Sao Nam – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sao Name Front DoorSao Nam may have been the highlight of my trip to Malaysia. It is simply the best Vietnamese food I have ever had (and I’ve been to Vietnam).

It is in the Bukit Bintang neighborhood (full of expats, bars and restaurants) near where I was staying. I went there about 5 times in the two weeks I was there since it was so good, relatively healthy and seeming safe (unlike much of the food around that seems pretty questionable). Their presentation was impeccable (see pictures) and the food tasted amazing. They did have one issue, that by 9pm they were usually out of about half or more of their dishes. You may want to get there early in the evening if you have a specific dish in mind.

My experience with the dishes:

goi cuon (fresh prawn spring roll) – Great (see picture)

beef la lot (miced beef appetizer) – Great (see picture) and I don’t usually like Asian beef – tons of flavor

bun thit noung (grilled lemongrass chicken salad) – Very Good ~RM20

banh xeo (vietnamese crispy pancake) – Great folded pancake with tons of ingredients RM28-32

chicken curry – Pretty Good, comes in a clay pot, order rice seperately

bun thit noung (grilled lemongrass beef salad) – Great, beef was crispy and very flavorful ~RM20

Meat App

Fresh Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Pancake

Sao Nam

25 Tengkat Tong Shin

Bukit Bintang

50200 Kuala Lumpur


+60 3-2144 1225

Lunch: 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Dinner: 7.30pm to 10.30pm (though expect them to be out most things you would want by 10pm)

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