Simple Viet

Simple Viet

Vietnamese food is all about simple, plain tasting goodness. Here are some places where you can find delectable, fresh and flavourful Vietnamese fare!
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Guess I am currently at the point where I am starting to check off things that I had been wanting to try in the area for such a long time, yet never got a chance to do so since most of the eateries around the Downtown/Marina Bay neighbourhood only operates on weekdays — some also being only limited to lunch hours. Pho-losophy has been operating their outlet at Asia Square’s Food Garden since 2016 and does seem like one of the stalls that office workers do seem to queue up for (again, what are the chances of a stall not having a queue here); the menu comprising of Pho (i.e. Beef Noodle Soup), Bun (i.e. Vermicelli Salad) and Rice for those looking for a substantial eat for lunch.

The Phos here are pretty popular amongst the folks who have queued up for their food but opted for the Bun Cha instead since it was more of my thing as compared to Pho, and also partially due to my laziness having to deal with hot soup whilst having to mind the limited lunch hours especially given the crowd in the Central Business District these days. Whilst there are other meat options such as pork belly, lemongrass-marinated beef and five-spiced chargrilled chicken available, I went with the Sugarcane Prawn Bun which sounds more unique to their menu. Coming with the usual suspects that are normally included in the Vietnamese dish, expect elements such as rice vermicelli, sliced cucumber, pickled vegetables, chopped peanuts and even a Vietnamese spring roll to accompany the sugarcane prawns here. It also comes with the usual dip that Bun Cha comes with — the fish sauce with chopped chili that one is supposed to dip the vermicelli in. Overall, found this to be a pretty clean eat — no doubt there are fried items around, but I really liked how this came with all the vegetables that provided a good crunch; all that while the springy vermicelli laces up all the savoury fish sauce with a slight kick of spiciness from the chopped chili. The sugarcane prawns did feel like they come with quite a good amount of pork paste and quite lack that bite or sweetness from the prawns, but I really enjoyed how incredibly bouncy they were — all that with the fried Vietnamese spring roll being all crisp without feeling anywhere too greasy.

Felt that the Sugarcane Prawn Bun is a pretty decent eat overall — a great alternative to salad if one really detests having a bowl of greens since this feels more of a lighter (and cleaner) eat for me. No doubt it is a little bit more pricier at $12 — that being said, there don’t seem to be a lot of particularly affordable options around the area so it is just slightly above from the average lunch. I guess I would likely go for the Rare Australian Angus Beef Slices Pho from the Pho section of the menu or the Com Tam from the Rice section of the menu next — a stall which I am likely to make it as a lunch option as long as the queues aren’t too mad.

Woodlands is that sort of space where F&B choices can be said to be a little limited — no doubt there are quite a good number of basic options that involve local or more commercialised fare, but there aren’t many options when it comes to anything past that. Was pretty excited to hear about the existence of Miss Banh Mi at Woodlands North Plaza (or 883, as most in the neighbourhood would call it) — the establishment being just a takeaway stand located just beside New Odense Bakery within the neighbourhood mall. Being more of a simple kiosk, Miss Banh Mi does offer a few variations of the Vietnamese baguette, as well as some Vietnamese Bee Hoon dishes alongside spring rolls as well.

It wasn’t difficult to make a choice from the various Banh Mi that they offer here — settling with the BBQ Pork Banh Mi, the ladies behind the counter toasts the baguette and assembles the Banh Mi upon order. Thought the baguette itself is fairly decent here — there isn’t much to shout about but we did like the crispness to it, though it doesn’t have that underlying bite that gives a little more dimension texturally like those that I have tried from joints that actually do make their own Banh Mi baguettes. For our order, the baguette comes lined with chunks of BBQ Pork within, whilst also coming with pickled vegetables and coriander; the baguette is also spread with a mix of meat pâté and butter for a savoury note. Always enjoyed that combination of the meat pâté with crunchy pickled vegetables that is tangy and refreshing as it cuts across that sweet-ish BBQ Pork here — while the chunks of BBQ Pork can be said as fibrous, we found it interesting how the flavours here seemingly resembled that of Taiwan mini sausages; not what we have initially expected but also a flavour profile which we didn’t quite mind.

To be fair, Miss Banh Mi isn’t the spot that warrants the rush to go down for some spectacular tasting Banh Mi — it doesn’t offer an experience that is out of the world (at least the item we tried didn’t), but it does resolve cravings at the very least; and that is perhaps what it is all about.

