Chef Minh Vietnamese Pho

So the story goes: for reasons only known to himself Ho Chi Minh native Ngo Nhu Minh called time on his estimable tenure as head chef with Macau's Wynn Palace, thereupon odysseying some 1,600 miles to Singapore to consecrate his very first namesake stall in a pullulating coffee shop at Bukit Batok East Avenue 3 last May. Two more eventuated soon after, at Ang Mo Kio and Hougang - the latter which we went a-sniffin' on this occasion.

Besides an obvious potpourri of pho-centric items being put out, Chef Minh also makes available varied vermicelli/rice dishes, Vietnamese rolls, Bánh Mì amidst others. All three outlets operate daily from 10am-9pm.

What knocked our socks off:

We found ourselves unequivocally captivated by the Dry Rice Vermicelli With Roasted Lemongrass Chicken & Spring Roll, given its sprightly mingling of concordant textures and manifoldly zestful flavours. Meanwhile, the turgescent Bì Cuốn or Summer Rolls (rice paper-bosomed pork belly, prawns cum assorted herbs) when teamed with a nippy peanut dip begat minty, crunchy and savoury simultaneously off the bat. Talk about feeling pretty darn sated, this is it baby.

Dry Rice Vermicelli With Roasted Lemongrass Chicken & Spring Roll ($6) And Summer Rolls ($5)

Other items sampled but turned out to be non-events:

Pho Beef Tender Slices ($6.50)

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Kindly clarify with stall before visiting or ordering.

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Score: 7.8/10



Mei De Coffee Shop Food Loft Hougang Mall
279 Bukit Batok East Ave 3, 721 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, 90 Hougang Avenue 10,
#01-337 #01-2823 #04-11
Singapore 650279 Singapore 560721 Singapore 538766