Fresh back from Vietnam 2 weeks back, still mending Pho craves hence decided to ride along Father’s day to sort this out. Little Vietnam was the closest link to authentic Vietnamese Pho I knew plus decent prices for food/booze with big herbaceous bowls of Pho starting $6 bucks & Heineken 330 ML Gls Bottles going for S$7 bucks Nett.
A patron of Little Vietnam for past 5 years, their clientele evolved from mainly Vietnamese + Tattoo-ed companions to good mix of local families, young adults + expatriates. Snakey queues can form 7 pm onward hence prudent to swing by early.
Above pictured! Chao Tom S$5.00/Plate for 2 pcs. Minced pork & prawns wrapped on sugarcane stick. Used to taste mouthful minced meat and prawn bits but recipe somewhat refined to a flour dough smooth texture. Nothing negative but preferred previous past version.
Prawns Stir Fried In Garlic S$13.00/Plate. Fresh, nicely salted mid sized juicy prawns stir fried with charred garlic bits. Good for 4 pax as sides or beer munch.
Cha Gio $5.00/Bowl. Deep fried paper rolls with marinated chicken and vegetables. Vinegar chili sauce with carrot julienne complimented rolls well. Spotted vermicelli filling beneath crusty roll surface. Must Try!
Pho Tai Bo Vien S$7.50/Bowl. Little Vietnam’s Pho, (Fuh) was deceptive with this simple looking noodle soup complex in flavors. White rice flour noodles was pristine, fresh and easily slurped down my throat. Broth was aromatic and bore hints of browned onions, citrus lime and subtle flavors of some cinnamon and little star anise. Deep color presumably a result of prolonged simmering of beef bones.
Would preferred generous servings of Garnish served on separate condiments plate/basket like in Vietnam as amounts of greens in bowl wasn’t enough. Ordered another plate for $0.90. Basil/Crunchy Sprouts added more flavors to broth as per my liking.
Ngheu Hap Xa S$8.00. Clams in lemongrass broth. Dish was done correctly but just didn’t get “omph” of lemongrass. Preferred broth soaked with sour & bitter notes immersed in chicken broth. Shall skip this on next visit.
Little Vietnam in my view, is one of best Vietnamese food offerings in Spore. The more expensive ones I tried weren’t just as good. Dining environment provided al fresco dining by the river (Glorified Long Kang W/O Smell) + aircon indoor dining. Huge extensive menu was understatement for Little Vietnam’s Restaurant name. Vietnamese service staff spoke good Mandarin & reasonable English, most importantly dining here won’t break the bank. Establishment accepts only Cash. Check them out soon!