The Asia Diaries: Ăn Viet

Located at: Sunway Pyramid Mall, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Visited on: 03rd October, 2022

Located on the second lower ground floor, Ăn Viet is an assuming spot that serves up a comprehensive menu. What caught my attention, though, was their commitment to alleviating global food wastage. For dishes that have them on the side, Ăn Viet offers rice and noodles in three portion sizes – 100g, 150g and 200g – and encourages their diners to order a portion size that they can finish. This portion can be topped up to the maximum amount at no extra charge if the consumer feels that the initially ordered portion size is insufficient. In addition, for every finished plate, Ăn Viet donates MYR 0.10 to Food Aid Foundation, which redistributes surplus food to those in need. What a commendable initiative. Here’s hoping that more and more restaurants join forces in combating the global pandemic that is food wastage!

On to the food. Ăn Viet’s Vietnamese Seafood Sour Soup (MYR 19.90) was one of the three dishes that we tried. This is actually from the appetiser section, but makes for a decent meal if you’re looking for something light and nourishing. There was a substantial volume of soup with a fair bit of tomato. The seafood included prawns, fish and clams, and the dish also had some okra and chilli. Perhaps not as enticing in reality as the menu image, but okay overall. An alternative option is available (as a main dish) with thick vermicelli for MYR 22.90.

Vietnamese Seafood Sour Soup

The second dish was their Grilled Pork Chop with Rice (MYR 19.90). This came with a sunny-side-up and a thin sauce on the side. The pork itself was well-seasoned and did not have a large amount of fat on it – which is a good thing. The chops were sizeable and two of them made for a rather satisfying meal.

Grilled Pork Chop with Rice

Finally, there was the Braised Claypot Fish & Pork Belly (MYR 21.90), the broth of which was quite nice. It was liquid-y but hearty, and a good accompaniment for the rice that was included. There was quite a bit of fish and pork in the dish and these, too, tasted quite good. Again, the pork had been seasoned well, and the fish was done just right. A rather filling meal.

Braised Claypot Fish & Pork Belly

We were keen to try their hot Lemongrass & Ginger drink (MYR 7.90 per cup or MYR 13.90 for a pitcher). The ginger was quite overpowering and the lemongrass flavour seemed to come solely from the lemongrass stick that sat in the cup. The drink was accompanied by some sugar syrup, but even this didn’t make the drink as palatable as we had hoped it to be.

Lemongrass and Ginger

Yummy Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

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