[NEW OUTLET] MONVIET AT FX SUDIRMAN: BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT IN JAKARTA11.25.00
I remember receiving this email back in 2013 from someone named Hai who just started his restaurant business (which is Monviet) asking me whether I want to visit his newly opened restaurant back then and had a chit chat together. I would not regret the day I said yes to Monviet because this restaurant taught me a lot of things but the most important two is that Vietnamese cuisine is very delicious, and secondly, when you cook with heart and passion, great result is what you will get, and hello, three years later and three outlets spread around Jakarta. I genuinely feel happy for them.
A brief history about Monviet: back in the 1970s, the owner's mother left the village she lived at to start opening a noodle stall at a corner of a Saigon street, it was her top selling Bun Bo Hue that quickly gather more and more customers to come and even waited in front of her stall before it opened. I honestly do not wonder why. The power of "Bun Bo Hue" was that phenomenal, it was an everlasting recipe that nurtured 9 sons and daughters in the family, and two of them: Hai and Loan are the ones who expand their mom's creation to another state: in a form of a seated-dining restaurant.
Canh Ga Sot Me - IDR 38k
The glazed deep fried chicken was very saucy, with the sauce being flavorful, beautiful mix of sweet & savory with just a tiny hint of sour flavor, almost like a honey glazed but along with that Vietnamese soysauce flavor character. The chicken was cooked nicely without being overly crispy and dry. What a good dish to prepare your palate.
This is one of their new menus, technically square spring rolls and they have the meat and the vegetarian kind for this dish, of course being a carnivor that I am, I opted for the chicken filling one (Vuong Ga). Again, this was cooked perfectly with nice pre-seasoning, it's all about the fresh ingredient and the fish sauce for the dipping.
You just can not come to Monviet and not try their bloody delicious bahn mi! You just can't do that.
Bahn Mi Xa Xiu - IDR 65k
They have several variants for the bahn mi, and my favorite has got to be the chicken chasiu filling (again if you skipped reading, they do not serve pork here). Their bahn mi breads are made using premium ingredients with the right crunchiness on the coating (like I don't know the right way to explain the crunchiness, it's crunchy but not dry crunchy) and fluffier center. Inside you'll also find pickled veges, cucumber, celery.
Pho Dac Biet - IDR 79k
Let's check out Hai and Loan's mom legendary noodle soups! This Pho includes the combination of fresh sliced beef, briskets and meatballs. The soup was very fragrant, and if you have eaten Pho before, you probably knew that Vietnamese Pho always comes with side vegetables and fragrant leaves, the reason behind the separated serving is simply because not everyone likes to have the vegetables mixed, so it depends on their preference for having or not having it. The soup is really tasty, it's made of beef bone that's been slow cooked for 14 freaking hours. If you haven't seen what Pho noodles look like, it is linguine like, only it comes in white color and softer.
Bun Bo Hue - IDR 76k
NOW THIS IS IT! The recipe that has been alive for more than 4 decades, that one very food that could nurture the founder's 9 kids and is now the best selling menu here in Monviet! It's the Bun Bo Hue! The main powers of the Bun Bo Hue are on the very rich and tasty soup (14 hours of boiling and including the flavor & aroma from ingredients like Ngo Gai (Thorny coriander) and Rau Ram (Vietnam coriander), and the fresh high quality beef brisket cooked perfectly to a beautiful level of tenderness, while you can change the noodle as you desire, the default serving was the rice vermicelli. It's one of my most favorite menus here in Monviet, and if you're a virgin to Monviet, this is what you should order. Don't forget to add in their homemade chili, since I am into spicy food, I think it really elevates the flavor to another level. It's my go-to food when it's raining and a bit cold outside (well I'm lying because I can have this anytime that I want FU), but seriously it's so good I running out of words to actually emphasize it enough!
Claypot rice with honey soya sauced cha siu as toppings. The chicken slices were pretty tender and they carry this beautiful flavor, the mix of savory, salty and sweet like chasiu typical flavor.
Now this has got to be my favorite menu from the rice dishes! It's pretty spicy but it's generously and richly seasoned that I wouldn't mind having just the rice and the red chili sauce dressing! It's a MUST TRY!!!
Secret menu...ssh! Only I know!
Gosh typing this post right now is a bloody pain in the ass! I am really hungry right now.
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Monviet at FX Sudirman
FX Sudirman Basement lvl
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Pintu Satu Senayan
Senayan, Jakarta Selatan 10270
Opening hours: 10 AM-10 PM
Average spending for two: IDR 300k
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