Being located in the premises of Nam San Mackerel Otah, Joo Chiat Càphê is a stall at 263 Joo Chiat Road that serves up the Vietnamese Banh Mi and Otah — the establishment is actually Muslim-friendly, with the items being offered only featuring beef, chicken, fish and mushroom. The stall is simply decked out, and there are a few tables around for those who intend to dine-in; the dine-in area being set in the middle and towards the left of the entire shop space, and is pretty much surrounded by the counter where orders are taken and where beverages are prepared. For those who may not be into Vietnamese cuisine, Joo Chiat Càphê does serve up a Traditional Kuning Fish Nasi Lemak, as well as Otah and Otah Toast where some has mentioned that the Otah is made using the same recipe as that of Nam San Mackerel Otah as well.

We reached Joo Chiat Càphê for a late lunch; they were already sold out of the Mackerel Otah with Homemade Vietnamese Mayonnaise Banh Mi by the time we had arrived. The lady at the counter recommended us to have either the honey-glazed grilled chicken thigh with homemade chicken pate Banh Mi or the Grilled Lemongrass Beef Patty with Hoisin Sauce Banh Mi; we picked the latter. Featuring elements such as a freshly-baked Vietnamese baguette, pickled salad, cucumber, lettuce, coriander, chili (optional), grilled lemongrass beef with hoisin sauce, Vietnamese mayonnaise and homemade chicken pate, we found the Banh Mi here to be rather delicious. Whilst being one of the pricier item here (this costs $6.50; the priciest items Banh Mi costs $7.00), this one is packed generously with meat and is actually pretty filling. While the party is shaped more like meatballs in the photo, it comes as an entire slab of meat when served — the patty is a good mix of lean and fatty parts that come with some chew, but doesn’t take much of an effort to bite through. There is a subtle hint of lemongrass that can be detected in the meat from the marination process; was also pretty amazed how the meat wasn’t particularly gamey. The pickled vegetables provided a crunch and a tang, while the coriander did cut through much of the meatiness and savoury notes here; the chicken pate spread on the baguette giving a buttery-esque feel with its slight saltishness. While the sauces did make the Banh Mi a tad messy to eat with juices and sauces dripping from the end when we were about to finish the baguette, we liked how the sauces didn’t attempt to overwhelm the entire item in terms of flavour. We also liked how the baguette is served warm and toasted upon order; crisp on the exterior as it lightly shatters when one chews on it, yet carrying a good bite as well.

Overheard the conversation between the owners and some patrons during my visit and must say that the folks here seemed to be passionate on what they serve — they were also pretty concerned on whether I felt that their Vietnamese Coffee was a wee too thick for my liking; constantly checking if I was ok with it (I like my Vietnamese coffee bold; akin to a chocolate-y concoction — they nailed it without it being too sweet). With such emphasis on their food, Joo Chiat Càphê is pretty much off a good start; can’t really comment on how their Banh Mi would pitch against that of the widely-raved 233 Banh Mi just several units down, but Joo Chiat Càphê is certainly one spot I wouldn’t mind heading to get that Banh Mi and Vietnamese coffee craving fixed!

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Having tried the Vietnamese sizzling plates from Miss Bò Né at Ubi previously, it has probably led me to yet another realm of Vietnamese cuisine that I had yet to explore and have since developed cravings for — so much so that when I had chanced upon Viet King Quan at the Chang Cheng Mee Wah coffeeshop at Blk 201C Tampines Street 21 (also where another outpost of Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kway and King of Pao Fan are located; it is a short walk away from Tampines East MRT Station), I made sure I would make a return trip to the neighbourhood to settle for dinner there.

The Bò Bit Tét Thâp Câm here comes with elements such as sliced striploin, “Xiu Mai” (i.e. homemade meat ball), egg, pate and sausage — every order of the Bò Né also comes with a Vietnamese baguette; the same which is used in the Banh Mi. Essentially the full works, this is the item that one should go for if one is looking to dry the various items that they have in a sizzling hot plate. To be fair, I personally felt that the hot plate could be served hotter; there wasn’t much of a sizzle going on after the first few minutes (unlike the one at Miss Bò Né). That being said, I enjoyed the entire ordeal here; the runny fried eggs with a molten yolk, the butteriness of the sauce that was puddling around the savoury pate, the chunky, yet tender and soft-to-the-bite Xiu Mai, and the sliced striploin that comes swimming in savoury brown sauce — I especially liked how the beef elements here are nothing gamey, whilst being served relatively hot with the hotplate maintaining that sort of comfortably warm temperature for the dish throughout the entire time. The Vietnamese baguette, which is sliced into three, is the perfect vehicle to all the sauces and juices on the hotplate; soaks up all that buttery, savoury goodness amidst the shattering crisp baguette that comes with a slight chew — smear on some of that pate for the extra oomph! And for those looking for a kick of spiciness to the dish; there is that saucer filled with Sriracha that you can always rely on.

