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Walk­ing into Sao Nam is like step­ping into an eatery in Viet­nam; its am­bi­ence, dé­cor and food is as close as one could get to the real thing.

Sao Nam is per­fect for those seek­ing culi­nary au­then­tic­ity rather than ‘Malaysianised’ Viet­namese cui­sine. Fresh greens ac­com­pa­ny­ing many dishes are not merely as dec­o­ra­tion but rather as an in­te­gral com­po­nent.

Tasty ap­pe­tis­ers such as spring rolls (fresh or deep-fried) are clas­sic dishes de­pen­dent upon spe­cific sauces and three freshly im­ported herbs. The star­tling yel­low prawn and chicken also uses fresh herbs and slices of fresh star­fruit to of­fer a de­li­cious blend of con­trast­ing taste sen­sa­tions. Var­i­ous sal­ads are avail­able in­clud­ing the leg­endary but sea­sonal man­gos­teen and prawn salad as well as the young co­conut shoot salad. The beef cooked in bam­boo and flamed at the ta­ble is not only one of the most pop­u­lar dishes, but one of the most visu­ally im­pres­sive and tasti­est.

Desserts in­clude ba­nanas cooked or frozen in sev­eral ways and a very smooth and creamy crème caramel. Even an un­com­pli­cated dish of co­conut ice cream makes a fit­ting sweet end to the ex­cel­lent meal.

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