Tuesday, December 6, 2016

V-Nam Cafe @ Puchong

It's always encouraging to see a Vietnamese restaurant that tries to tackle a robust range of cherished classics - V-Nam Cafe might seem like a small eatery, but its kitchen offers a diversity of dishes that pay tribute to the street food of Hanoi & beyond.

First-timers to V-Nam might want to start with single-bowl noodles or one-plate rice servings - the cafe does basic, fuss-free renditions of fermented vermicelli soup, nicknamed Vietnamese gumbo, with squid, shrimp & pork in fish paste broth (RM9.80), & tender fried chicken leg with rice (RM10.50), at portions & prices that feel sensible for a Puchong residential neighbourhood.

 Vietnamese soul food can be pretty comforting, represented at V-Nam by savoury braises like duck with ginger (RM15.50), claypot bullfrog with lemongrass (RM14) & pork with coconut water (RM16), ideally consuming with fresh, steaming-hot rice.

The selection is eclectic enough to also encompass mini-pancakes topped with shrimp (RM10.50; this one's a crowd-pleaser), banh mi (RM8.50; notable for its crisp but fluffy baguette) & 'shaking beef,' or pan-tossed chunks of meat served here with fries & gravied vegetables (RM15.50). Many thanks to the V-Nam team for having us.

V-Nam Cafe
21, Jalan Puteri 7/9, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor. 
Daily, 11am-9pm; closed on second & fourth Wednesdays of each month. Tel: 016-235-3132

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Monday, December 5, 2016

2016 Christmas Turkey @ Fratello Italiano, Bangsar South

This year's Christmas turkey, settled: Bangsar South's Fratello Italiano is offering a five-kilogramme stuffed roast that would easily feed at least 10 hungry people, served in a takeaway basket that's bursting with grilled vegetables & roasted potatoes.

The folks here are experienced hands at roasting turkeys, having fine-tuned their recipe & sold hundreds of birds in the past decade. This massive imported U.S.-bred turkey is halal-certified, offered at RM388+ throughout this month & into the new year, placed in a basket that's ideal for bringing home or presenting as a gift, with a savoury turkey reduction brown sauce & cranberry sauce. Place your order at least three to five days in advance, pay a full deposit & collect the turkey at Fratello.

The turkey is slow-roasted for six hours on the day of collection, continuously basted to ensure it remains thoroughly moist. You'll receive it warm & fresh, with a layer of garlicky stuffing beneath the breast skin for extra tenderness. The main stuffing in the cavity of the bird is a flavourful mix of carrots, nuts &  more; we recommend adding chestnuts for only RM10+. It's a genuine feast of fowl, surrounded by comforting chunks of pumpkin, carrots, peppers & potatoes - we ended up having more than enough turkey for multiple meals. Many thanks to Fratello Italiano for kicking off our Christmas celebrations early.

Fratello Italiano
First Floor, Nexus Bangsar South, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 10am-10pm
For turkey orders, contact 012-297-1951 or 012-207-5213


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