Whilst I really enjoyed the Bò Bit Tét Thâp Câm here, I personally felt that there is something that fell short between the Bò Né here and the one I had from Miss Bò Né; perhaps the heavier flavours, or maybe it was how they seem to place a strong emphasis on serving the hotplate sizzling. But there again, perhaps first experiences of a dish of its class always bears a stronger impression in the mind. That being said, the Bò Bit Tét Thâp Câm is certainly the dish I would go for if I am looking to splurge a little on a trip to a coffeeshop; it’s price tag of $13.90 does make it lesser of a daily affair — though it does certainly make for an affordable and luxurious weekend brunch affair that is wallet-friendly as compared against to the same from specialty coffee joints around!

Opened to much fanfare, Eatbox was a spot that I was expecting to see crowds at for lunch when we made our visit on a weekday afternoon whilst being back in the office — the concept is a permanent feature by the same folks behind Artbox, which used to hold their annual events being a pop-up creative market every year. It takes over the former premises of the now-defunct Xin Tekka, and houses quite a number of new and familiar brands such as The Butcher Bar (serving up burgers and rosti), Flash Coffee (serving up specialty coffee), Okinawa Nigri (serving up Onigirirazu), and Toni Yakiniku (serving up Japanese Donburi) amongst others.

Had been wanting to try BLYS Baguette ever since i had went past their outlet near the Happy Hawkers coffeeshop at Jurong East Gateway — always one who is in for good Banh Mi anyway. Whilst the Special Great Banh Mi (Banh Mi Dac Biet) seems to be the one to go for that comes with four different types of meat (think Ham Pork, Char Siu, Pork Floss and Pate), I went for the Grilled Meat Roll Banh Mi which seems to come with chunks of ham pork amidst the other standard elements such as butter and pickled vegetables. What stood out about their Banh Mi was how aptly buttered it was — really liked that savoury flavour that accompanied the shattering crisp baguette that carried a chew. Felt that the Banh Mi here do get slightly softer as they cooled down though; especially given how this outlet at Eatbox is in an air-conditioned environment. That being said, the grilled meat roll seemingly comprises of chunks of ham pork; provides for a good bite whilst being suitable savoury without becoming overly saltish — also loved how the pickled vegetables did carry that tangy crunch that it’s supposed to have.

With quite the variety of options covering Japanese fare, Thai food, light bites and beverage options, Eatbox is one of those places that probably has something for everyone. That being said, do expect a smaller option of mains here — most of the stalls seemingly catering to smaller plates and desserts though there are sufficient options that makes one want to revisit Eatbox again. Looking forward to go for the burgers at The Butcher Bar next, not to mention how it does seem like a pretty convenient location for a more “hipster” lunch around the workplace if one is in the mood to splurge just a little.

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Found Banh Mi BiBi whilst scrolling around social media during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) whilst being at home — the coffeeshop stall is located at 375 Upper Aljunied Road within Lian Bee Restaurant/Mod Keaw Kitchen & Bar, which is a short walk away from MacPherson Mall.

Noticed that Banh Mi BiBi does have a commercial bakery-style oven and baguette racks within their stall that seemingly suggests that they may be making their very own Banh Mi baguettes in-house, but I was pretty impressed with their Sliced Beef Noodle Soup which was surprisingly tasty, given how this was seemingly the only pho item that exists in their menu. What makes their Sliced Beef Noodle Soup so enjoyable was the broth; it’s pretty clear with a clean finish, but amidst that lightness of the broth, it was nothing short of flavourful from the bones used in cooking the broth — all that without being thirst-inducing and was pretty refreshing and even carried a natural sweetness. Coming with beansprouts and onions, the condiments provided a crunch, while the rice noodles were nothing short of being soft and slurpy. The sliced beef included was also commendable; absolutely tender without much effort to chew — did not carry any unpleasant gaminess, not to mention how they were seemingly generous with the meat as well.

