In the past, there were trends on eating Japanese foods, Korean foods and many more. Recently, if you observe, there are many Vietnamese cafes and restaurants are popping up in town. It seems like Vietnamese foods has also become one of Malaysian favorite food.
Vietnamese cuisine doesn’t win any points for complexity. Many of the most popular dishes can be made just as well on the side of the road as in a top-end restaurant. But it’s precisely this simplicity, the subtle variations by region and the fresh ingredients that keep us pulling up a plastic stool for more.
Vietnamese food is distinct and unforgettable. The cuisine relies on a balance of salty, sweet, sour and hot flavors, achieved through use of nuoc mam, a fermented fish sauce, cane sugar, the juice of kalamansi citrus fruit or tamarind and chilli peppers. Dishes use plenty of fresh herbs but tend not to be overly spicy, as chill sauces are served separately.
At Cheras (opposite the PGRM’s building), there are one side shop named Pholicious which offers an authentic Vietnamese foods and the price surprisingly are very affordable price. For less than RM 10, you would be able to get a bog bowl of Vietnamese noodles with either beef or pork.
Below are some of the main dishes highlights that you could consider ordering when you were there:
- Prawn Summer Roll / Gui coun (RM 7.90). Rice Paper Rolls with Shrimp, Pork Belly, Vermicelli Noodles, Bean Sprouts, Cilantro, Basil, Lettuce & Side of Special Peanut Sauce.
- Sizzling Pan Cake / Banh Xeo (RM 7.90). Crispy, Flaky Pancake with a micture of Prawn, Pork, Bean Sprouts, Chives and Onion.
- Grill BBQ / Tom Cang Nuong (RM 6.90). A Tender Pork Cutlet is barbecued over hot coals to give it a rich, smoky flavor and laid over the fluffy white com.
- Sandwich / Banh Mi (RM 9.00). Crusty baguette that’s sliced in half and stuffed with layers of pork ham, homemade pork pate. Vietnamese radish and carrot pickles, a handful of sliced cucumbers, springs of coriander (cilantro) and last but not least, an optional, yet in my opinion necessary, scoop of fresh pounded chilies. Their signature Banh Mi are the Original (RM 9.90) and Grill Pork (RM 10.90).
- Pho Noodles (RM 15.90). Choose from thinly sliced rib eye steak, meaty meat balls and you will have your taste singing. Each bowl is served with beans sprout, fresh basil and lime. The signature noodles were Master Kung Pho.
- Bun Heo Hue (RM 12.90). Looking to spice up your life? This hardy big brother to Pho is rich and full of cold flavors. The secret to this heavy hitter is the deep rich pork consomme married with lemon grass, slow cooked onions and lots of spicy chilies.
All these are best served with their all time favorite Vietnamese Coffee (Ca Phe Da). Cha Phe Da (RM 6.50) is made with finely grounded Vietnamese grown (Dark Roast Coffee) individual brewed with a small metal French drip filter.
For more information on Pholicious, visit https://www.facebook.com/Pho-licious-1617233628578845/