Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Working in KL is a whole new ballgame. You're confined to eating lunch at locations nearby because it's mighty impractical to drive out for lunch. First of all you'll have problems with finding parking. Secondly, parking costs will kill you. Unfortunately if you're working near the KLCC area your choices for affordable food isn't all that great.
This post isn't about affordable food. Far from it. Shortly after I joined there happened to be an outgoing colleague. I hardly knew her but I still tagged along to her farewell lunch. It was held at Bong Sen. A Vietnamese restaurant located on the top floor of the KLCC mall. Right next to Chakri.
Being a "set" kind of guy I ordered their set lunch. Basically they allow you to combine an appetizer, a main course and a drink and charge you a set price for it. It was about RM30. I can't remember the specific figure. Frankly speaking I was quite hesitant to spend 30 bucks on lunch but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and hope you didn't pay so much for a lousy lunch.
Vietnamese Prawn Rolls. A decent start to my meal. I started thinking maybe I would get my RM30's worth after all.
Cham. A soda plus (was it?) lime drink. They serve this with a small pot of syrup (sugar water) because the drink is quite tasteless. Thought it was interesting when I looked at the menu. I was dead wrong. If you're ever here don't ever order this. I poured half a pot of syrup into the drink and it still didn't taste good. I didn't bother adding more because I was afraid of drinking so much sugar :)
Pho. The famous Vietnamese Beef Noodles. I order this at every Vietnamese place I go to. Some are good and some are bad. Bong Sen's noodles belonged in the latter category. A colleague of mine described this dish best. She said it was more like the local Beef noodles with Kuey Teow. I couldn't agree with her more.
It's obvious to me why Bong Sen is consistently the least crowded lunch time establishment in KLCC. Do I really need to spell it out?