Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Singapore - Farrer Park, Singaporean Food, Vietnamese Food

Mrs. Pho

Address: 221 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218459.
This is the second branch of Mrs. Pho, the Vietnamese cuisine restaurant. It is called Mrs. Pho House. With the nice decorated interior of the restaurant, it tends to go on slightly above medium class price range and choices of food. Here, the menu is different, however, the basic ones which you can find at the Beach Road are there. This branch serves more dishes which are good for those who want to try more Vietnamese food with a big group of people.

We went to the Rangoon’s branch for the Feb 5 free pho’s offer. The portion of the pho, the sliced meat and vegetable and the food quality remained same even it was free. It has no different between the two branches.

The soup broth is delicious, sweet and not oily. Again, if you like adding the lime juice, it gives extra kick. I like their original broth.

We specially ordered it to try, just nice for four of us, it is the Vietnamese mini pancakes with prawns. It is quite uniquely tasted for me.

Additionally, we order the Vietnamese crepe to try. It is simple delicious and the portion is very generous. It consists of meat, either chicken or pork which is well marinated, wrapped with Vietnamese style crepe, made mostly of eggs. Besides meat, they put plenty of beansprouts and onions. Dip it with the sauce, it is nice and well tasted.

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Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Singapore - Bugis, Singaporean Food, Vietnamese Food

Mrs. Pho

Address: 349 Beach Road, Singapore 199570.
Mrs. Pho serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine which some of my colleagues liked them. They have another branch which located at the Rangoon Road, which serves almost the same kind of dishes and the interior of the restaurant is a lot better than the Beach Road. Both restaurants serve their best and authentic food.

As usual, I will order the Beef Pho for my lunch. The portion of noodle with the sliced beef sometimes can be not consistent. However, there will be at least 6-8 slices of beef, plenty of vegetable, prefer them to give more vegetable, just like the local Vietnamese food stalls in Vietnam do.

The soup broth is the best together with the delicious, tender beef serve with the al-dente pho. To add a bit more taste, sometimes adding some lime juice into the soup brings up the taste. You can ask for the lime from the waitress if you do not see it on the table.

It has been a norm for us to add on the cockles whenever we visited the restaurant. It is cooked with some sweet spicy sauce. According to my friend, it is the fish sauce fried with lards and it gives this kind of favoury on the cockles’ shells. It is tasted delicious even to go without the salt.

The lards can be sinful, however, this dish is not at all. It is worth for the try. Just another tip of eating the cockles which I just learned it during my last trip to this restaurant recently, smell it before you put into your mouth.

Why?

Well, during that visit, our plate of cockles was not fresh, smelly and we did not able to enjoy the fullness of the dish as usual. It is important to ensure the freshness.

Australian Food, Vietnamese Food

Rice Paper

Rice Paper
Address: 245 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.

After walking on my own for quite a while, I texted my cousin asking for guide for food in Melbourne, and she suggested to me to look for the Vietnamese food which is quite famous with its beef noodle. Australian’s beef is great, so does the Vietnamese beef pho.

It is a must to try the beef pho when you are in Melbourne. There are plenty famous Vietnamese restaurants in the city, I went to the Rice Paper which is located at Swanston Street, not too far from where I was at that time. There were quite crowded when I went into the restaurant during the dinner time.

There is no issues ordering the food because the menu is in English and the waiters and waitresses are able to speak English too. Simply put down the order number on the order form and the food is ready within the 15 minutes wait. They provide complimentary hot tea serves in the big thermal flask.

Here is the picture of the beef pho which I was quite surprised by its portion, it is quite a lot for me. For this price, it is very worthy and satisfying. The beef is generous, well done and the noodle is springy. The soup broth is not oily and salty. I added some chili paste into my soup to bring up some spiciness. Their chili paste is good to go with the beef too.

Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food, Vietnamese Food

Lang Nuong Vietnam

Lang Nuong Vietnam, Foch Road, Singapore.
Address: 18 Foch Rd, Singapore 209260.

Another try of the Vietnamese food at this authentic Vietnamese restaurant which is located at Foch Road, next to VXX Cooperative cafe and the famous pig organ soup shop.

The setting of the restaurant is authentic with low height’s tables and chairs. They are famous for Vietnamese BBQ. During lunch time visit, there is no people around except my colleagues and myself. I think they are doing night business more than the afternoon session.

The beef pho has the almost equal quality with the beef pho at Mrs. Pho. The soup broth is good but they added some pepper into the soup, it gave extra kick. I am not sure whether it is original.

The noodle and ingredients are generous, the price is same as Mrs. Pho and if want to compare with Mrs. Pho, perhaps, Mrs. Pho will be the better choice for me.

