Need soupy noodles? Find out who makes the best Vietnamese pho in Singapore - located everywhere from Ann Siang and Tanjong Pagar, to Joo Chiat and the CBD
Pho – arguably the most iconic export of Vietnamese cuisine. We all know what goes into a bowl: tender beef slices, super tasty broth, rice noodles, spices like cinnamon and star anise, a dash of lime and fish sauce… but we also know a solid rendition of this noodle soup dish can’t just be found anywhere. Here’s where to go whenever you’re craving a slurp.
Fat Saigon Boy
Popular in the Vietnamese food scene, Fat Saigon Boy will hook you up with steaming bowls of beef, charred chicken and the vegetarian fried mushroom pho. Fans of Vietnamese cuisine will find all their favourites here, but might be surprised to discover the restaurant’s Australian roots when they chance upon bottles of Cooper’s Ale on the menu. The restaurant, helmed by Cang Lai who hails from Melbourne, shows off its Australian influences with other dishes like brioche sliders and desserts like Vietnamese tiramisu with nutted praline and coffee créme.
Fat Saigon Boy, #01-02, 51 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048441, p. 6221 6784.
One of the most aesthetically pleasing of this lot, Saigon Alley is where you can have your fill of pho and Insta-worthy opportunities too. But as hip and as contemporary as this place looks, the folks at Saigon Alley still stick to their roots, dishing out authentic bowls of pho that would make any pho fan drool.
Saigon Alley, 273 Thomson Road, Novena Gardens, Singapore 307644, p. 6256 0261. Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 12pm-11pm.
PHO 99 Vietnamese Delight
This humble Vietnamese joint is the closest to Ho Chi Minh you’ll get on our lil’ red dot. Tucked in foodie haven, Amoy Street, PHO 99 Vietnamese Delight continuously draws in the lunch crowd with their signature dish – a no-nonsense bowl of virtually oil-free pho broth. It’s a little darker than usual, but that’s because its flavours pack a punch, and it isn’t as sweet compared to other contenders on this list.
PHO 99 Vietnamese Delight, 57/58 Amoy Street, Singapore 069883. p. 6410 9600.
This no-frills joint along Joo Chiat Road is perpetually packed to the brim. For a real treat, order the pho dac biet, which comes with beef slices, beef balls, beef brisket, and a raw egg.
Long Phung, 159 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427436, p. 9105 8519.
With outlets scattered all over the island (and even across The Causeway), this accessible eatery makes satiating your pho craving a breeze. The standout dish here is, hands-down, the pho with stuffed mushroom and pork rib, and be sure to amp up your meal with some Vietnamese coffee jelly for dessert.
Pho Street, various locations.
Most pho bowls cost $7.90 here, so you won’t be doing any sort of splurging. The broth of the simple (yet satisfying) sliced beef pho has a balanced sweetness to it and is surprisingly light – so light, we wouldn’t mind helping ourselves to a second round.
Mrs Pho, 349 Beach Rd, Singapore 199570, p. 6292 0018.
Want more beef than noodles? Your wish is granted at Pho Stop. If you don’t mind forking out a little more cash, we say go for the Beef Feast Combo, which has more than just beef slices. Did we mention the soup’s MSG-free?
Pho Stop, 72 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088493, p. 6534 8178.
Pho 4 All
We can’t stop thinking about the perfectly seasoned beef slices that go into a bowl of pho here at Pho 4 All, with creations that are all Halal-certified. The broth’s quite light, so if you don’t fancy soup that’s heavy and full-bodied, this is great for you.
Pho 4 All, 7 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199074, p. 6294 0703.
The folks at Moc Quan keep things authentic by flying in ingredients from Vietnam on a weekly basis – and going so far as to import a whole oven to make their signature bahn mi! After scouring the streets of Vietnam to perfect their pho creations, the folks behind Moc Quan now whip up bowls of pho that are truly the real deal.
Moc Quan, #01-23, UE Square Shopping Mall, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917.
Located in the CBD, this outlet is (obviously) a lunch crowd favourite. We love that they’re really generous with the portions, from the large beef balls to the many beef shank slices. Excellent soup base as well, and not too ‘herby’ – which some might appreciate.
Madam Saigon, #01-26 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596, p. 6338 3831.
NamNam Noodle Bar
The restaurant’s “pho-losophy” is simple: no MSG, quick and affordable – making it ideal for the busy lunch-goer. If you love regular beef pho but want to try something even more Vietnamese, opt for the pho beef combination at the pocket-friendly price of $11. In addition to beef slices, this bowl includes beef balls, tendons and honeycomb tripe.
Northsiders aren’t left out! Hidden amongst the plethora of restaurants in the massive Nex mall is So Pho, a casual Vietnamese joint with a selection of beef and chicken phos. But if you’re feeling lazy and don’t feel like leaving your couch, So Pho lets you order in with a minimum order of $80. Pho bed and brekkie – why not?
So Pho, 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-15 Nex, Singapore 556083. p. 6636 8195. Open daily 11am-10pm.
If you’re lucky enough to be working in the food haven that’s Telok Ayer, you’ll be happy to know that you can bag yourself an excellent lunch deal at Yummy Viet. For $13.90, you’ll get a bowl of crab soup or crispy fried spring rolls, a drink of your choice and beef or chicken pho. Sounds hefty, but it’s light enough to stave off the post-lunch food coma.
Yummy Viet, 28 Smith Street, Singapore 058942. p. 6222 5191. Open daily 11am-11pm.
The Orange Lantern
Pho 4 All’s not your only Halal option for this Vietnamese staple. The Orange Lantern serves up mighty fine bowls of pho with a few unorthodox twists. If regular beef pho doesn’t do it for you, try the chilli beef noodle soup for a spicy kick.