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CLOSED - Newly opened: Viet Kitchen, by Chôm Chôm's Peter Cuong Franklin

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 April, 2015, 10:41pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 3:22pm

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When Peter Cuong Franklin opened Chôm Chôm he talked about opening a pho eatery to continue his philosophy of using quality ingredients. Now it’s reality with Viet Kitchen (tel: 2806 2068) in Central’s Nexxus Building.

Value for money is the order of the day with fresh noodles, Vietnamese coffee beans and freshly pressed sugar cane juice on the menu.

The restaurant is still sorting out some kinks. And while the caramel chicken wings (HK$78) were overfried they had a slight sweetness that went well with the pickled radish. Soft-shell crab rice paper rolls (HK$88) were refreshing and light, but we would have liked a bigger portion.

Diners can choose from four types of pho – beef, chicken (above), roast duck or spicy pork – for HK$88.

We loved the aromatics in the chicken version that included lime leaves, mint and spring onions, the beef with onion and basil, the spiciness of the roast pork, but the rich roast duck threatens to overpower the noodles.

For dessert, the basil and mint flavour (HK$58) in the ice cream is subtle, while the Vietnamese coffee flavour (HK$58) is not too sweet.

Elsewhere, Hello Kitty fans are lining up to try the new Chinese restaurant in Jordan (tel: 8202 8203), featuring prawn dumplings, steamed buns and fried rice shaped and decorated like the famous feline.

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