Experiencing Vietnamese Food For the First Time, Rasa Viet, The Sphere, Bangsar South

Have you tried Vietnamese food before? Not your cup of tea? Well, it will definitely be your cup of coffee at the end of this blog post.

I personally have never had a thought to try Vietnamese food before. My food hunt usually revolves around trying western or local food I suppose. 

Today I am going to about my experience after trying out the Vietnamese food at Rasa Viet. Rasa Viet prepares most of their food literally from scratch and they avoid using MSG. 

Will you believe it if I tell you that they prepare their chicken stock by boiling the soup for 10 hours? Well, yes. Rasa Viet prepares the food from the heart rather than just taking a few chicken stock cubes from a box and dump it into the soup. 

First of course, I have to talk about their coffee. It is Drip coffee and it comes with milk or without milk. As you can see in the picture drip coffee is one of the techniques that are used to make brewed coffee. 

Brewed coffee is made by pouring hot water over coffee beans and letting the beans seep into a pot. The most common way to brew coffee is by allowing the coffee to drip over a pot underneath slowly. Dropping the coffee slowly enhances the flavour of the coffee and gives it a stronger taste overall. 

They will serve the drip coffee to your table and you can order food while waiting for the coffee to drip fully. Then they will pour the drip coffee into a glass of ice and serve you. 

The taste of the coffee was a great kick indeed. It was very creamy and slightly bitter just as coffee should be. As you can see here, it is not a full cup because the ice has to melt in order to make the coffee taste a little lighter for you. As it is too thick and might be too strong for some. I am having this Drip coffee under my to try again list!

Next, we tried appetizer Mango Salad- Prawn. This was definitely a pretty looking plate. Actually, as I have seen by far almost every food they serve in Rasa Viet, it will surely have basil and other greeneries. So if you love to eat vegetables then Rasa Viet is one of the places to opt for. I love vegetables so I was extremely happy!

Now back to Mango Salad - Prawn. All you have to do is grab the mango and prawns and stack it on your keropok and eat it. The mix of fresh mango and prawn with the crunchy keropok was refreshing and tasted like a perfect snack. I'm sure most kids can be tricked to eat this appetizer! 

Our second appetizer was Fried Roll. You just have to take it and dip it in the sauce and eat it. The outer layer was so crispy and crunchy. The interior was filled with chicken, taro, black fungus, carrot and daikon, vermicelli, rice paper and it was served with fish sauce. As you could have guessed now, yes it was extremely crunchy as a whole. 

Then we had DIY Wrap Sizzling Pancake. This dish was rather interesting. Again, we the customers get to experience hands-on to prepare our own food. They will serve us this and guide us on how to prepare our own pancake then we can do it. 

By doing the pancake ourselves we get to understand what is being served to us and what exactly is in our food. Also, a plus point to those who have kids as you can keep count the number of veggies they eat by wrapping it for them. 

First, you have to wet the rice paper, then stack everything you wish to eat and just roll and eat. It is as simple as that! But to do it on your own is where the fun part relies on.

Next was the main dish and I tried Smoked Duck Pho. I love smoked duck and to have it in a soup was amazing! I had no idea that even on the main dish we can actually have our experience of preparing it.

So they will serve us the bowl full of good food and also 3 small cute looking sauce at the side. One is to dip our meat in it and the rest is added to our soup according to our taste. So we have to taste our soup first then pour in the prepared sauce accordingly. It is also said that it is best eaten while it is still hot so we didn't waste any second and dug in as soon as it came.

I enjoyed my soup so much and the smoked duck was well prepared. Also to know that I am eating a bowl of soup without any MSG and it was prepared 10 hours prior in order to get the chicken stock, I appreciated the soup better and enjoyed drinking it till the last sip!

Next, we had Summer Roll with a special peanut sauce. The sauce tasted like kuah rojak and me being a huge fan of rojak buah, I went all out and finished the sauce that we had to order another plate of sauce. 

We ended the day with a lovely Traditional Caramel Pudding and by far it is one of the best I have tried. It tasted almost like a coffee cheesecake! I savoured it so much and if I had more space in my stomach, I would have definitely ordered another! The caramel pudding was also done from scratch as well.

Overall, the price was rather affordable and I love how I explored and learned so much during this food hunt. The waiter also was very friendly and they were really fast at getting you whatever that you want. 

For more information:

Operational: Daily (11 am - 10 pm)

Telephone: +603 2242 1880

Address: Unit No. G-3A, Level Ground, The Sphere, No.1 Avenue 1, Bangsar South City, No.8 Jalan Kerinchi 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Rasa Viet Website

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