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Mrs Pho Vietnamese restaurant @ Rangoon Road – It is a YES!
In the eyes of my two teens, Vietnamese food is something simple, delicate with plenty of green and healthy. Shouldn’t it be nice? Well, it is exactly the good things in the food that holding them back to try the cuisine, somehow, they have the perceptions or prejudices that Vietnamese foods are lacking the complexity offered by example its neighbouring Thai food, which is famous for its flavour-packed seasoning that filled with all the excitement ones can experienced with the taste buds.
For me, it is a comparison of a sweet, timid village girl living next door and a feral woman from the sophisticated world, the preference is always subjective.
Stepped into Mrs Pho Vietnamese restaurant is a feeling of traditional in a chic environment, stacks of wooden crates, bamboo curtain and perhaps the graffiti scribbled on the wall all try to tell a story about Vietnam, it is illusive but its worked.
Sliced Beef Pho ($9.9)
The paper-thin, tender sliced beef was submerged in a bowl of delectable Pho that filled with various green, nothing seems too alluring to the taste buds but it is the simplicity that speaks the volume, the broth was delicious and noodle was cooked al dente, the combination in the bowl was amazingly delighting, Pho…Definitely YES! (4.3/5.0)
Mamma’s Lucky Meat Balls ($4.9)
Small pork balls encased the essence flavour of herbs and spices and good enough to suppress the porky taste yet pleasant to the palates. (3.5/5.0)
Fresh Spring Roll ($4.9)
You have a choice of fried or fresh spring roll, while the majority may opt for the safer fried version but it was the taste of authentic Vietnamese spring rolls that we were looking for. Though it could be an acquiring taste for some with the completely bland Vietnamese vermicelli, water poached shrimp and fresh green wrapped in a thin rice sheet, tasteless? bland? Were written all over the places on this dish even there was dipping fish sauce provided to add the savoury to the rolls. However, we were amazed after the first bite and start questioning the palate sensations, realising it was not at all a boring dish and in reality quite a opposite of its dull feel, the Vietnamese vermicelli was surprisingly refreshing with the perfect springy texture, together with sweetness of the shrimp and the pleasantly nice fish sauce to complement the flavour, it was unequivocal one of the best highlights of the night. (4.3/5.0)
Banh Xeo – Mrs Pho Seafood Crepe ($18.9)
Squid, prawns and bean sprouts sandwiched in between the eggy rice batter crepe, eaten together with leafy veg and chili sauce, go the Vietnamese way and learn to enjoy the tangy of the dish. (3.0/5.0)
Fishy Wingman ($4.5)
The chicken wings may be marinated with fish sauce to provide more depth to the wings, the wings were not drenched with oil and a clear-tasting, tender and retained the juices made eating the wings an enjoyment.(3.0/5.0)
Grilled Beef ‘LALO’ ($5.5)
The minced beef was wrapped in a thin seaweed sheet and grilled to perfection; the minced beef was juicy and flavourful, a snack worth to try here. (4.0/5.0)
Phoever Young ($5.9)
So call to keep you young for a glass of mixture from Ground Green bean, Pennywort (Gotu Kola) and Coconut water, the combination could be weird likewise the taste, we would like to keep young but perhaps with something else. (2.5/5.0)
Learning to enjoy the succulent and traditional Vietnamese comfort food may not be a daunting task if you keep the insipid taste perception at bay, Vietnamese food has its own unique characters and definitely worth to explore, the village girl next door may be tamed but it has the beauty to lure many of her admirers, we are now one of them.
GST and Service Charge applicable
Mrs Pho House @ Beach Road
A: 349 Beach Rd, Singapore 199570
T: +65 6292 0018
H: Daily 11am to 10pm
Mrs Pho House @ Rangoon Road
A: 221 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218459
T: +65 9173 1083
H: Wed to Fri 6pm – 10om, Sat & Sun: 12Noon – 10.30pm, Close on Mon & Tue