July 5th, 2015

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Food Invite: A Taste of Vietnam at Pho Street

Hey people!

Vietnamese cuisine reminds me of my short getaway to Hoi An, Vietnam early this year when I was all out to try the various local foodfare over there. The food was so good, so authentic and so affordable that it became comparatively difficult to find an eatery in Singapore which sells good Vietnamese food that is also value for money.

I miss Vietnamese food so I was happy to be invited by Select Group & Pho Street for a media tasting of their new menu.

Pho Street has 2 outlets - one at Bedok Mall and the other at Westgate. I did my tasting at the small and casual eatery in Westgate and it was really sweet of Select Group to also extend the invitation to my parents.

Let's start with the thirst quenchers, shall we?

The two drinks above may look very similar but they're two different drinks. The one with lemon was the Lemon Cooler with Peppermint & Basil ($3.50) while the drink on the right was the Passionfruit & Basil Mojito ($3.50).

I'm a fan of passionfruit so it was natural for my taste buds to gravitate towards the latter, which happened to also be a sweeter drink.

On the other hand, the Lemon Cooler drink had a strong, minty taste which Mum seemed to like very much. That said, both drinks were great complements to the food that we've tried.

We started off with some Fresh Summer Rolls ($4.90) that contained prawn, pork belly and fresh herbs.

It tasted really good with the peanut sauce dip that was served at the side.

These summer rolls are a classic Vietnamese snack and they make a perfect appetizer.

I remembered eating this all the time when I was in Vietnam because it was served at nearly every meal. I love their use of fresh ingredients and it makes me feel so healthy eating this.

It will be interesting if customers can also wrap their own rolls for a more hands-on experience. After all, wrapping rolls was part of the fun and learning when we were having our meals in Vietnam.

One of the highlights of our meal was this very beautiful platter of Vietnamese Street Snacks ($8.90), featuring roasted chicken skewers, crispy fried pork rolls and Vietnamese crabcakes.

The snacks could be eaten directly or with chilli sauce, depending on your spice preference. My favourite snack has got to be the yummilicious Vietnamese crabcakes while Dad preferred the fried pork rolls. The chicken skewers were great too but I would have loved it more if it weren't spicy.

Next up, we had some Crispy Fried Chicken Mid-wings ($4.90) which were best eaten with the caramelised dip at the side. The dip will sweeten the wings by a great deal.

Honestly, I'm not a fan of the fried chicken skin because it was a tad oily but the meat underneath it was delicious to the max.

Another highlight of our meal were these Sesame Rice Crackers ($6.90) and no, you do not eat it like a regular keropok.

Instead, pair it with the minced meat and spices dip and eat it together for a more sensational experience as well as taste.

Oh yes, and although there were spices in the dip, it didn't taste spicy for me so it motivated me to go for second helpings.

Since we're at Pho Street, how can we miss out Pho?

Introducing the eatery's signature Pho Beef Combination ($9.90) which consisted of beef balls, beef slices, beef shank, beef tendons and beef tripe. The combination of tastes was tantalizing and flavourful. Even my Dad who has high standards for food was singing praises of this dish.

I also noticed that many people around me had ordered this so I guessed you can't go wrong with such a popular dish!

Say hello to this Roasted Pork Chop with Fragrant Rice ($7.90).

The pork chops were tender and tasty, making them an amazing complement to the rice. And I'm not kidding when I say that the rice was truly fragrant. I actually took a sniff of the rice as though it was perfume before eating it.

I was most excited about this Vietnamese Banh Mi ($6.90) which has a stark resemblance to a French Baguette.

The Vietnamese version is lighter, contains less dough and comprise more local ingredients such as pork belly, grilled beef, chicken ham and chilli. I love this to bits.

Banh Mi was actually my first meal at Hoi An when we didn't have time to eat a proper meal and had to buy it off the streets. In Hoi An, it costs 1 US dollar if I buy it from a street vendor but I know I cannot expect such a low price here.

It makes a convenient snack and it's very easy to eat, especially when you're on the go. Just eat it like a burger!

To complete our meal, we were also served Vietnamese dessert. No, not the traditional Asian dessert in a bowl but a dessert that actually reminded us of a milkshake.

This dessert is the Cream of Mung Bean with Coconut Sauce and Crushed Peanuts ($3.50).

It was my first time having a dessert that has mung bean in it and it was definitely a new experience. I probably do not fancy mung bean on its own but the addition of coconut sauce and crushed peanuts certainly made this dessert very palatable.

One thing to note is that this dessert has a thick texture. If you have to drink the entire dessert by yourself after a heavy meal, you might not be able to appreciate the dessert fully. Therefore, I recommend this dessert for sharing!

Alright, that's all for the food that we've tried. I know it's practically a feast and indeed, we had a fulFILLING (pun intended) experience. Thank you Select Group & Pho Street for hosting us!

For more information, check out Pho Street's Facebook page here.

Pho Street @ Westgate
3 Gateway Drive
#B2-K6/K7 Singapore 608532

Pho Street @ Bedok Mall
311 New Upper Changi Road
#B1-40 Singapore 467360

Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.
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