Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Co Do, Midvalley Megamall

After coming across EatInOut's post on Little Vietnam, I decided to blog on Co Do where my friends and I normally have our lunches during our weekend gatherings. I had only noticed Co Do about 5 months back when my friend brought me there for dinner. It's situated above Little Vietnam (entrance to Co Do is at the side of it) on the cinema floor. One can actually miss it with all the traffic there on weekends! Apparently both are operated by the same owner - with a slightly different menu at each place.

I immediately took a liking to the cozy place when I first visited it. Co Do has a nice ambiance; it's the kind of place where you can dine with friends and have a long chat as it's not crowded. My other group of friends whom I caught up with twice chose to eat here as they like the place. Food wise, it's quite good - Vietnamese Dim Sum (have not really tried the whole range) is available along with the usual and typical Vietnamese noodles and rice.


With that and the other factors - ambiance, reasonable prices and pretty good service, this has become one of my fave places for dining and catching up with friends. We have had a 4 hour lunch here before!
We usually order the set meal for 2 (about RM35++ and includes 2 glasses of ice lemon tea) as it allows us to have a bit of everything. There are many pics in this post, so, the photos will be slightly smaller than usual :o). The Vietnamese Dim Sum/snacks are very tiny. Please bear in mind, these were served in a sauce plate (since food appear larger than normal in my posts!). The main meals were quite large portions though. The following pics are from one of the set.
The spring roll was tiny-it disappeared before I could even taste it! Ha ha ha....
The Lotus Root Fish Cake was not too bad with the usual fish sauce, vinegar and chilli dip.
I love this Dragon Fruit Salad; topped with nuts and with mild vinegarish clear dressing, it was refreshing.
Beef Ball Hu Tieu (chewy translucent noodles) - The noodles soaked up the soup pretty quick (also due to the fact that I took photos of it!), but they offered to refill the soup for us without us asking. Best of all, they served all noodles with a wonderful plate of chilli padi pulp in soy sauce!
Tomato Fried Rice - This plain looking fried rice turned out to be pretty tasty though I couldn't really taste any tomato.

After that round, we tried a different set for variety when we met up again in Midvalley about a month later. We couldn't think of a better place to eat and chat since we found Co Do!
Grilled Eggplant Skewers - Not really a fan of eggplant, so can't comment.
Steamed wrapped roll - minced chicken and mook yee (wood ear black fungus) topped with fried shallots. The filling was nice but the roll was cold. Maybe it was served warm but by the time I finish taking photos and in between our conversation, it went cold on us. Ha ha ha...
Golden Lychee Chicken Ball - This was good, not the usual chicken ball texture; something different. Wished it was bigger though ;o)
Spicy Beef Slice Hu Tieu - the soup was very tasty and spicy indeed. Great for those who like spicy food. The beef slices were tender too.

This set came with spring onion fried rice which was rather bland. There's another dish that we ordered. The Lemongrass Beef (which was nicely done) was served on a bed of shredded vegetables along with two small cups; one with two halves of a spring roll (see what I mean by tiny?)and the other; Chao Tom (Shrimp on Sugar Cane) which was just okay as it lacked spices and didn't have much taste to it. I couldn't really remember, but I think this set came with an option of rice or plain soup noodles.
Despite some shortfalls; we don't mind going back again as when we add up all the other plus points - Co Do still gets our vote of approval as we feel comfortable dining here.

"Food is not about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable."
Ina Garten - The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

26 comments:

jason said...

Wow, everything looked so deliciously seductive! Must pay them a visit when I'm there :D

tekko said...

so I no need to think where to eat next time to Mid Valley, it's definitely Co Do.

boo_licious said...

Looks good, is it pricy?

wmw said...

Jason : Deliciously seductive...ha ha....Yeah, add this to your long list of places to eat at.

tekko : Try it out, and see which one you prefer Little Vietnam or Co Do.

boo : Pricey? Mmm...A set meal for two cost less than RM40 (with 2 ice lemon tea). I would think it's cheaper than Vietnam Kitchen and it's got nicer ambiance!

Precious Pea said...

