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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mrs Pho

The search of a bowl of good Pho still hangs around in my head and thus we head down to the reputable Mrs Pho in Beach Road which was being raved sometimes back on the media. Located along the main road, the facade of Mrs Pho look nothing spectacular and why would they be the talk of the crowd? I was pretty amazed by the bustling place when i came close to its door as majority of the neighbouring eating places still have more than half the shop space unoccupied, unlike Mrs Pho, we have to side on the tiny table outside her shop screening through the piece of menu while we wait for the turnover.

Facade of Mrs Pho
It felt as if I went through a magic door when I  pushed opened into Mrs Pho. Rustic interior with both cement screed flooring as well as walls with intended grafitti and hanging wires, the feelings were something which I can never imagine I was in Singapore.

Interior
There were narrow aisles from tables to tables and assistant were well trained to serve their hot bowls of noodles in a careful manner not to topple over.

Another part that enlighten me was the used of Mandarin and English in their Vietnamese Accents. Their work efficiency was great and once every few minutes I heard they would check on customers if they had taken their order. Not only that, they were quick in clearing the tables knowing that we have other dishes coming.

Counter
Even the old school style iron grill gates were filled of some old school stuff.

On the Grills
Do not worry about the authenticity as sauces like these were from Vietnamese besides being served by them.

Sauce
While most of the Vietnamese eateries provide a wedge / slice if lime, diners are free to grab theirs free flow on the table, likewise for any sauce and utensils.

On The Table
The Fresh Prawn and Pork Spring Roll or usually the Summer Roll is my all time favourite in Viet Cuisine. Fresh ingredients were all wrapped securely in a most and chewy rice paper and into a roll.
Peanut sauce is superb and I have to emphasize this dish is definitely recommended despite thats its already mentioned as one of Mrs Pho Favourites.

Fresh Prawn & Pork Spring Roll - $3.50
Not to less out the Mamma's Secret Recipe, these pork meat balls were the recommendation by Mrs Pho too. The marinate taste had seeped in pretty well into the meat, allowing a favourable taste with crunchy peanuts as its toppings.

Hanoi Pork Meat Balls (Mamma's Secret Recipe) - $3.50
Fish Sauce and fried chicken wings? That seems a good idea! Came in a pair, both drumlets and wings, the taste was coated with a layer of sweet fish sauce, addictive with its crumbly golden brown outer layer. A satisfied portion though we only get one each.

Fried Chicken Wings in Fish Sauce - $3.50
Avocado Smoothie was creamy and tasty. Must Try! Not only that, if you are game for some Viet Coffee, do try them now. It come with or without condensed milk, at your choice.

Viet Iced Coffee with Milk - $3 & Avocado Smoothie - $4.50
The default dish is always their Beef Brisket Pho for me. Soup was reasonably flavoured with hints of herbs as well as beef flavours.  The kind of soup base with pho (we called it Kway Teow Kia)  was simply addictive. Having tried many Pho in Singapore, I would position them as another Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant to revisit.

Sliced Beef Noodle Soup - $7.90
Looking around me, there were also tables of Vietnamese patrons who were there enjoying bowls of Pho.

Special beef combination consist of meat balls and slices of beef brisket besides the sliced beef. Onions, spring onions and basil leaves were part of it.

Special Beef Combination Noodle Soup - $8.90
Additional bowl of soup was included in the combination noodle soup too and it contained raw egg.
The temperature of every bowl of noodle was warm enough to enable a half boiled egg.

Side of Raw Egg in Soup 
Slices of beef brisket were tender and soft on our teeth. What I like best was the beef balls that have a "Q" texture and tasted as though it was hand made. You will definitely like it if such style floats your boat.

Brisket & Beef Balls 
Overall, I'm quite contented to have another Viet option here in Singapore. The price is reasonable I would say and food were delicious. If you like Vietnamese Cuisine, Mrs Pho is not to be missed. For those who will be heading down, do note that only cash is accepted during payment.

Rating: 4 / 5

Mrs Pho
Location: 349 Beach Road Singapore 199570