Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Vietnamese Dinner @ Com Viet

The whole family recently went to a local Vietnamese restaurant advertised in a tourist magazine. It's a small place with about 6 tables (that can easily converted to 8-10 people sitting when added a portable round table top on the existing one.) This is the 3rd time we'd been there and we were quite amazed that even on week days, this place is full. Reservation is recommended. I haven't been to Vietnam except tasted their cuisine each time I'm back in Brussels at this Generation Restaurant. I'm not sure if this place still operates because the last time we were there, we overheard the owner wanted to retire. I discovered that Vietnamese food is light and uses a lot of herbs unlike the Thai version which I grew up with even though both cuisines use the same herbs and spices. 

I managed to snap some pictures with a borrowed compact camera before the food disappeared totally from the table.. :-D

Clockwise from Left-Right: Sorry for the partially eaten Bahn Xeo, Mapo Tofu (Vietnamese style?), Chicken Salad with Vietnamese Mint Leaves (Polygonum), Stir-fry Choy Sum with fresh Shiitake Mushrooms and Braised Duck with House Special Sauce served in claypot.

Now, some close up of the said dishes...


Chicken Salad with Vietnamese Mint Leaves

Stir-Fry Choy Sum with Shiitake Mushrooms

Bahn Xeo-Vietnamese Crepe

Braised Duck in House's Special Sauce

Crispy Apple Tart - Thinly sliced apples arranged into a Rosette on top of cream

Vietnamese Style Hot Coffee & Milk (Ca Phe Sua Nong) using a small Percolateur


Mmmmmmm... coffee & dessert - that's the way to end a lovely dinner :-D I also love their Lemongrass tea which is boiled with fresh ginger, lemongrass and sweetened with honey which you can order hot or cold. It's good for digestion and also breathe freshener after the meal :-P


Restaurant's Address:

Com Viet
119 Lintang Burma
10250 Pulau Tikus
Penang

Tel:+604-226 7285


3 comments:

  1. I've had Vietnamese food only once and it was a really nice and interesting experience. I need to find an authentic restaurant here in Ohio, or try an authentic recipe in my kitchen.

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  2. Hi Ben,

    It's true Vietnamese food is different from other Asean countries. It's lighter & more refreshing than Thai cuisine. It's tastes also influenced by French, for example 'cha dum' is a kind of steamed pork paté and usage of percolateur in Vietnamese coffee... and it's not unusual to find Chinese's use of soya sauce besides nuoc mam in modern day restaurants.

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  3. The process of making the coffee looks interesting...got to visit the place to know how its done and also its taste.

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