The set meal really value for money, next time no need crack head of what to eat in Mid Valley oledi. Any idea if they could replace hu tieu with normal hor fun? Little Vietnam swapped it for me last time when i requested. Set meal available weekend?

Rasa Malaysia said...

Do they have my Vietnamese Cha Tom (shrimp patties) thingy or not? ;)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I can relate to your cold food remark. ;-)

wmw said...

Precious Pea:Don't know woh, cos never ask before as we like the hu tieu. Yes, set meal is available on weekends.

Rasa Malaysia: The Cha Tom as per your blog, not sure. But the Cha Tom on the sugar cane, yes...but it was bland.

lyrical lemongrass : Hee hee...it's something I've gotten used to. Have you? (and your friends too?!)

Tummythoz said...

Good review. Been eyeing this place but not tried. Somehow it being upstairs gives me d impression it's exclusive so, expensive.

Kenny Mah said...

I can't remember if the last time I was there if it was Little Vietnam or Co Do, but I remember liking their spring rolls muchly. :)

Was just thinking of giving up Midvalley with their horrible parking and now increased parking fees, but I think you just made me change my mind. ;)

wonda said...

Would love to try the Viet. dim sum. Which is better? HongKong dim sum or Vietnamese?

wmw said...

tummythoz : Thanks....that's what I thought too initially, but it's reasonable.

kenny : Go on weekdays or go in the morning on weekends...The spring rolls so tiny! I couldn't really taste it! ha ha ha...

wonda : I didn't really try a lot of the dim sum fare here but what they serve is quite similar to chinese dim sum. But the dim sum at this place is definitely very dainty! :o)

Keropok Man said...

ooo.... the dragon fruit salad somehow appeals to me the most :-p

makes me want to go buy some and eat now...

team BSG said...

haha these pixs seem 2 b badder( excuse da wrong spelling) than those u took in Makansutra. ..so v suggest from Makansutra to here therafter round 2 !

....jackson & de rest say aye aye !(imagination running wild )

Kok said...

wmw,
You always have some food for me to drool over. I have noticed two really special dish in this post. One is the Golden Lychee Chicken Ball and one is Dragon Fruit Salad. Both attract me. But, is it very expensive to have those food? Hmmm...

wmw said...

Keropok Man : Yes, I find it good. That's why that pic is bigger than the rest! ;o)

team bsg : Better cos lighting is better and smaller table, can move the food around. Ha ha ha....

kok : Not that expensive. Both are from the different sets (meals for two under RM40 with two drinks thrown in) Think it's reasonable, eating in a nice cozy place.

teckiee said...

wahhh mmg looks cozy...and the food looks too!

Xiu Long Bao said...

haha...u r so funny la, the spring rolls disappeared b4 u cld taste it?

lyn said...

like going there too, tried it after you told me about the dragon fruit salad, been back a few times. my girls and i were quite full after sharing 2 sets betwen the 3 of us. good value for money i think and ambiance is great, enjoy chilling there for a while after some hectic shopping!

Kenny Mah said...

Ya, I've definitely been there --- I looked at the first couple of photos again, and recognised the interior. (First round got distracted by the food, heehee.)

And I agree with you, the service is pretty decent. Very attentive.

Melting Wok said...

wmw, aiyo, this is the 1st time I come in here with pages loaded at a decent no-waiting time hehe, thx !! Now, I can drool faster, less dehydration I hope :) btw, my problem still not solved :(

wmw said...

Teckiee:As cozy as A-Hut??? LOL!

xiu long bao : Yes, I would have been a famous stand-up comedian if it was not for the fact that I have stage-fright! Ha ha ha....

lyn : Glad you like the place too!

Kenny: You must go to many such places to have forgotten Co Do...party animal eh?;o)

melting wok : Yah, have to tweaked the settings to improve performance. Lots of things learnt and still a lot to learn!

Kok said...

wmw,
RM40 for two ah? Then, still not too bad lah. Yea, like you said, the cozy environment deserves the money you spent. :)

wmw said...

Yeah, bring your future gf here next time! ;o)

Honey Star said...

ooooo look nice. I always pass by this place but never really tot of trying it. Is it halal?

wmw said...

honey star : I think it's pork free, don't recall seeing pork on the menu.