5 Lorong Telok
Singapore 049018

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11:30am - 10:30pm

11:30am - 10:30pm

11:30am - 10:30pm

11:30am - 10:30pm

11:30am - 10:30pm


11:30am - 10:30pm

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Located right at the junction of circular road is @cochungvietnameserestaurant , which is quite the “hotspot” during lunch, both literally and physically given how it’s packed with office workers and contributing to the blistering heat and heartless humidity. They do have air conditioned seats but they’re limited and usually allocated to those who have made a reservation to which I was clearly not one of them.

Taking a look at the menu, you’d find that all the classics are there and priced affordably. Decided to go with Phở Bò (Pho Beef Soup) and though I haven’t had much good phos before, I thought this was everything it should be! My pho arrived in a huge bowl, where the slippery rice noodles laid at the bottom in a tangled mess and was topped with a handful of vegetation at the top, ie coriander, spring onions, beansprouts. The thinly sliced, raw, beef ribeye laid beautifully in the bowl, adding a nice shade of red to the overall aesthetics. Served in a metal pot on the side is the beef broth which is made with their family recipe and secret ingredients combine with slow-cooked beef bone for at least 10 hours. This steaming stock spots rich savoury depths in which you could really tastes the essence from the long simmering hours and will have you chasing the last few droplets around the bowl with a spoon. When pouring the broth into the bowl, the heat of it does help to slightly scald the ribeye, deeming it more cooked and safer for consumption.

It is a dish to which I would return time and again for comfort more than anything else but next time, I’ll make a reservation at the air conditioned areas sheesh 🥵

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Stepping in to Co Chung is like a trip back to Hoi An in Vietnam. Famed for the many lanterns that adorn the ancient city. And that’s precisely why this restaurant has been a highlight of the week for Nibbler. You begin to realize dining at such restaurants are reminiscences of all your past travels and all the awesome Vietnamese food Gobbler and Nibbler had back then.

Nibbler actually went back to Co Chung twice in a week after the first visit with C (thanks missy for your reco). You can be rest assured these are all authentic Vietnamese food and very affordable as well. (PS: The staffs are also Vietnamese, has to be authentic enough.)

The super thin vermicelli with grilled pork has to be my favourite dish 🤤 (for now and until I am done exploring the entire menu). They have sprinkled bits of peanuts and crushed prawn onto the vermicelli and it tasted flavorful. I am quite a fan of fish sauce so dipping the soft vermicelli and pork with the sauce gives it an additional umami.

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.

The 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐟 𝐏𝐡𝐨 (4.5 ⭐️; $10.50) had an umami laden broth with silky rice noodles and tender beef slices. The highlight was the broth - light but complex, with distinct notes of star anise.

Ultra crisp bread and well-balanced medley of flavours and textures. Would recommend!