Vietnamese

Vietnamese

Featuring Amoy Street Food Centre, Mrs Pho (VivoCity), Red Sparrow, Moc Quan (UE Square), Fat Saigon Boy (Science Park), Cô Hai Bánh Mì, Uncle Ho Tuckshop (Pasir Panjang), Banh Mi Thit (Geylang), Cô Chung (Plaza Singapura), Cô Chung (Boat Quay)
aggs & xi :D
aggs & xi :D

Fat Saigon Boy is truly a warm comforting place with good Vietnamese food!! I always can’t decide between the baguette and pho 🥰 baguette is SUPER crispy all the time coupled with juicy generous portion of nicely charred grilled pork! Also love the chicken pho - umami soup based with smooth chewy kuay teow noodles and the chicken is ALSO grilled and has the wok hey to it!!! Love the sides too - pulled pork nachos 😍 coffee abit sweet for me - never gotten it again since that one time

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I have a soft spot for uncle ho’s buncha, it’s the first buncha I had! The broth is tangy and satisfying, it’s not as sour as co hai’s broth so it’s more palatable. They give many pork belly slices and 3 large well-seasoned & grilled meatballs, fresh veg and raw beansprouts plus rice noodles. A good lunch or dinner option!

The grilled chicken dry noodle was tasty too! The grilled chicken was tender, and there were fresh greens, pickled carrot, roasted peanuts & shallots. Much better than similar dry noodle dishes at Vietnamese chain stores (so pho, pho street), those really can’t compare!

Ahhh so sad I’ve heard so much about banh mi thit and many people say it’s the BEST but I didn’t feel so :-( The baguette was crunchy yes, but it was crunchy throughout?? So it was quite dry and hard. I prefer baguette that is crunchy outside but soft and fluffy inside. For the pork banh mi, the pate was the nicest, ham & pickled veg were decent but not memorable. Errr the shredded chicken was not our thing so we wouldn’t recommend it. While the banh mis were not terrible, I honestly thought it was one of the least enjoyable ones I’ve had in SG ☹️ Also the Vietnamese coffee wasn’t nice, the milk had a strange smell.

Genuinely confused bc this is so highly raved but it was below average to us. But we’ll give it a second try in case it was an off-day for them :p

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Bun cha was pretty satisfying! Rice noodles were the standard sort. The dipping sauce came piping hot in a ceramic bowl, it looked small but it was packed with grilled pork slices (~10 I think? that’s a lot) and 2 meatballs, plus the usual thin slices of carrot and green papaya. The sauce was very umami, sweet and sour and slightly spicy. Grilled pork slices were grilled very nicely, the caramelised flavour was pretty enjoyable. But the lean parts could have been more tender, it’s not dry/tough yet but on its way. Meatballs were not bad, rather hearty and slightly peppery. This came with raw beansprouts, basil, lettuce, and spring onions. I liked the dish and I would come back for this!

Banh xeo was okay - there’s a mix of crisp and tender parts, but the pancake mix had a very strong margarine taste that I’m not a fan of :/ In the filling there’s prawns (nicely prepped!), pork belly (it’s just blanched not grilled, so it’s a little meh and very fatty so I didn’t eat much), sliced onions (briefly cooked so it’s not very soft, has a crunch but not raw), and the most interesting - mung beans. I don’t rmb other banh xeos that I try having mung beans, which gave it a different flavour and texture (a mash of sorts). Serving size is pretty huge, comes with lots of veg, basil, and pickled carrot / radish.

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The portion was HUGE - they gave quite a lot of noodles, not sure if it’s the usual portion or because my container threw off the portioning :p The noodle is the typical dry vermicelli that u get at Vietnamese establishments in SG, its soft but not soggy, q standard. Sauce was ok, could be more tangy. Spring roll was retrieved from a packet in the freezer, deep fried upon order. Q crispy and there’s a shrimp in there, but I’ve had better. Pork chop is soft and thin but not juicy and tender the way grilled pork is in other Bún thịt nướngs I’ve tried. They give lots of fresh veg - there’s cucumbers, lettuce, basil, and beansprouts, plus some peanut topping. Thought this bowl could do with a little bit of spice, some mild heat would make it nicer. It’s a passable bowl of dry vermicelli, comparable to pho street / other Vietnamese chain stores, but standards definitely differ from better Vietnamese establishments like moc quan / red sparrow / uncle ho’s / mrs pho.

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The baguettes were very crunchy & crusty, and soft inside. I liked it and thought it was not bad, but I enjoyed the baguette from moc quan / co hai better. The bbq pork was quite good, it was nicely caramelised and sufficiently tender, the marinade reminded me of honey glazed chicken wings. The pickled veg was nice - it wasn’t raw but somewhat soft with a slight crunch, added a little bit of sourness to the banh mi.

Liked that they didn’t put too much margarine bc I’m not a big fan, it has a strange smell. There was a slight hint at the start but luckily it was covered by the other flavours as we had more of the banhmi.

Grilled fish is a catfish lol we had expected maybe like a grilled fillet. However, it’s actually more like fishcake... but with the texture of a mock meat almost. Was not great but it’s still edible, I wouldn’t call it bad just really won’t recommend it.

Also, the burpple deal is only for the egg pate & shredded chicken banh mi so we couldn’t use the deal for our order! It’s not stated in the exclusions so just take note if u wanna check this place out. Overall the banh mi left a decent impression, I wouldn’t mind returning but it’s not the best!

The baguette was quite decent, think it would have been nicer if I had it crisp and freshly toasted. Grilled pork was quite sweet, a bit fatty. The veg and cilantro gave it some crunch and freshness. Overall it wasn’t bad by any means, just not impressive but it’s decent enough for me to want to try it again, doing a dine-in next time!

The noodles were the thin vermicelli kinds, which I really like! The dish was refreshing, with the light savoury sauce and generous serving of carrots, cucumber and lettuce. The spring roll was quite good - it remained crisp throughout the meal and had a well-seasoned filling (meat and mushrooms I think).

Grilled chicken wasn’t dry, but I wouldn’t reorder the banh mi as the bread wasn’t crisp enough.

Viet coffee was very strong and gao, pretty good! Would consider returning to try their pho. This place seems pretty authentic :)

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SUPER huge portion my tummy was bursting ogosh - i really enjoyed the charred chicken in the chick pho and the soup was flavourful (no msg after taste) but the pho became “nua” after 5-10 mins of eating, could be slightly overcooked :-( the side was good too!! Slightly too much vermicelli inside but I enjoyed the pork and prawn wrapped inside

I’m happy to say that they serve good banh mi! The baguette was really fresh and delicious (we saw them coming out from the oven). It was nice and crusty, with a fluffy interior. The crisp tofu was silky inside and great as well, but the bread definitely stole the show!

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The second banh xeo I’ve ever tried, but this was lacking compared to Red Sparrow’s rendition of banh xeo. This came with shrimp, pork belly, bamboo shoot, bean sprout and green beans which were decently cooked, but the crepe batter was missing something, resulting in an underwhelming dish.

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First time having banh xeo (rice flour crepe) and it was good! Have tried a few more from other Vietnamese restaurants since then, but this is still the best so far.

It is like a cross between thosai and minjiangkueh; fluffy and soft on the inside with crisp edges, pairing well with the fried cabbage, onion, beansprouts and mushroom filling which was very tasty. Best eaten when hot :)

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