Phở Việt (GPS: 5.41222, 100.33451) is a Vietnamese restaurant in George Town, Penang. It is located along Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai), near the junction of Prangin Lane. The restaurant is operated by two Vietnamese ladies, Ms Quynh Nhu and Ms Grace Vu, who are married to Malaysians and have been living in Penang for over ten years. The restaurant, which opened in late 2016, offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine, prepared with fresh ingredients and most importantly, without the use of MSG. The ladies want to share with Penangites the taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisine, so you can find on their menu signature dishes representative of Vietnam, as well as a number of dishes that they have modified to appeal to the Malaysian palate.
The two lady proprietresses of Kafe Pho Viet, Ms Quynh Nhu and Ms Grace Vu (10 January, 2017)
Entrance to Kafe Pho Viet, George Town (10 January, 2017)
Timothy Tye at Phở Việt Cafe (10 January, 2017)
496, Beach Street,
10300 George Town, Penang.
GPS: 5.41222, 100.33451
Phone: 016 203 4424 & 012 559 1905
Phở Việt is located on the stretch of Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai) between Prangin Road (Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong) and Prangin Lane (Lorong Prangin). Coming from the direction of Prangin Road, the café is on your left.
My Visit to Phở Việt Cafe
5 February, 2017
Feeling like having Vietnamese food, my wife and I paid a visit to Phở Việt. We didn't inform the owners we are going beforehand, because we do not want to force people into giving us free food, and we don't mind being paying customers.
As neither my wife nor I had enough of the Beef Phở, this time we ordered two bowls, one for each of us. On our first visit, we spent so much time photographing that by the time we ate our phở, it was already cold. This time, we quickly took photos and got to enjoy the phở while it was still hot.
I am pleased with the phở at Phở Việt. It is served with various condiments, such as mint leaves, beansprouts and sliced chilli. My only regret is that the amount of beef is not more. I would love to have more beef in my bowl of phở.
Lunch at Phở Việt Cafe (5 February, 2017)
The bowl of beef phở that I had at Phở Việt Cafe (5 February, 2017)
10 January, 2017
My wife and I visited Phở Việt Cafe for the first time on 10 January, 2017, and was warmly greeted by Ms Grace Vu. Ms Quynh Nhu's husband Alex was also around to make us feel at home, while she was busy preparing the dishes in the kitchen.
Phở Việt has prepared a few dishes that are either representative of Vietnam or signature dishes of the cafe. The dishes we tried that evening included the Vietnamese Beef Noodle or Phở, which is possibly the most common Vietnamese main dish known outside Vietnam. Also not to be missed are the Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls, which is the most popular Vietnamese snack. Other items we tried that evening included the Vietnamese Pan Cake, the Grilled Chicken Rice Set and the Dried Chicken Noodle.
The Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls have large prawns, lettuce and Vietnamese noodles in it. It is most unusual for me to eat a springroll with noodles inside, but it tastes good.
The Vietnamese Pancake is excellent. The pancake, or crepe, is absolutely crispy. Its stuffing is lightly boiled squid and enoki mushrooms, so a bite into the pancake introduces a combination of textures.
A Taste of Vietnam, at Phở Việt Cafe (10 January, 2017)
See the contents oozing out of the Vietnamese Pancake (10 January, 2017)
Grilled Chicken Rice Set (10 January, 2017)
For drinks, Phở Việt let us try the Markisa Juice and the Vietnamese Drip Coffee. I enjoy the drinks very (yes, I try both). The coffee really has the "kick". Making it is a process which I will explain separately. I liked it so much that I asked to buy the coffee as well as the dripper home. The restaurant was so kind to give me a pack as well as the dripper.
Markisa Juice (10 January, 2017)
Vietnamese Drip Coffee (10 January, 2017)
After we finished our meal, we were also served the desserts. We had the banana cake and the coconut jelly.
Vietnamese Banana Cake (10 January, 2017)
Coconut Jelly (10 January, 2017)
A tour of Phở Việt
Now let me show you around Phở Việt Cafe. The restaurant is quite big. Even though a bit narrow, it is very long, and is divided into two large sections, separated by an airwell. The inner section is just nice for private parties and gatherings. At the hallway behind the front door is a sort of pantry section where you can buy various food products from Vietnam. In fact, the owners of Phở Việt Cafe was also in the business of importing Vietnamese food products into the country.
Phở Việt Cafe (10 January, 2017)
Phở Việt Cafe (10 January, 2017)
Mural on the wall of Phở Việt Cafe depicting the famous Bến Thành Market in Ho Chi Minh City (10 January, 2017)
Floral decoration at Phở Việt Cafe (10 January, 2017)
Airwell at Phở Việt Cafe (10 January, 2017)
The inner section of Phở Việt Cafe can be used for private parties and gatherings (10 January, 2017)
A section of Phở Việt Cafe with various products from Vietnam which you can buy home (10 January, 2017)
Menu of Phở Việt
I managed to get the entire menu of Phở Việt, so I am able to post it here. Bear in mind that prices are as of 1 January, 2017, and is subject to change at a later date.
During my visit to Phở Việt Cafe, I had the privilege of trying their Vietnamese Drip Coffee. I liked it so much that I wanted to buy the coffee powder and dripper. They however graciously gave it to me. So now, I am enjoying Vietnamese Drip Coffee on some morning with my breakfast. Click below thumbnail to view my step-by-step guide on how to prepare the perfect cup of Vietnamese Drip Coffee.
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