Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant – Hidden Gem in Joo Chiat
To the far east of Singapore, there lies a food paradise that we all know as Joo Chiat. Not only does it have a wide variety of food, but it is also a place with hidden “gems” for you to discover. If you are a Vietnamese food lover, you would definitely love this place in Joo Chiat, Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant.
Do not let the facade of this restaurant fool you, for there are authentic Vietnamese food that awaits you. It gets crowded during lunch time and dinner time so be prepared to wait or queue depending on the time you arrive. As the interior of the restaurant is rather small, you might have to share tables with the other diners. The Vietnamese waitresses can get a little rude at times, so the key to not get in their way is to have patience.
Being in a Vietnamese restaurant, no doubt we had to try the Pho Tai ($7), is served with beef steak slices cooked rare, along with rice noodle in soup. The broth was flavorful, with a tinge of sweetness due to the spices added. The beef steak, though thinly sliced, were served in a generous amount. As they were served rare, it prevents the beef from getting overcooked from the hot broth. The rice noodles were also smooth and springy. This is the kind of comfort food you would crave for on a rainy day.
Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio ($8.50), is also dish with rice noodle, topped with grilled pork and fried spring roll. Rather than serving it with soup, this dish is dressed with fish sauce. The pork, although well marinated, was slightly dry. On the other hand, the fried spring roll was very crispy. The vegetables within makes the spring roll more refreshing and less greasy.
When in a Vietnamese restaurant, you can never miss having Goi Cuon ($7) as a side dish. The Vietnamese spring roll is similar to the local popiah, except that they uses fresh vegetables, shrimp, pork and rolls it up with rice paper. This would be best eaten upon serving so that the rice paper wouldn’t harden from being aired. The Vietnamese also uses a variety of vegetables within the roll, and some of it gives off quite an exquisite taste. They also serve tuong xao sauce along with the spring rolls for you to dip it in. The sauce is mainly a combination of sweet and salty hoisin sauce, chili and topped with peanuts.
Goi Xoai ($7.50) is more commonly known as green mango salad in Singapore. This dish is served with thinly sliced green mango, prawn, pork and fried shallots. This is a very appetizing dish as not only is the green mango sour, but it is also dressed with vinegar. A great dish as appetizer or even as a side dish to give your tastebuds a perk.
Cafe Sua Da ($3.80), or Vietnamese iced coffee was sadly, not as fascinating as it seems. It was blend with very minimal coffee taste. Nonetheless, it does not dampen our spirit as the food was very delicious and definitely a trip worth making.
Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant
Address: 159 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427436
Tel: +65 9105 8519
Opening hours: 1pm to 2am daily
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