Vnam Kitchen Restaurant – Vietnamese Food in IpohSeptember 29, 2009 | 13,966 views
Very down to earth motto printed on the menu, and the vibrant decor inside of Vnam Kitchen.
A new restaurant serving Vietnamese cuisine opened its door to the public recently in Ipoh, at the same spot occupied by the previous Soon Fatt Restaurant on Jalan Seenivasagam around Greentown. Click on the link for the post on the NEW Soon Fatt Restaurant.
Vnam Kitchen is in fact, owned and run by a couple who had been operating various stalls and outlets serving delectable and authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the Klang Valley, located in several food courts by the name of Vietnamese Cuisine.
Vietnamese Drip Coffee (RM4.50)
Since then, they’ve ‘surrendered’ their premises in the Klang Valley to their sons, and subsequently moved to Ipoh and opened up a stall by the name of (what else?) Vietnamese Cuisine in Woolley Food City in Ipoh Garden.
Sumptuous Platter of Appetizers (RM19.90) to tantalize your tastebuds … and really filling at that!
The starter platter of lemongrass chicken chop, pork chop, deep-fried fish fillets, Vietnamese fried spring rolls and blanched vermicelli with crushed peanuts came in a most appetizing portion, almost ‘suffocating’, if you’re having this alone or sharing with one other person only. Definitely whipped up for a table of 3 and above, the platter consists of the sweet and tasty marinated pork chop and chicken chop with a light tinge of lemongrass (thank goodness!), batter-fried fish fillets (which replaced sugar cane prawns, as they were not available on that afternoon), a crispy and always-pleasing Vietnamese fried spring rolls, and some blanched rice noodles, or vermicelli (Vietnamese version, almost like the real deal Pho) topped with lots of crunchy crushed peanuts.
Wrap them up REAL good IF you’re patient, or just dump the whole ensemble into your mouth if hunger strikes!
The appetizer was served with some hardened sheets of rice paper, meant to be dipped slightly into the bowl of hot water (to soften the sheets), then laid bare (hehe, wrong choice of word?) on the plate, and then roll up your favourite ingredients, ala ‘popiah’ style. The dipping sauces came in the form of a mixed chilli sauce + ‘hoi sin’ sauce with crushed peanuts, and another bowl of tangy and sweet vinegar sauce with cili padi/bird eye chillies afloating.
Beef Mong – Vietnamese style rice vermicelli with mixed vegetables and grilled beef with lemongrass (RM6.90)
One positive note about Vnam Kitchen’s dishes is that, the portion is rather big, yet not overly filling to the point of getting sick of your rice/noodles. The Mong, for one, is a rather satisfying bowl of simple blanched rice noodles with a colourful combination of julienned greens and meat of your choice. Right before serving the dish, the staff will pour a small bowl of the tangy and piquant vinegar sauce with cili padi, meant to be mixed into the bowl of noodles, in order to provide enough moisture and flavour. The grilled cutlets of beef were really good, albeit left me wanting for more, as only four to five pieces were served with the Mong.
The Rice Dishes @ Vnam Kitchen – Deep fried Fish Cutlets with sweet and sour sauce (RM9.90), Lemongrass Pork Chop (RM7.90) and Black Pepper Chicken (RM7.50)
Amongst the rice dishes at Vnam’s, the lemongrass pork chop and lemongrass chicken chop are the must-tries. Personally, I prefer the pork version more, for the tender cutlets of pork meat were marinated well with the sweet and savoury sauce, with a slight hint of lemongrass to perk up the aroma. The black pepper chicken was anything but ordinary, with a heavier accent of pepper, and came in boneless forms.
Vnam Kitchen Restaurant – Parking’s a problem come peak hours though …
Other than the dishes mentioned above, Vnam also serves other varieties of authentic Vietnamese cuisine, for example the ubiquitous, almost synonymous with Vietnam’s national dish of Pho Bo or beef noodles, chicken noodles or Pho Ga, and fresh spring rolls (mixed vegetables wrapped in sheets of rice paper).
What we had at the outlet in Woolley Food City – Special Beef Noodles (RM9.90), Fresh Spring Rolls, and Fried Spring Rolls
If you’re wondering whether the stall in Woolley Food City is still operating, the answer is YES. And seemingly running at full steam at that, doing brisk business amongst the crowd frequenting one of Ipoh’s most famous food court in Ipoh Garden.
The refurbished Woolley Food City in Ipoh Garden – With a respectable number of stalls (at least more than 20), serving Ipoh famous hawker fares
Hence, if you’re worried about parking issues in Greentown, hop over to Woolley Food City instead for a taste of Vietnamese cuisine. Although bear in mind that the dishes on offer do differ, as Vnam Kitchen serves a wider array, obviously.
Vnam Kitchen Restaurant
No 32, Jalan Seenivasagam,
30450 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No : 605-254 2633 or 6012-887 8101 (Joanne Chan)
Opens daily from 11.00am until 10.00pm.