork leg (Chan Gio Nhoi) served with fish sauce and lime juice cost RM15. The meat is very well flavoured and delicious.

After the meal, we had a cup of Vietnamese Coffee. It is interesting to watch and wait as the coffee goes through the dripping process in the charming peculator. The hot water in the little teapot is poured into the coffee powder in the metal container. The coffee will then drip into the cup below it. It has a unique flavour and tasted good with added condensed milk. It cost RM6.

The accompanying signature baked apple pie – the crispy texture of the freshly baked pie and the apple slices topped with cinnamon powder complemented each other very well.

Vietnamese food is healthy as it requires very little oil in its cooking. Just head over to this place for excellent Vietnamese food. Its location : 19, Lintang Burma, Pulau Tikus.

*** Updates (January 2009) : This restaurant which was closed for a short period of time is now reopen under the name, Saigon Kitchen Vietnamese Cuisine***

Saigon Kitchen Vietnamese Cuisine
19 Lintang Burma
Pulau Tikus
PENANG

Tel : 04 2267285

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