Have you ever wondered what Vietnamese cuisine is like abroad? There have been many articles about Vietnamese food in distant lands, such as Australia and the United States, thanks to the large Vietnamese diaspora in these places. However, not much is known about Vietnamese cuisine in neighboring countries, especially in my hometown: a sunny little island about 2 hours flight from Saigon called Singapore.
If you happen to be there and suddenly crave something authentic Noodle Soup, Nam Vang noodles and pancakes, will be able to find them? Well, the good news is, yes, you can.
Now, you might be thinking, “no, wait. It will be very expensive”! Well, you are both right and wrong. You are right that Vietnamese food in Singapore can be very expensive, however, if you know where to look and don’t mind risking a little bit of your search, you can really find a good bowl of noodles. Noodle Soup with prices almost in Saigon. Curious? Continue reading.
First of all, a little background information. Due to Singapore’s proximity to Vietnam and a large number of Vietnamese students and professionals moving to Singapore to study and work, there has been an explosion of restaurants serving this audience in the past decade. Most of these eateries are run by Vietnamese immigrants or enterprising Singaporeans who love Vietnamese cuisine.
So here comes a disclaimer: the dishes here may be genuine, but they are not region-specific. For a Singaporean, one Noodle Soup Is one Noodle Soupregardless of whether it is processed in the typical style of Saigon or Hanoi.
The eateries featured here feature some of the best Vietnamese food you can find in Singapore, and some of it is also highly regarded by Vietnamese who have visited or lived there. Are they listed from “expensive as you would expect” to “real”?
Located in Novena Gardens along Thomson Road, Saigon Alley is the closest place for you to experience authentic fine dining in Saigon, minus two details: the impressive English proficiency of the main staff. being Vietnamese and the price.
One of their most popular dishes, Australian beef spicy noodles, costs around SGD 14 (VND 240,000). For that price, you’ll get something that looks like Hue beef noodle soup, but with a slightly spicier broth and a very rich serving of sliced Australian beef and brisket, as well as herbs like mint. and basil. They are also quite famous for their fresh spring rolls, which is really a new interpretation as you won’t find these versions in Vietnam.
The fresh tiger prawn cake is very big, simply because the shrimp is big, tightly packed inside but still clearly visible through the rice paper. Crab spring rolls are another great variation, containing a large amount of real crab meat. Each roll costs 8 SGD (137,000 VND).
Although the food is pricey, this is probably one of the best places in Singapore to enjoy delicious Vietnamese food, including a few imaginative variations of famous Vietnamese dishes. Nam in a clean restaurant with great ambience. Perfect if you are missing Vietnam and have money to spend.
Nam Nam noodle shop
I got to taste Vietnamese food for the first time in my life on a rainy day in Singapore in 2013. I passed this restaurant in Raffles City, and my friend commented that she had “heard some good things about the place. this”, so we decided to visit. check it out. It didn’t change my life, but it certainly opened my eyes because that’s where I got my first love. Noodle Soup.
What I find interesting about Nam Nam is that there is a huge diagram on the wall showing you how to eat pho. The restaurant specializes in Hanoi Pho, and its toppings range from chicken (9.90 SGD/170,000), to beef steak slices (10.90 SGD/187,000 VND) and medium-sized wagyu beef (VND 10.90). 19.90 SGD/341,000 VND)).
You can also find bread with toppings such as smoked salmon, ham and caramelized bacon with affordable prices, like VND 130,000.
Saigon Banh Mi Cafe
Just by its name, you know this item will be all about bread. Sandwich Saigon Cafe has some of the best bread you will find outside of Vietnam there is only one downside: it costs about 7 SGD (120,000 VND), about 10 times the price you will get in Saigon.
However, if you look beyond the price, the authenticity of the flavors, textures and ingredients will remind you of Vietnam. This is where Singaporeans come back from a trip to Vietnam to capture their favorite food moments. Vietnamese expatriates also come to this place when they begin to miss the taste of their homeland.
The bread shumai will die from the giant pork ball and its vegetables. An additional condiment used here is mayonnaise, which is not commonly used in Vietnam. But it works like a charm.
The baguette is crispy yet spongy, a perfect contrast between crunch and softness in one bite. There are also a variety of fillings available, such as pork ribs, garlic chicken, roast beef, etc.
Little Vietnam Restaurant and Cafe
Located at Grandlink Square in Singapore’s Geylang district, Little Vietnam is a charming little eatery serving affordable Vietnamese food in a relaxed setting.
They are famous for their fried spring rolls, served in sets of 5, for 5 SGD (86,000 VND). Filled with chicken, vegetables and vermicelli, these rolls are a bit larger than what you’ll find in Vietnam and are deep-fried to perfection.
They have quite a large menu with services like create shrimp go for 5 SGD (86,000 VND), Lotus for 6 SGD (103,000 VND) and pho, starting at 6 SGD, depending on the toppings you choose.
The rice noodles with barbecue serving here costs about 6 SGD (103,000 VND) but the appearance and taste is exactly the same as what you find in Vietnam. It is a very popular dish in this restaurant.
Be aware that if you plan to have a beer here, you will need to reserve a table inside the restaurant due to alcohol restriction laws in Singapore. You cannot drink outside the premises. This place is very popular and often fills up so booking in advance is highly recommended.
Earlier in the article, I mentioned that if you know where to look, you can find some great Vietnamese food for almost real prices. Here are two places you might want to consider. One of them will be a bit of an adventure.
Saigon Food Street
For fans of pancakesthis is probably one of the best places in Singapore to get the authentic version of the famous Vietnamese crepe.
Located at Bukit Panjang Street Vendor Center, Saigon Food Street is essentially a stall in a residential area along with other street food stalls. This means you can choose your seat and buy multiple dishes from different stalls at the same time.
A hawker center is a Singaporean concept that concentrates many street food vendors into one complex. That is the model behind Ben Thanh Street Food Marketing Saigon’s District 1.
The pancakes in this booth costs 5 SGD (86,000 VND) and is made to order. With succulent fresh shrimp and delicious slices of pork wrapped in a razor-thin pancake, it’s as good as the best pancakes. pancakes I tried in Saigon.
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You can also find other dishes with authentic Saigon prices, like Noodle Soup for 2.5 SGD (43,000 VND) and spring rolls for 5 SGD (86,000 VND).
Thien Long Vietnam Restaurant
If you take Bui Vien and compress an entire street into one building, you get Orchard Towers, one of the worst areas of Singapore and also known colloquially as the “four floors of prostitutes”.
Made up of establishments where you can find some of the cheapest alcohol in the country, massage parlors and gogo bars, it’s also home to one of the best and affordable Vietnamese eateries best you will ever find in Singapore.
Located on the 4th floor, Thien Long is one of only two shops along the street with tables and chairs spilling out onto the aisle. That’s also where you’ll find the best Nam Vang noodles and crab cake soup in Singapore for only about 5 SGD (86,000 VND).
Although they often Noodle Soup not bad, they have a “spicy” version, which is still one of the best post-dinner suggestions I can come up with. I should also add that this restaurant doesn’t close until 4:00 am.
Video source: Eatbook
So, if you are in Singapore and suddenly feel craving for Vietnamese food at 3am, you don’t want to empty your wallet and don’t mind the chaos on the way, then go to Thien Long Vietnamese Restaurant.