Vietnamese cuisine has always been all about simple, homey cooking to me — the Sliced Beef Noodle Soup from Banh Mi Bibi is nothing short of that; a pretty satisfying and hearty bowl that I would absolutely love to have again. For those who are not into Pho, the Banh Mi here is pretty worth trying; sufficiently buttery with quite a good portion of meat, not to mention how the one we had also comes with a quite a fair bit of chili padi that gives it a fiery kick — all between the shattering crisp baguette that comes with a fair bit of bite. A spot for commendable Vietnamese fare that is worth making a detour for.

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Haven’t had a good Vietnamese meal in quite a while — came across this new Vietnamese establishment named Viet Mama along MacPherson Road whilst en-route to Prodigal Cafe and made a mental note to return to give them a try.

Mention about Vietnamese cuisine and most people would tell you about Pho, but my favourite item to order in Vietnamese establishments leans towards the Bun Cha and Banh Mi — not forgetting my love for Banh Xeo and Bo Ne in more recent times. Wasn’t in the mood to order the Viet Sizzling Steak (i.e. Bo Bi Tet) so I went with the more usual Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Pork and Spring Roll (i.e. Bun Thit Nuong) instead. Glad to say that this was a decision I didn’t regret — there isn’t anything fancy with the Bun Thit Nuong here, which comes with rice vermicelli, pork chop, spring roll, cucumber, carrots and lettuce served with a saucer of fish sauce infused with chili, but the pork chop was the element that pretty much took everything in its stride; hadn’t have quite a juicy slab of pork chop for quite a while, let alone with that sort of caramelisation on the exterior whilst not carrying a porky stench within. The pork chop even comes with a light hint of lemongrass that gives it a hint of refreshing flavour amidst the sweet-savouriness; something which I would totally have on its own for how flavourful it was by itself — especially delicious. Felt that the spring roll added to the bowl here wasn’t quite the deal though — felt a little closer to the local ones here that come off commercial packs sold in supermarkets, though there is nothing else to fault for the rest of the bowl; that springy vermicelli that flavours up as it soaks the fish sauce infused with chili dip for a sweet-savoury note with a slight kick of spiciness when one dips the vermicelli in the dipping sauce, while the vegetables provide a crunch.

Apart from the Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Pork and Spring Roll, the Traditional Viet Baguette is also worth the mention; the bread crisp on the exterior with the insides carrying a bit of a tension for some chew, whilst being stuffed with meat pate, slices of pork and meat loaf within — that mix of textures along with the freshness of the greens, fish sauce infused with Chili and the buttered bread was a flavour bomb that was particularly satisfying. Can’t vouch for the authenticity of Viet Mama’s Vietnamese cuisine since I had not been to Vietnam before, but we certainly left with our stomachs full and our minds impressed — somewhere which we are most certainly looking forward to return to so as to try the other items which they have to offer!

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Chanced upon the existence of Miss Bò Né whilst scrolling around social media quite a while back, but I hadn’t got quite the time to make the trek to Ubi for it considering how this neighbourhood, though beside Ubi MRT Station, is somewhat out of the way from my itineraries most of the time.

Serving a mix of Western and Vietnamese cuisine, Miss Bò Né describes their cuisine as Western with a Vietnamese touch. With the stall being called Miss Bò Né, its needless to say that the item to order would be the Bò Né here; sliced beef served on a sizzling hot plate with chicken pâté, baguette and pickles — not an item unheard of with Vietnamese restaurants/establishments here, but still a relatively uncommon dish In Singapore. Every order is made on the spot; the items being served sizzling hot upon collection to ensure freshness and the desired quality.

Upon settling down at the table after collecting the item, the first thing that hits the senses is the buttery aroma of the mix of ingredients in the hot plate — the buttery sauce is a mix of beef juices from the sizzling beef slices, and butter; a incredibly sinful and savoury combination that is exceptionally addictive when one tears off the baguette to dip, and line it up with the slices of beef, chicken pâté and sunny side-up. The baguette isn’t quite up to authentic Banh Mi standards that some may wish for especially in terms of the chewiness of interior, but otherwise it has some crisp on the exterior, but is light, soft and fluffy — very similar to my ideal neighbourhood bakery baguette in a personal-sized portion. Liked how the chicken pâté here isn’t all that intimidating here — it’s been well seasoned with black pepper for a light hint of peppery spiciness that most should find pretty manageable, and the sliced beef came surprisingly juicy and tender without much of effort required to chew; also would have expected it to come wayyyy gamier but this was surprisingly close to having sliced pork which definitely works for most. Caramelised onions are added for a crunch, while the sunny side-up was the crowd pleaser with its runny egg yolk, but the addition of the pickles helps to add a refreshing crunch which gives a good break between the carbs and meatiness.

