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We sample several bowls of mixed beef Vietnamese noodle soup to bring you the worthiest slurps
20 May 2014 1:19 PM | Updated 17 Feb 2015
By Celine Asril,Priyanka Chand Agarwal,Charlene Fang
Image 1 of 11 | Image credits: Pho Hoa
Pho (pronounced "fuh") is the noodle soup from the streets of Vietnam that has everyone slurping. Up to last year, there were merely a handful of restaurants serving pho in Singapore. Today, there are over a dozen establishments, each serving their own style (Hanoi, Saigon, and a bit of their own) of this Vietnamese staple. We've round up the top pho bowls in Singapore for your slurping pleasure.
Image 2 of 11 | Image credits: Priyanka Chand Agarwal
CRITIC’S PICK | Long Phung | This Joo Chiat eatery has been a longstanding pho favourite. While the menu is an exhaustive list of Vietnamese eats, we tried (and highly recommend) the pho dac biet 'special' ($7.50): it is a medium-sized bowl of rice noodles, broth, both beef slices and beef balls and a generous amount of Thai basil leaves and beansprouts. On first taste, the broth appears sweet, but the spicy heat gradually kicks in and we couldn't stop slurping. This is a Saigon-style pho and we suspect that the broth has been boiled with chicken, beef, even squid. Each table gets an array of condiments: we like ours with the pounded, fresh chilli stirred in to create a fuller-bodied soup with spice that lingers. Service is fast and friendly at this coffee-shop eatery. It is the busiest Vietnamese on this stretch, and for good reason. Tip: go during lunch. The dinner queues have been known to last hours.
Celine Asril is guilty of taking pictures before tucking in to all her meals; it’s a (good) hazard of the job – this editor of HungryGoWhere never sits down to two of the same meals in a week.
Priyanka has worked in PR and marketing for start-ups of all sizes before trading in the corporate ladder for writing about food and fashion. When not battling with HTML, she can be found furiously stirring a pot of curry in her tiny kitchen, shopping online or looking for the next ‘hot new restaurant’. She also runs a fashion label that makes the occasional appearance at trunk shows. Priyanka would like to have her own blog/website someday but every time she clicks opens a browser, something is on sale at an online store somewhere.
In between sunning herself in the Bora Bora, Bali and other exotic locales, Charlene Fang keeps her feet (and fingers) grounded as the managing editor of inSing.com. She blames her wanderlust on the years spent working as the editor of CNNGo Singapore and Time Out Singapore. When not up in the air, she keeps busy checking out the hottest new spots in town or attempting to make good on her triathlete goals.
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