Pho Chu Le Vietnamese Restaurant, Springvale, Australia

There are a few locations in Melbourne has nice authentic Vietnamese food such as Footscray, Richmond and Springvale.

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This day, I’m here at Springvale. If you see this arch, you have come to the right place. No, we are are not at Chinatown. The arch at Chinatown will me smaller.

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There are a few Vietnamese restaurants but I’m usually brought to this one.

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These are the standard supplementary condiments and toppings that is given.

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Pork / Chicken Spring Roll

You can either order 10 of each or a mix of 5 each. It’s crispy on the outside and meaty on the inside, accompanied with lettuce and mint leaves on the side. It goes well with the sour sauce that the provided.

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Pho Ga (Rice noodle soup with chicken) (A$10.00)

If you’re not used to the Western portion, it’s really big as compared to what you get in Malaysia or Singapore. Its smooth rice noodle with chicken breast meat topped with onions, spring onions and shallot swimming in tasty soup. I love the soup which gives a happy tingle to your mouth. Definitely a “want-more” if your stomach could have more.

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They serve numerous types of pho, Vietnamese rice noodle with beef or chicken, soup or dry, and other side dishes. Pho bo (Rice noodle with beef) would be the most authentic of pho. If you take beef, you should try that. “Special” would mean other than meat, it also comes with some other parts of the cow or pig.

Overall rating : 9/10

Location :
Shop 51, 268-274 Springvale Road,
Springvale, Victoria, 3171,
Australia

Operating hours : Every day 8.30am – 9.00pm

My Veggie Restaurant, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

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One of the vegetarian option in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya is this restaurant. It has many choices from Asians, Westerns and kids meal. You can either order dishes to share or individual portions. It have a vast varieties that will spoilt you for choices. It did to me! However, as there’s only 2 of us. We had a taste for something soupy.
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Veggie Bak Kut Teh (RM17.90)

This is always our top choice. It is also their recommended meal. It is a bowl of herbal soup with mushrooms, bean curd slices, vegetarian meat and lettuce. Supplement with a bowl of brown rice. It’s always an appetizing dish for me.

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Assam Laksa (RM13.90)

Also a recommended dish by the restaurant. This is my first time having vegetarian Assam laksa. A spicy soury soup with vegetarian fish, and rice noodles topped with pineapple and cucumber stripes, chili and mint leaves. I love the how the soup taste thick like the non-vegetarian Assam laksa. I would love it more if it’s more sour because my tolerance level towards sour is quite high. Still, it’s appetizing! Yum!

Overall rating : 8/10

Location :
LG-75, Lower Ground Floor,
IOI City Mall, Sepang

Tel : +603 8328 0739

Website : http://www.myvegetarian.my/

Operating hours : 10.00am – 10.00pm

Dazzling Cafe, Singapore

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This cafe’s soft opening on 18th April started with a long queue. I’m not sure about the first day but now they have a queue ticket system. A few days later, my friends and I thought the queue will continue but we were lucky we manage to get to a table on a Monday evening. (Note: For soft opening, they will be open at 11am – 8pm from18 April – 6 June).

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Most of the shops around this cafe are yet to open. So currently there is less light from the building but if you take the seats inside, it’s better.

Their signature design that would capture many photo takers is the rabbit ear chairs. Not all tables have that chair but you get it, you’re lucky. Otherwise like us, unfortunately not so lucky. Sorry no photo.

I knew about this cafe when I visited the shop in Taipei. Their main dishes are the desserts. So let’s start with them.

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Matcha with Azuki Beans Honey Toast (S$19.90)

One of their top dessert (from Taiwan’s top list) is Honey Toast. You get to choose how your toast would be made; soft, regular or crispy. We chose crispy. The crispy toast is served on green tea purée topped with green tea ice cream and Azuki beans covered with a layer of cream and green tea drizzle while finished with a green tea macaron, green tea almond crisps and a few cranberries. Yes, you can see that I have repeated “green tea” multiple times. You will need to really love green tea to enjoy this dessert because its matcha taste is very strong. For me, I am overwhelmed by it. As for the toast, recommended to eat it while freshly made. It will gradually lose its crisp to the ice cream and air. What I like of this dessert is although it’s covered by a layer of cream, the cream does not leave an oily after taste.

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Valrhona Chocolate Waffle (S$12.90), additional Mochi topping (S$2.00) and Bailey’s or Chocolate ice cream (S$2.50)

I look forward to trying this waffle since I missed my chance when I was in Taipei. Flower waffle sandwiched with mochi, topped with cream, chocolate chips, Valrhona chocolate drizzle and Bailey’s ice cream. Accompanying at the side with maple syrup. Valrhona is a premium French chocolate brand, if you’re wondering what it is. It’s enjoying to munch with chewy mochi and Bailey’s ice cream. Its chocolate is not sweet if you have sweet tooth but I liked it. What I least expected but I don’t know if it’s meant to be that way is the waffle is not crispy and aromatic enough on its own. So I suggest that you should eat all ingredients together and it’s still an enjoyable dessert.

Okay, let’s come back to some of their appetizer and main dishes. It’s nothing too fancy but it serves rather good ingredients.