Cafe, Desserts, Halal Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Vietnamese Food, Western Food

Secret Recipe

Secret Recipe, Jusco Maluri, Kuala Lumpur.

I went back to Kuala Lumpur for Christmas last year and spent a week with loved ones. I feel very happy when I returned home and spent such a long time with them. It is more happier because I did not bother much about my work. It is a real holiday.
Secret Recipe
I went for lunch with my aunt at nearby shopping center. We ordered the set lunch, the Vietnamese beefy noodle and Western chicken chop with mushroom sauce. It comes with a drink of your choice. 

Vietnamese Beef Noodle
Secret Recipe
The beef noodle’s soup is great and aromatic. How to make it? It consists quite a lot of ingredients such as sliced beef, meatballs, some bean sprouts and lots of fried onions. It makes the noodle good.

Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce
Secret Recipe
The chicken chop is tender and goes well with the amount of mushroom sauce given. They have black pepper sauce too. The plus side, they give sweet corns. It comes with a small portion of rice, not plain rice.

All set lunch comes with a drink of your choice, and I chose A&W soft drink with cost RM4.00 if you buy separately from the menu.
Secret Recipe

Location: G19, Taman Maluri Shopping Centre, Jalan Jejaka, Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ambiance: The restaurant is quiet, not crowded. There is limited number of seats in the branch. The service is fast and the waiters are responsive.
Rating: 3/5. The lunch set is quite nice and worth to give a try. Even if you do not like the set lunch offers, the ala-carte  menu does offer many other dishes. Both of our choices taste good.

Singapore - Raffles Place, Singaporean Food, Vietnamese Food

Nam Nam Noodle Bar

Nam Nam Noodle Bar

I was brought to try this Vietnamese restaurant by my cousin. It was the first time I stepped into Vietnamese restaurant after the closure of the Vietnamese restaurant in Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur few years back.

Pho
I ordered the basic dish to try, Pho with chicken. Wow, the broth was so aromatic, strong with spices and it wasn’t oily. It tasted good but I don’t know how authentic it is. Satisfied for my first time experience. Worthy to give a try.
NamNamBar

You can eat with sauces available on the table which I do not know if it is suitable to put into Pho. I tried with its original taste. The Hoisin sauce is the most commonly I saw but have not given a try at all.
NamNam
This is a set meal which comes with a drink of your choice (either Vietnam Black Coffee, Vietnam Coffee with Condensed Milk or Lotus Tea).

Lotus Tea
The Lotus tea was aromatic and nice to drink when it was hot. I did a quick research on lotus tea and it said that lotus tea can help people to feel calm and de-stress.
NamNam
Interiors of the restaurant. There are plenty of 2-seated, 4-seated and 6-seated tables. It was pretty crowded during the dinner time, so be earlier to avoid long queue.
NamNam
Location: #B1-131, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore.
Ambience: Crowded and quite noisy.
Rating: 4/5. Pho is very nice, aromatic and satisfying. The food and drink and services are good and waiters are attentive. Worth to try.

Desserts, Vietnamese Food

Royale Vietnam

My friend just came back from Vietnam and we went to this Vietnam restaurant which is located at Starhill Shopping Centre at Bukit Bintang. The restaurant is pretty hard to find because the area is dark and quiet. Yes, there is no crowd during our visit.
Royale Vietnam
Royale Vietnam
We were pretty worried about the food quality when we did not see anyone in this restaurant. While we discussed what to eat, there was a family came in and sat next to our table. They seemed to have visited this restaurant before and ordered the food soon after that. So, we did.
Royale Vietnam
Appetizer – Spring Rolls
Royale Vietnam
Royale Vietnam
Mixed well the sauce and then dipped the spring rolls with this sauce. A combination of salad, herbs and shrimps wrapped with rice paper. The spring rolls were normal and nothing to further comment on it. It costs RM14.90

Snow Fungus with Crab Meat Soup
Royale Vietnam
Do not think that we ordered shark fin soup by looking at this picture. This soup is a healthy soup which is very good for lung, stomach and brain. It is a great soup after tired day of work according to the menu. Yes, I needed it! It costs RM16.90

Beef Noodle Soup
Royale Vietnam
Royale Vietnam
This is a must try dish when visiting a Vietnamese restaurant. It is their traditional dish, which served with sliced beef, beef balls and other herbs with flat rice noodle. According to my friend, the one that she ate in Vietnam was using thick round rich noodle (the noodle used for assam laksa). The broth is superb and said it has been boiled for 20 hours. It is not oily and strong with herbs. It costs RM28.90.

Desserts – Eight Treasured Drink
Royale Vietnam
We wrapped our lunch with a dessert, Eight Treasured Drink. It was cooling. It costs RM12.90.
Location: Lot LG7, Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, No. 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.