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TL;DR – Pho far pho good.

Every once in a while I crave for my favourite Vietnamese cuisine and I am sure I am not alone. Here are eight of my favourite places for delicious, affordable Vietnamese food that will take your from Singapore to Saigon.

1. Fat Saigon Boy

Fat Saigon Boy is one of the few Vietnamese fusion joints in Singapore. Helmed by Aussie-Vietnamese Cang Lai, you can enjoy lots of Vietnamese tapas here and even Vietnamese Sangria! The must-tries here include the signature Fried Soft Shell Crab sliders, Vietnamese Salmon fish cake and Pulled pork quesadillas.

Address: 51 Telok Ayer Street #01-02, 048441
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9pm

2. Saigon Alley

If you appreciate restaurants with authentic dining experiences, the staff at Saigon Alley are almost entirely Vietnamese and the dishes here are said to be inspired by the street food of Vietnam. Besides the food, the industrial chic ambience – think colourful graffiti walls, neon lights and silk lanterns – is definitely a draw. Try their signature Spicy Australian Sliced Beef Noodles and Saigon Alley bánh mì, or healthier choices like salads and paper rolls and you must end your meal on a sweet note with the Vietnamese Coffee Jelly with ice cream or Fried Bananas with ice cream.

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Address: 273 Thomson Road, Novena Gardens, Singapore 307644
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 11pm

3. Little Vietnam

Singaporeans will know Geylang is home to lots of good food and Little Vietnam is one of them. Little Vietnam is a charming and authentic joint with both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Some of the highlights here include the Bun Thit Nuong (grilled pork chop on rice vermicelli with vegetables), Chao Long (pork innards rice porridge), Tom Xien Nuong (fresh grilled prawns marinated in a flavourful sauce) and Bun Ga Nuong Xa (grilled lemongrass chicken on rice vermicelli).

Address: 511 Guillemard Road #01-25 Grandlink Square, Singapore 399849
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 12pm – 11:15pm

4. Mrs Pho

Located along Beach Road is this humble Vietnamese eatery, Mrs Pho. The hearty phos and spring rolls, both fried and fresh, are very popular amongst the working crowd in the area. Besides the usual dishes, you can try other Vietnamese dishes here such as their Hanoi meatballs, Fried chicken wings (coated with fish sauce and lots of garlic), Stewed Catfish (simmered with soy sauce and stir fried with pork lard) and my personal favourite, their Stir-fried cockles, which are cooked in a claypot for added smokiness and tossed with lots of garlic and pork lard. YUM!

Address: 349 Beach Road, Singapore 199570
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 10pm

5. Mrs Pho House

A sister restaurant of Mrs Pho, Mrs Pho House is located towards the end of Rangoon Road and is slightly more upscale. The decor is similar to the original Mrs Pho with Vietnamese street style decor but this is a larger outlet with more seats. While the signatures in Mrs Pho are pho, Mrs Pho House is more of tze char style eatery focusing on seafood and other Vietnamese favourites with a twist.

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Address: 221 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218459
Opening Hours: Wed – Fri: 6pm – 10pm, Sat – Sun: 12pm – 10:30pm

6. Moc Quan

Moc Quan, which translates to simple restaurant, is exactly what this restaurant is. Serving home-cooked dishes with fresh ingredients, Moc Quan was conceptualised as a tze char style restaurant with single dishes like Banh Xeo (rice-flour crepe with turmeric, shrimp, mushrooms, sliced pork and mung beans), Thit Nurong (grilled pork shoulder), Dau Hu Chien Xa (deep fried tofu with garlic and lemon grass) and more. If you love Vietnamese coffee, Moc Quan serves Cap Phe Chon, which is essentially Weasel coffee – and yup, you can probably guess how it is made – weasels being fed with the highest quality coffee berries and their waste being cleaned and processed after.

Address: 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-23 UE Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 239917
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun: 10am – 9:30pm

7. Pho Stop

If there are days when you feel like having something soupy, make phos your go-to. The phos at Pho stop will not disappoint pho sure, with its generous amounts of rice noodles, meats, fresh bean sprouts, onions, coriander and flavourful broth. If you enjoy desserts that are not too sweet, the ice creams here are smooth and creamy and make the perfect after-lunch treat.

Address: 6A Shenton Way #02-28 Downtown Gallery, 068815
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11:30am – 9:30pm

8. Little Saigon

If you are in the mood for Vietnamese spring rolls and cocktails on a Friday night, Little Saigon is the place to go to in Clarke Quay. Serving their own renditions of Vietnamese classics, you can enjoy your food in a relaxed setting with live music and colonial-style decor while overlooking the Singapore River!

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Address: 3E River Valley Road #01-02 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs: 12pm – 1am, Fri – Sat: 3pm – 3am

By Joey Wee

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