There’s been a surge in Vietnamese restaurants here in KL and it’s safe to say that a bowl of pho is at the very top of all our minds when we think of the cuisine. Sure banh mi — the Southeast Asian answer to a sandwich is delicious as is bun cha — grilled pork with noodles. Yet when it comes to comforting fare, pho, that piping hot bowl of rice noodles swimming in a clear beef broth goes unrivalled.
Indeed, there is a certain allure in squeezing the wedge of lime into a steaming bowl and then taking the first spoonful of the clear broth. Know with every sip that there is an echo of spice perked up by the tangle of fresh herbs. Some food historians claim that the name “pho” was derived from the French “pot-au-feu” — a beef stew. Others yet believe it is derived from olden day Cantonese-speaking hawkers selling meat and noodle dishes and calling out “yuhk fán!” into the streets
Either way, a good bowl of pho is a sum of its parts. Yes the broth and meat matters, but rice vermicelli is serious business for Vietnam. Being one of the world’s richest agricultural regions, the Vietnamese take pride in this ingredient, incorporating it in most of their famous delicacies. Here’s where you can get the best Vietnamese Pho in Kuala Lumpur.
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Experience authentic casual Vietnamese dining here at An Viet. You’ll be able to have steaming hot pho here while contributing to the environment as the establishment promotes zero food wastage by allowing diners to choose their portions, and then top it up at no extra charge if the initial portion is finished.
An Viet is available at The Gardens Mall, Sunway Pyramid and Gurney Plaza
Super Saigon serves Melbourne-style Vietnamese cuisine here in Kuala Lumpur, using recipes inspired by popular Vietnamese eateries in Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh. Here you can choose to have medium rare beef tendon, brisket, sliced, or tripe — much wider options compared to other eateries.
Super Saigon, 28, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, +603-7732 8874
Like any true Vietnamese cuisine, the pho here is served hot with authentic flavours that are enhanced by fresh ingredients. Having just opened in 2016, the eatery has already expended to across the Klang Valley. You can choose to have Pho but their Bánh Mì or Bánh Cuốn are also worth a try.
Pho Vietz is available at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Mid Valley Megamall, Empire Shopping Gallery, Sri Petaling, Atria, and 1 Utama.
This may be an Indochinese restaurant, but their pho still has the authentic flavours of a true Vietnamese dish. They incorporate multiple techniques and flavours, mainly Vietnamese and Thai in their dishes. But there is also the French Ox Tail Pot — one of their highly recommended dishes with a French influence in it.
VietThai Restaurant, 4, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, +603-7733 7718
‘What would you like to do for lunch? Let’s do Vietnamese’ — this is the meaning behind the name ‘Du Viet’. Established in 2002, they serve healthy Vietnamese food in a casual setting without neglecting the quality of their dishes. The chefs hail from central Vietnam, so you’ll be able to spot a few influences from the former court cooks.
Du Viet is available at Suria KLCC and Uptown Damansara