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Mentaiko Spaghetti in Cream Sauce (S$18.90) – chef’s recommendation

It’s a simple dish of spaghetti with cod roe in white wine cream sauce topped with dried seaweed flakes. Although it does not have a lot of ingredients but it’s appetizing because of the cod roe’s crunch and cream sauce’s saltiness.

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Buffalo Wings (S$15.90)

Mmm… Spicy spiced wings. For my poor tolerance level for spiciness, it’s a little spicy but it’s pungent taste could satisfy my taste bud. It’s a try for me.

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Truffle Mushroom Risotto with Freshly Shaved Truffle (S$24.90)

The only risotto on the menu but its name was quite attractive to lure us to try. As describe in the menu, mixed wild mushrooms, red onions, garlic, simmered in white wine reduction topped with fresh black truffle shavings, Parmesan cheese and truffle oil. Fragrantly cooked with pungent truffle and onion taste at every mouth.

Go for a try! or if you’re in Taipei, try it there too! ^_^

Overall rating : 6/10

Location:

Capitol Piazza
15, Stamford Road
#01-85, Galleria,
Singapore

Tel: +65 6384 3310

Operating hours (after official opening):
Monday – Thursday 11.00am – 12.00am
Friday – Saturday 11.00am – 3.00am
Sunday 11.00am – 12.00am

Cravings Restaurant, Bandar Mahkota Cheras

An addition to this area, a nice comfy restaurant to spend your lunch, dinner or tea breaks.

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It has Asian food, some tastes familiar to our cultures; Westerns when you have a mood for Americans or Italians; little leaf indicators for Vegetarian diners; and never forgetting our little ones’ appetite for kids meal.

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Wild Mushroom Baked Penne (RM14.90)

Without the little leaf indicator, I would still think that this dish can be suitable for Vegetarian. Although you see just simple ingredients of cheese, fresh button mushrooms, penne and a little garlic in this dish, I have grown to like it to finish it to the last bit because it doesn’t give you the heavy feel of too much cheese or cream. It’s a comeback for me.

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Mario M Burger (RM18.90)

Grilled Portobello mushrooms with caramelised onions and oyster mushrooms sandwiched by lettuce, tomato, and buttered toast burger bun spread with mushroom sauce on lower bun and mayonnaise on top bun. A meat free burger with full of juicy flavours, though a little salty for my taste. So, the bun helps to reduce the saltiness of the mushrooms and onions. A more than a mouthful big burger is served with fries.

Drinks – they do serve some nice looking drinks but so far I have been too full to order one because they provide a bottle of water free. Cakes and drinks would be on my list for the next visit!

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Currently, there’s offer of 20%-30% off on selected menu daily, except for Sundays, kids age 3-12 have kids meal for free for every RM20 spent (other terms and conditions applies).

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
16, Ground Floor,
Jalan Temenggung 25/9,
Bandar Mahkota Cheras,
43200 Cheras.

Tel: +603 9011 8263

They have another outlet at Cheras.

Cravings Kitchen & Bistro
Tesco Extra Cheras
Ground Floor, Lot G33
No.2, Jalan Midah 2,
Taman Midah, 56000 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603 9131 3629

Organic Express Restaurant, SS2 Petaling Jaya

This may be another vegetarian outlet near your home. A place I visit now and then. It can be quite busy during lunch and dinner peak period.

You can either order for vegetable dishes to share or individual portions. They order a rather wide range of dishes to choose from Western styled salad, pizza, pasta to Asian styled stir fry vegetables, tofu, mushrooms and noodle and rice.

Some choices we ordered:

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Petai Fried Rice (RM12.90)

Fragrantly stir fried rice with petai and other vegetable ingredients, topped with slices of lettuce and accompanied with bean cracker and satay. I liked the taste of the fried rice. The satay tasted like popcorn chicken (if you have tasted a real one, you’ll understand what I mean).

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Hin Hua Mee Swa with Ginger Soup (RM12.90)

Cooked Mee Swa (Hokkien word for a type of vermicelli) poured over with ginger soup together with varieties of vegetables such as tomato, leafy greens and dried beancurd slices. The soup has a strong ginger taste which will be loved by ginger lovers. A warming dish.

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Basil Fried Beehoon (RM12.90)

It’s stir fried meehoon with spinach, cabbage, tofu, carrot strips, bean sprout and accompanied by bean cracker and satay. Looks like a normal dish of fried meehoon but it has a strong basil taste. If you like basil, it is a fragrant dish!

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Yunnan Style Fried Vermicelli (RM12.90)

From the looks of it, it looks similar to Basil Fried Meehoon. The ingredients are similar as well excluding the basil. I do not know how Yunnan fried meehoon taste like but to me it taste like a more fragrant Singapore fried meehoon. It’s good enough for my taste.

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Stir Fry Lotus Root with Mix Vegetables (RM15.90)

More vegetables to add more fibre to our diet. Crunchy lotus root and green pea with brocoli, cauliflower, carrot, black fungus and mushroom as the ingredients. However, I think that it’s a little salty to eat it on its own. Best to eat with rice or noodle.

Overall rating: 7/10

Location:
49, Jalan SS2/30,
47300 Petaling Jaya

Tel: +603 7877 8293

Operating hours:
Monday : Closed
Tuesday – Friday : 10.30am – 3.00pm; 5.30pm – 9.00pm
Saturday – Sunday : 10.30am – 2.45pm; 5.00pm – 9.15pm