Monday, June 17, 2019

Bahn Mi Cafe, Bukit Jalil, KL: Vietnamese Food

I love Vietnamese food! When our favourite Viet place closed down, I was devastated and was determined to find another place that serves good banh mi. This fairly new Vietnamese restaurant in Bukit Jalil, Banh Mi Cafe, came onto our radar recently. They have two other outlets in Puchong.

The menu features Vietnamese street food favourites such as banh mi, pho, bun bo, bun cha, bo kho, Vietnamese coffee and more, at pocket-friendly prices.

This is what we came for - the Banh Mi Thit Heo (RM8.80) - banh mi filled with grilled pork, coriander, pickled carrots and radish, and cucumber. The baguette was great - nice and crusty on the outside and soft and airy on the inside. The bread dough is made from scratch every morning using traditional Vietnamese techniques and ingredients. They were also generous with the grilled pork, tender with a sweetish glaze. It would be more satisfying though if this banh mi also came with egg (they have an option to add on egg, so we will do that next time). Overall it was a good banh mi and I spy a lot of other variety on their menu.

We also had the Goi Cuon Tom (RM5.90), fresh spring rolls with prawn. A nice fresh appetizer, served with a creamy peanut sauce.

I also had the Pho Bo (RM12.90), Vietnamese beef noodles. The portion was huge, and comes with noodles, and two types of beef - beef sirloin and beef brisket. The beef sirloin was still slightly pink when served, so it was nice and tender when eaten. The soup was flavorful, though I still prefer the one I had here.

Caramel custard (RM3.90) dessert for Hubby - with Vietnamese coffee poured over.

We enjoyed our meal here, and would definitely return when the craving for banh mi hits again.

Opening times: 10.30am to 10pm.

Price: Total bill RM32.65.

Location: Banh Mi Cafe, 2, Jalan Jalil Jaya 1, Jalil Link, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Limited paid street parking available)

Tel: 03-8999 2272

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Recipe: Ayam Pongteh (Nyonya Chicken and Potato Stew)

During our recent trip to Melaka, we managed to try lots of different Peranakan dishes, including ayam pongteh. Ayam pongteh is a Nyonya chicken and potato stew, flavoured by shallots, garlic and taucu (preserved soy beans). In some restaurants, they also serve a pork version called babi pongteh.

This is a very easy dish to prepare at home; the majority of the cooking time is for braising on low heat hence requiring little supervision. The reduced sauce is nice and flavourful and goes nicely with white rice. As this is a non-spicy dish, it is highly suitable for kids too!

Ayam Pongteh (Nyonya chicken and potato stew)
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Asian Retro Food by Betty Saw
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Serves 4

90g shallots, peeled
1 bulb garlic, peeled
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp taucu (preserved soy beans)
500g chicken breast, cut into chunks
250ml water
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
20 dried mushrooms, soaked to soften
2 potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/4 tsp salt

1. Place peeled garlic and shallots into a food processor and blend until you get a paste. If you do not have a food processor, finely chop the garlic and shallots.

2. Heat oil in a wok over medium high heat. Add the shallots and garlic, and saute for 2 minutes. Add the taucu and fry for another 2 minutes until fragrant.

3. Add the mushrooms and chicken, then stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the water and dark soy sauce and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the potatoes and salt and simmer over medium heat, covered for about 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are soft and the sauce has thicken slightly.

4. Serve with rice.

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