Wasn’t expecting much before making my visit to Miss Bò Né which also looks very much like a usual corner coffeeshop stall unit that is usually run by a zi char stall at other coffeeshops. I hadn’t tried the actual item in Vietnam or been to Vietnam even, so I wouldn’t attempt to comment on the authenticity of the Bò Né here — but boy, this was something that I was so glad I made the visit for because it was just my sort of thing; especially that clever use of butter in the hot plate with the juices of the beef, which is a combination that worked so brilliantly with the baguette and the chicken pâté. It’s a little far and out of the way for me so I reckon that I probably won’t be back as much as I would like to, but if I were to live just a bit closer or if it is in the way of wherever I am going, this would work as a satisfying weekend brunch in a coffeeshop without having to resort to unpredictable brunch fare at newly-opened cafes that have yet to figure out their operations.

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Have visited Signs A Taste of Vietnam Pho when they had first opened their doors at Midpoint Orchard. It’s been quite a while since they had moved out of their previous premises and took a hiatus from the F&B scene, but they are now back at a bigger space at basement two of Orchard Gateway just slightly away from the LiHo outlet within the same mall, and also offers a bigger menu that range from Pho, Noodle Salad, Curry Boneless Chicken, Stews to Banh Mi.

The Beef Feast Combo Pho is the “all-stars” combo for those who are looking to having their beef pho here — it features elements such as sliced beef ribeye, sliced beef shin and beef balls all swimming with rice noodles, beansprouts in the usual beef broth that is used for all the Beef Pho here. The broth here is somewhat on the lighter side that seems to focuses more on the herbs; mildly savoury but comes with a fairly clean finish without being too beefy or gamey, though may come across as a little bit bland for some. Otherwise, the beef slices were pretty tender and not particularly gamey, with the beef balls carrying quite a good bite — the rice noodles being slurpy and smooth and the entire bowl was actually quite easy to finish.

That being said, Signs A Taste of Vietnam Pho is that sort of place where it’s not just about the food — but the story behind the individuals. Opened by a couple whom have hearing disabilities, it’s amazing how they have the courage to open up an eatery where most of us may not have the bravery to just strike it out on our own to do business — not to mention the everyday challenges of running an eatery where communicating with their patrons is key, and having to understand the customers whom may not be so well-versed in sign languages. It is heartwarming to see how the establishment seems to be patronised by regulars whom have caught wind of their return, with the owners being so jovial and friendly and the customers ever so patient and understanding with them — a warm gesture and a sight so heartwarming especially when COVID-19 has got us socially distanced like never before. That is the reason why Signs A Taste of Vietnam Pho is a spot that is worth making the visit — an establishment full of meaning and sincerity and worthy of the support!

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Chanced upon the new Lily•s at KAP Mall; the establishment situated just at the corner of the building facing the main road. Serving up Modern French Vietnamese cuisine, the clean, minimalist space offers items such as Pho, Banh Mi and Noodles on the menu, some of which carrying an interesting fusion such as the Spicy Beef Tongue Mala Pho and the Chili Crab Banh Mi.

Opting for something more conventional, the Fish Sauce Pork Belly Banh Mi was a dish that was absolutely flavourful of a Banh Mi. The variant here comes with pork belly, braised with fish sauce and served with Sriracha Fish Sauce Mayonnaise on the side. Unlike the conventional Banh Mi out there, this version from Lily•s comes with diced pork belly rather than slabs or slices — a bit of a surprise for some, but carries a unique character of its own. While some folks may find the diced chunks of pork being a little dry and a little difficult to chew, it seems that they are very much trying to do something akin to candied pork here; that sort of pork belly chunks that comes with a slight chew and coated in a saltish-sweet glaze that is all sticky and dense — provides a punch of flavours against the greens and onions, while the toasted baguette comes all crisp on the exterior and chewy within with margarine spread for a slight umami note with everything going on within. Felt that there wasn’t much of a use for Srircha Fish Sauce Mayo when I was enjoying the baguette, though on hindsight it could have worked if one spreads it across the pork belly chunks — its mustard-esque hint of flavours would have cut through the meatiness of the baguette pretty well.

