Every now and then, I get this massive hankering for Vietnamese.
Not every place does a good bowl of Bún Thịt Nướng – a knock-out carbo-heavyweight, tempered with a lethal, zippy right hand of explosive herbs, interlaced with a fast shuffle of fatty decadent pork bits and porcine matter. Balance & precision count and this place has all that. At super affordable prices too.
Bún Thịt Nướng .. nubs of pork grilled to caramelized sweetness, on a tangle of cool rice noodles, shredded lettuce and fresh crunchy herbs. Only SEVEN bucks. What do you pay in the more fancy restaurants again.. ?! My memory fails me. Too much I expect. Way too much.
‘Giò Heo’ which translates to pig’s hock or trotter.. They didn’t have the trotter that day but it was fatty enough for me. Pork belly, pork balls, pork mince, pork liver .. you get the drill.
This bihun dish was busting out of its fatty socks with basil, mint leaves, spring onions.. soooo fresh and green tasting it almost made you forget about the lard laced pork soup for a bit. Also 7 bucks.
Gorgeous curly Vietnamese rice noodles sprinkled with a rainbow of colours thanks to pungent edibles, that are built layer by layer.
Lining the bottom of the bowl are crunchy lettuce leaves, bean sprouts, carrot, mint and slivers of cucumber. Then come a central body of essential white carbs, a solid base for a nice charred protein top.. the grilled, juicy pork seasoned with a refreshing lemongrass marinade is to die for. .. And then the final crown of glistening nuoc cham, a light, tangy dressing made with fermented fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and chilies that unifies them all.
This goes crazy good with a spicy bean sauce. Not counting calories here. Or ever.
Mayang Oasis Food Court
Jalan SS 26/9, Taman Mayang Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor