Vietnamese Food

Vietnamese Food

Featuring Mrs Pho (VivoCity), Cô Hai Bánh Mì, MỘC Cottage, Cô Chung (Plaza Singapura), Viet MaMa, Nam Nam Noodle Bar (Wheelock Place)
Wilson Foo
Wilson Foo

Authentic Vietnamese Food and authentic Vietnamese coffee. Only complaint is the pho did not come with a wedge of lime. Otherwise this place really brought me back to Ho Chi Minh City.

I’ll be back to try the other specialty items on their menu.

This Vietnamese restaurant along Beach Road is run by Vietnamese. Don’t get your hope high though.

We arrived at 12.30pm and although the place was not packed solid, there were a lot of tables with leftover utensils and cutleries from previous diners. Throughout the lunch, I get a sense that cleaning up the tables after patrons leave is not regulated, it’s more of an ad hoc thing.

We ordered Pho Tai (Sliced Beef Noodle Soup $10), Com Tam (Broken Rice with Grilled Pork Chop, sunny side up egg and egg meatloaf $12) and two glasses of Ice Coffee with Condensed Milk $4/glass.

The pho was such a disappointment. I have never had pho served to me, whether in Singapore or Vietnam or anywhere in the world without the ubiquitous wedge of green lemon and basil leaves. This is a first. Naturally, the taste of the pho was under par compared with even food court Vietnamese outlets. Beef was also over cooked and the soup a little cold. Later I realised that food is cooked in the kitchen downstairs and brought up. If the boys are busy with making your drinks or taking orders, your tray of food is left on the service counter. Perhaps this is the reason for over cooked beef and less than piping hot soup.

Com Tam is your quintessential dish in Vietnam. The most important ingredient is broken rice. This they got right as the grains are evidently shorter and broken. But the grilled pork was so dry and chewy, it was almost like a jerky. Sunny side up egg was not runny, it was well done. The saving grace was the egg meatloaf. It was soft and juicy from the minced meat.

Coffee was good. They got this one right. Tasted like those you get in Vietnam

The place is quite pleasant looking, especially the back room which is Instagramable. So if you are there to take nice pictures, by all means. If you looking for authentic Vietnamese food, please dial down your expectations.

For me, I won’t be coming back any time soon.

Nothing beats eating a bowl of spicy Hue noodles in Vietnam but this one comes very close. The portion is generous and the amount of sliced beef, tendon, beef balls and boiled slice beef will definitely suffice. No need to order extra portions.

Speaking of ordering extras, the online ordering system is a bit tricky to navigate when asked to customise your order. Just choose regular, pay with credit card and wait for your order number to appear.

Ask for extra lime to give the noodles extra tanginess. For those who like their noodles spicy, add cut red chillies.

Until I can go back to Vietnam again, this will have to do.

Heard about this new Vietnamese restaurant along MacPherson Road and decided to give it a try. The decor is very Spartan, just a few knocks and knacks to remind you this is a Vietnamese restaurant.

But the food is authentic. We ordered Com Tam or Broken Rice with Egg Omelette and grilled pork, Banh Xeo and Banh Cuon. And yes, it’s real broken rice used in the Com Tam but it tasted normal. Nothing to scream about but just normal.

The real surprise was the Banh Xeo. It had crispy edges around the pancake and the fillings were bean sprouts, prawns and pork. Add the pickles they provide, dip it into the sauce and the taste is out of the world.

The Banh Cuon reminds me of breakfast along the road side in Ho Chi Minh City. Very legit.

Be warned that food takes a while to be served, even though we were the first customers for the evening. Owner was very polite and apologised saying we order Banh Xeo and Banh Cuon which are freshly made when ordered.

We used Burpple One for One and got a $9 saving. So yes, I will be coming back to try their other authentic Vietnamese dishes although not everything is available for Burpple Rewards.

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Authentic Vietnamese food. We ordered Com Tam (broken rice), Bun Rieu (Crab Pate and Vermicilli) and Banh Beo. The Com Tam here really uses broken rice. The grilled pork is also juicy and tender. The Bun Rieu has a crab taste in the soup. If anything, the Banh Beo was a let down as the rice cakes were a bit chewy, not soft like the Chwee Kueh type.

I’ll be back to try their Bun Cha Hanoi and Hur Spicy Beef Pho.

Ordered Banh Xeo, Banh Beo, Banh Uot Cuon (Chee Cheong Fun), Com Tam and Pho. Very authentic. The Banh Xeo was very outstanding, better than those I’ve had in Vietnam. The Namh Beo had an interesting flavour from the crab roe. Com Tam came with normal rice instead of broken rice like those in Vietnam and the grilled pork was too tough. Pho was also unexciting. The Banh Uot Cuon was a toss up, if they had better Chee Cheong Fun, it could have been a winner.

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