Since so many people said such good things about Nam Nam Noodle Bar – the new Vietnamese restaurant, and the queue at Raffles City during lunchtime is never ending, I just had to give it a try.
The name ‘Nam Nam’ is a play of the word Viet-nam, and it is also a more budget offshoot of the Les Amis Group’s Annam Vietnamese Cuisine, helmed by Chef Nam Quoc Nguyen.
It is not difficult to see why this Vietnamese food joint is so popular. The Pho and Banh Mi toasted baguette sets are affordable for the lunch crowd – $9.90 nett with spring rolls and a drink thrown in. Yeahness to No GST and service charge! (On weekdays 10am-3pm)
The signature Pho are inspired from those in Hanoi, where the rice flour noodles are cooked with broth boiled for over 24 hours, coming in choices of Pho with chicken, beef balls, beef steak slices, beef combination or wagyu beef slices ($16.90 for this.)
And better news for me – no MSG at all. I almost had enough of irresponsible people adding too much MSG to our soups, thinking they can get away with it.
The Southern Rolls with sweet shrimps, egg and fresh herbs were unfortunately nothing to scream about, the skin being too dry and tough to bite. I suspect that the rolls are mass-prepared and left out in the open for too long a time. Its accompanying dip made of hoisin sauce fried with chicken liver was absolutely delicious though. But you cannot always depend on dips to save the day.
I love Pho, but just cannot find enough decent ones in Singapore, other those in Joo Chiat (Long Phung anytime please). For those who have not eaten Pho before, it is rather similar to the Cantonese ‘horfun’ where it may have derived name from (or some say from the French pot-au-feu beef stew.
Both the Pho Beef Steak Slices and Pho Chicken set were actually not too bad for its price, with the broth warm, lightly-sweet and tasty. The meat slices are tender thin and easy to bite, though a pity the noodles got a little clumpy.
Nam Nam Noodle Bar’s Pho may not be compared to those in Vietnam, but definitely worthy enough. It is tough to find reasonable quality food around, with a good bargain of breakfast value set priced at $5.90nett and 3-course lunch menu for $9.90nett. The Flower Crab Noodle Soup is calling out to me to try next. I will be back.
Nam Nam Noodle Bar (Raffles Place)
252 North Bridge Road #B1-46 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT), Tel: +65 6336 0550
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm Daily
2nd Branch: Wheelock Place #B2-02, 501 Orchard Road