The Place Located along Joo Chiat Road, Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant is one of the most popular Vietnamese restaurants in Singapore. It has been opened for over a decade, but still continues to draw a huge crowd. The setting of Long Phung is very casual, characterised by its yellow plastic chairs and full blown menu on the wall. There’s not much of an ambience to speak of, but that’s also the charm of the place.
The Food With more than thirty dishes on the menu, options are varied though I only had the beef pho in mind. I went for the Pho Dac Biet (S$8.9), a special noodle soup that comes with slices of beef, beef balls and the surprise is there even an egg with it. I love the broth of the pho, very hearty and it doesn’t taste like there’s much MSG added. Go for this dish if you like more variety of ingredients in your noodles.
Alternatively, the classic option is to go for the Pho Nam (S$7.9), a well-done beef noodle soup that is simple and it can’t go wrong. The broth here is cleaner in flavour as compared to the Pho Dac Biet and I actually much preferred this. Simply pho dish, with tender slices of beef and a comforting broth. I was very satisfied.
The Rantee tried the Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio (S$9.9), a dry noodle dish with grilled pork and rice noodle. It is quite interesting as I have never tried this dish before. Mix the ingredients together, and the taste of the dish is close to a salad as it is strangely quite refreshing.
Dishes to share include the Cha Gio (S$8), classic Vietnamese spring rolls which are so good. The texture is crispy and the fillings are so tasty. I couldn’t stop at one.
Our last sharing dish is the interestingly named Banh Xeo 1 Cai (S$10), literally translated to one piece of cake. This is akin to a huge slab of fried pancake which I reckon is easier to enjoy the dish with your hands. It’s oily, but sinfully addictive.
Rants Be prepared to wait in line if you drop by on weekend during dinner hours.
Will I Return Again? I don’t frequent Vietnamese restaurants often in Singapore, and it is admittedly not my favourite type of cuisine. I was surprised I enjoyed the food at Long Phung and for that itself, it is worth a return.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant
159 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 6440 6959
Daily: 12pm to 11pm
Ranted by The Ranter