Sao Nam

Malaysia Tatler Best Restaurants - - Vietnamese -

WHY GO

Sao Nam has been prac­tis­ing the same dishes for long enough to get them ex­actly right. Thank­fully, it has also re­tained its raff­ish charm and af­ford­able prices over the years.

TATLER TIPS

Viet­namese still isn’t quite the rage in Malaysia al­though it has con­quered much of the Western world. Per­haps the tastes are too sub­tle for an au­di­ence in­ured to chilli padi and belachan.

The sig­na­ture dishes never re­ally change, and why should they, when they rep­re­sent the full taste spec­trum of the genre? The peren­nial man­gos­teen salad is a de­light­ful med­ley of flavours with the chal­lenge of hav­ing to get it in the right sea­son. A more fra­grant dish such as the pho tan­ta­lises with its spices and ten­der beef, while the duck with or­ange sauce is as fran­cophile as one is go­ing to get. Desserts, too, have a French touch. Where else can one get a crème caramel th­ese days?

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