Vietnamese cuisine is known to food lovers as a cuisine featuring the harmonious combination of five elements of taste - spicy to represent metal, sour to represent wood, bitter to represent fire, salty to represent water and sweet to represent Earth. There is so much to love about Vietnamese food, from the abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables to fresh ingredients and pleasing presentation.
In conjunction with Vietnam's National Day on 2 September, Link is having a 10-day Vietnamese Food Promotion from 19-28 September 2014 (except Fri & Sat), with invited chefs from Vietnam, Chef Viet Anh Nguyen and Chef Van Son Nguyen who will prepare an authentic Vietnamese experience for guests. The buffet is priced at RM90 nett per person (includes the international spread available at LINK) and is available for both lunch and dinner.
Iconic Vietnamese dishes such as pho, fresh and deep fried spring rolls as well as bo lu lac (shaking beef) are some of the dishes you may find at this promotion. The Vietnamese items are clearly marked out with a Vietnam flag on the dish label.
On our visit there were 3 Gỏi (Vietnamese salads) available to try - chicken and onion salad (nom ga xe phay), grilled squid with beansprouts and starfruit salad (gui muc nuong khe and gia do), and carrot and green papaya salad (nom du du ca rot rau thom). Appetizing and delicious, great for whetting our appetites.
Chicken and onion salad
Grilled squid with beansprouts and starfruit salad
Carrot and green papaya salad
Next, we visited the live station to watch Chef Viet Anh Nguyen prepare the fresh spring rolls (nem cuon tuoi and nuoc cham chua ngot). The delicate rice paper rolls are softened in water then filling of rice vermicelli, lettuce, chicken and herbs are placed on and then rolled. Dipped in nước chấm, we loved this light salad roll.
The making of.. Vietnamese fresh rice rolls
Hubby's favorite dish of the afternoon was the braised fish and ginger in caramel sauce (ca kho to). The sauce is both salty and sweet, really comforting and yummy.
Chicken & Lotus Vietnamese Soup (Sup Ga Hat Sen Cung Dinh)
Bo luc lac aka shaking beef - French-influenced dish of beef cut into cubes and marinated, served with sautéed onions and peppers
Beef and salted vegetable fried rice (com rang dua bo)
Chef Van Son Nguyen at the live cooking station, preparing the Vietnamese crepes (banh beo)
The making of... fried spring roll
These two items were my favorite, especially the fried spring roll (cha gio) that has just come off the fryer. Little rolls of deliciousness. Definitely had several helpings of this. :)
And the most famous of them all, the Vietnamese pho - available with traditional beef or chicken broth (on a daily rotation basis). I enjoyed the rich, flavorful, clear broth with lots of freshly chopped coriander.
Vietnamese drip coffee, sweetened with condensed milk (ca phe sua) can be ordered separately for RM18nett.
This Vietnamese Food Promotion runs from 19-28 September 2014 (except Fri & Sat), and is priced at RM90 nett per person. Available for both lunch and dinner.
Opening times: 12.00pm - 3.00pm (Lunch), 6.30pm-10.30pm (Dinner).
Location: LINK All Day Dining Restaurant, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, No 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-2298 1888
GPS Coordinates: 3.115850, 101.6632
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