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Vietnamese Okay Lah!

imageInspired by my surprise discovery of Wendy’s “Pho Bo this week I tried another Vietnamese restaurant in Orchard, NamNam Noodle Bar in Wheelock Place.

I also went for their “Pho Bo with Wagyu” which was double the price of the normal Steak version plus a top up of extra steak meat to see if the Wagyu was worth its extra money.

The extra meat arrived before the actual soup which I found slightly odd but when the Pho showed up a bit later it looked delicious. The broth itself was not too impressive but there were a lot of greens in there and I particularly liked the red and green chilis which kicked in once you caught one. Unfortunately the noodles were all stuck together in one lump at the bottom of the bowl and broke into short pieces when trying to fish them out. On top of that the even though tasty meat was sliced up to thick and the soup wasn’t hot enough to cook it through which made it difficult to chew and swallow the bigger bits. The Wagyu was leaner and more delicate than the normal Steak but taste wise it wasn’t such a big difference.

I might come back here to try their “Vietnamese Baguettes” but when I’m again craving for “Pho Bo” I probably go for the cheaper Wendy’s version next door.

P.S.: Sorry for the bad picture.

http://namnamnoodlebar.com.sg/

NamNam Noodle Bar                                                                                                                                          501 Orchard Place                                                                                                                                            #B2-02 Wheelock Place                                                                                                                         Singapore 238880

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Decent Pho Find In An Unexpected Place!

imageA friend and I wanted to grab some sushi at Koh Grill & Sushi Bar at Wisma before watching a movie but the queue was ridiculously huge. Well I should’ve known better on a Friday night. So to find something fast we went over to ION Orchard’s Food Opera and practically bumped into Wendy’s Vietnamese Cuisine stall by accident. Didn’t have Vietnamese food for ages and loving Pho so we ordered two “Pho Bo” with fresh beef, the “Mango Salad” and some “Rice Paper Rolls“.

Eating in a food court I didn’t expect much of it but must admit I was super positively surprised. Even that there was a lack of cinnamon taste and the amount of herbes could be amped up it was a great bowl of soup. The beef was excellent and lean and the broth was very tasty so that I emptied it til the last drop. Reminder to myself: Get the double portion meat next time.

The “Mango Salad” was not spicy at all but it tasted pretty good also because there weren’t as many dried shrimp in it which I appreciated. The “Rice Paper Rolls” with chicken and shrimp were really    blend and boring in taste but overall a great find .

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A New Ramen In The Neighborhood!

imageToday my ramen buddy and I went to checkout another new place that opened up in Singapore last year, Menya Sanji in Tanjong Pagar. When I’m in this area I’m always tempted to queue up at Keisuke for their delicious Black Oil Tonkotsu Ramen but today our mission was venturing for new tastes.

My friend had their signature “Sanji Ramen” and naturally I went for the spicy version (pic). Both have the same pork base but mine had chili oil added to it. They also have a pork-chicken and even a pork-fish based ramen which I found a bit odd when screening the menu. The regular bowl was a bit blend and milky in taste so I was happy that my spicy ramen had a dram more depth and kick to it. The noodles were nice and chewy that next time I have to ask them if they make it themselves. We also ordered some extra eggs that were slightly overcooked and chashu which I would have wished to be leaner.

Menya Sanji didn’t make it in my top 3 ramen places in Singapore but offers a solid bowl of Japanese goodness and the super friendly service and the substantial shorter wait compared to Keisuke around the corner will make some people jump the queue.

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Best Tantanmen In Town!

imageNantsuttei is one of my favorite ramen shops in Singapore which is located on the third floor of Parco Mall and originates from a famous Japanese shop.

I ordered my favorite, the “Hot Miso Ramen Tantanmen” which has a rich broth and a strong pork taste that’s enhanced by the added ground pork. Only letdown was that my “extremely spicy” only tingled slightly instead the usual numbing pain and sweating. I always add flavored eggs, which they boil to the perfect waxy spot as well as “Smoked Chashu” which even though cold, melts in your mouth. As a side note for the health conscious, Nantsuttei is using organic pork for their dishes.

www.nantsu.com/sg

Nantsuttei                                                                                                                                                           #03-02 Millenia Walk                                                                                                                                              9 Raffles Boulevard                                                                                                                                 Singapore 39596