Vietnamese food in Singapore
In an interview with Conde Nast Traveller, the late and great Anthony Bourdain described his first trip to Vietnam as “life-changing…. It just seemed like another planet; a delicious one that sort of sucked me in and never let go.” I may never be half as eloquent as Bourdain when I wax lyrical about my own trips to Vietnam, but I 100% concur that Vietnamese food is culinary magic.
Our city’s melting pot of cuisines allows Singaporeans easy access to the kind of legit Vietnamese food best enjoyed on bustling curbsides in Ho Chi Minh, or hole-in-the-wall eateries in Hanoi. Though most of us may be more familiar with chain restaurants for a quick pho fix, there are plenty of Vietnamese food places in Singapore that are either owned or approved by natives if you know where to look.
These recommendations are sourced from a post on r/singapore, where the Vietnamese community in Singapore shared some of their favourite food haunts, which were then tried-and-tested by Eatbook.
1. Hanoi Cuisine
Image credit: Hanoi Cuisine
The kopitiam at Jurong East MRT Station is an unlikely address for Hanoi-style grilled pork dishes, but that’s what makes Hanoi Cuisine such a hidden gem. Apart from making their own Vietnamese sausages by hand, the pork here is also grilled over a charcoal fire for added fragrance. Find the pork served in the Bun Cha Nuong Than Hanoi ($6.50), a classic grilled meat and noodle dish, or the sausages in the Bun Doi Truong Long Heo ($7), accompanied by offal.
Address: 10 Jurong East Street 12, Jurong East MRT Station, Singapore 609690
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Tel: 8668 8468
2. Little Hanoi