Given how Lily•s had branded itself as a French Vietnamese establishment, we found it hard to associate the French element with the menu that they are serving — perhaps referring more to the use of French cooking techniques into their food, considering some of the dishes have a very interesting Chinese or local fusion element to them. With the lack of Vietnamese options up at Bukit Timah, Lily•s does make for an interesting addition to KAP Mall and the area — wished they could expand further on their beverage selection and sides to carry a more varied selection, considering how it carries the vibe of a gastro bar that expats would certainly enjoy having an evening drink with the convenience of being near home.

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Came across the existence of Le Cafe Vie5 on social media — felt that their concept was kinda interesting considering how they seem to be an establishment with a focus on specialty coffee, but serving up Vietnamese fare.

Felt that Le Cafe Vie5 seems to knows their stuff when it comes to coffee — it was fairly interesting to even see how they do serve up Vietnamese Egg Coffee (a rather rare find to-date), and the Vietnamese Drip Coffee in both “Traditional” and “Trendy” formats — the latter being a light version using a blend of beans rather than that of a single-origin as it is in the former. That being said, the food item that left the strongest impression for us would be the Prawn Noodle Soup — unlike local renditions of the Prawn Noodle where it an emphasises on a thick, umami flavour, this version carries the clean, light broth that is typical to that of Pho whilst carrying a slight sweetness of the crustacean; works very well for those who dislike the strong flavour profile of local prawn noodles like me. The noodles are closer to that of thick rice noodles; round, rather than being flat as per the typical Pho, and the noodle soup also comes with elements such as wood-eat mushroom, spring onion with lemon and chili sauce available on the side; both of which adds an interesting note to the soup, though we would prefer the soup as-is to retain the sweetness of the prawns. The prawns included here are also plump, sweet and fresh, whilst also coming with sliced pork for a slight meatiness.

Given its location at Upper Paya Lebar Road, the cafe does seem like an idyllic spot to spend the afternoons away especially with a cup of coffee; be it Vietnamese-style or espresso-based. The vibes strangely reminds us of Yahaya Koffeeworks when they were situated at Sembawang Hills; perhaps it is something about the interior decor of the place. Still, if there is one item we would consider ordering again if here, it will be this — simple, comforting and satisfying indeed.

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Hadn’t visited Empress Porridge thus far, though I have heard of how good their food is; needless to say I got pretty excited when I heard about Hoàng Hâu — their latest concept which had opened its doors just a couple of weeks ago at Blk 146 Jalan Bukit Merah. Taking over the former premises of now-defunct Momo Kitchen, their newest venture serves Vietnamese cuisine, ranging from Pho to Bun Cha and even rice dishes — they do intend to offer more items in their menu such as Banh Mi in the future as well.

One of the dishes that clearly stood out from the rest in their menu here is the Freshwater Eel Porridge — a Vietnamese dish that is rarely found in Singapore and a clear choice given how porridge is also pretty much the specialty of Empress Porridge. Not sure what to expect especially given how I have never actually tried such a dish prior to this, but this was something which turned out pretty satisfying by surprise. The porridge itself was congee-like in texture; not too watery and is pretty smooth without being too grainy — what we found really intriguing was how flavourful it was, being savoury-sweet with a slight zippiness from the chili which gives a slight tingle to the taste buds that makes it really easy to eat. The Freshwater Eel comes in thin strips; provides a briny note though does carry some bone-y bits (not an issue to us, but just so you know!) whilst giving a good bite. Pretty comforting overall; something which I really enjoyed despite being one who is not into porridge usually — the medley of flavours certainly made this one that was very easy to finish. Pairs up well with the Sea Salt Lemonade — my all-time favourite saltish and sourish iced beverage that is a great thirst quencher that is refreshing to have with the warm porridge.

Must say that we left Hoàng Hâu pretty impressed; love the Crispy Spring Rolls that they have here which comes with a shattering crisp exterior whilst well-stuffed with pork, mushroom and vermicelli within — one of the few variants around that comes with a balance of flavours from the ingredients without one overpowering the other. Will be back to try the other items someday!

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