Friday, July 3, 2015

Pho Street Vietnamese Street Delight @ Westgate

Pho Street has been around since December 2013, and since then it has grown to two outlets. One at Bedok Mall and the other at Westgate, conveniently serving diners at both ends of Singapore. If you had visited Pho Street before June 2015, it is now time for a revisit! Since 2 June onwards, Pho Street proudly presents its revamped menu that is more visual and with more items.

Pho Street revamped menu

Was invited to its Westgate branch to try some of the items. Vietnamese food to me, has always been synonymous with pho and coffee. Well, there are more things out there, if one cared to try.
Singapore has been experiencing a spell of hot weather lately, and it makes one crave for iced cold drinks. Got myself a glass of Passionfruit & Basil Mojito.

Passionfruit & Basil Mojito @$3.50

The drink was refreshing and a good thirst quencher. Not too sweet and not overloaded with greens.

If you're in a party of two or more, I'd recommend getting the Vietnamese Snack Platter to munch on. A sampler of sorts, with the slightly spicy chicken skewers that tasted pretty much like a non-oily variation of satay, the well fried delectable pork rolls and a slightly salty crabcake with minced pork. Tasty on its own, hence there wasn't any need for the side dips.

Vietnamese Snack Platter - Vietnamese Crabcakes, Crispy Fried Pork Rolls, Roasted Chicken Skewers @$8.90

If you had ever wondered how does Vietnamese deep fried wings would taste like, well..wonder no more. A plate of Crispy Fried Chicken Mid-wings served with Caramelised Sweet Dip would cure any curiousity.

Crispy Fried Chicken mid-wings with caramelised sweet dip @$4.90

The wings were fried upon order, and its seasoned batter was light and very crispy. Bits of pepper can be seen in the batter. Served piping hot, with still-juicy meat intact. The sauce was slightly on the salty side so a light dip will do.

If deep fried is not your thing, then how about the evergreen Summer Rolls? A visit to a Vietnamese food place will likely feel incomplete if one does not order the rolls. Its rice wrap was slightly on the chewy side and so tightly packed. The prawns are seen through the translucent wrap, and it looked pretty attractive.

Fresh Summer Rolls with Prawn, Pork Belly & Fresh Herbs @$4.90

One bite into the rolls, and one would be transported to a garden of greens. One mouthful yields quite a bit of herbs and vermicelli. The oil from the pork belly gave it a good meaty aroma.

light healthy meal

Just when you thought we're done with snacks, there's one new item that may soon prove to be quite addictive. Crispy sesame rice crackers eaten with fragrant minced meat and spices dip. Yums. Those crunchy crackers were all imported from Vietnam.

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Sesame Rice Crackers with Fragrant Minced Meat and Spices Dip @$6.90

The man behind the menu revamp, is Chef Kenny Hà. A quiet unassuming boyish-looking chef, from Ho Chi Minh, whom had no qualms about infusing his own personal preferences into his recipes.

What's the bestseller at Pho Street, you may ask. The Pho Beef Combination has received much love and so, we just had to try one.

Pho Beef Combination - beef balls, beef slices, beef shank, beef tendons and beef tripe @$9.90

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The beef broth was tasty and slurp worthy. Liked the beef shank for its texture and taste. The tripe was good too as it was cooked down just nicely. Could do with more herbs though, so if you like a stronger herb taste, do request from the service staff so that they could add more into the bowl. Oh, don't forget to try the sweet peanut dip with the chili. For those that likes the heat, this dip is not to be missed.

If you don't eat beef, fret not. There are other non-beef options available. For example, the Dry Rice Vermicelli with Roasted Pork Chop & Spring Roll that's said to be a favourite amongst ladies. Or, the Roasted Pork Chop with Fragrant Rice for those that need rice as their primary carb.

Roasted Pork Chop with rice @$7.90

The pork chop rice didn't work for me though. Found it a tad too salty.

Haven't tried any banh mi before, so when opportunity presented itself, decided to grab it!

Banh Mi Combination - 3 meats of Pork Belly, Grilled Beef and Chicken Ham @$6.90

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Pho Street worked with its bread maker to supply the banh mi bread based on its recipe. Freshly baked and delivered on on a daily basis and toasted upon order. The sauce represented the elements of salty, sourish, sweet, and spicy. The most dominant meat taste was from the pork belly. Paired well with the pickled vegetables that cuts through the fats from the belly.

Pho Street has an unusual dessert of Cream of Mung Bean with Coconut Sauce & Crushed Peanuts.

dessert - Cream of Mung Bean with Coconut Sauce & Crushed Peanuts @$3.50

My brother thinks it tasted like 白云糕. I do agree. The taste is very similar! The mung bean was very sweet, with some waterchestnut bits. An acquired taste this one.

The Westgate outlet has an open space concept where everyone could see what you're eating, while the one at Bedok Mall is said to be more like a restaurant space with better ambience.

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Westgate outlet

Overall, the prices are reasonable and the food has hits and misses. Go for the snack platter, summer rolls for the health conscious, the beef pho for those who can and banh mi for days that you want to eat bread.

Thanks to Mei Ping for the invite and Chef Kenny for preparing our food. Not forgetting the friendly crew of Pho Street.

Pho Street @ Westgate

Address: 3 Gateway Drive, #B2-K6/K7 Singapore 608532
Instagram: @pho_street


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