Craving noodles in piping hot broth? We give you the full lowdown on the best spots for pho in Singapore.
Pho is arguably the most iconic export of Vietnamese cuisine. And 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 for your fill of pho in Singapore. Don’t read this on an empty stomach!
Best places for pho in Singapore
Missing Ho Chin Minh? Well, it’s no Mekong River, but the Singapore River is home to a Vietnamese joint that might just do the trick. Little Saigon slings out well-executed Vietnamese culinary delights like pork skewers, sugar cane prawns and beef pho, which features a flavourful beef bone broth. We also hear it’s quite the party hotspot, so if you’re looking for a fun night out, we have your winner.
Little Saigon, #01-02, Block 3E, Clarke Quay, River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
For your perfect pho fix, this is the place to be. The broth of the simple (yet satisfying) sliced beef pho has a balanced sweetness to it and is surprisingly light. So light, we won’t mind helping ourselves to a second round. For sharing plates, try the crunchy fried spring rolls and Mrs Pho cockles, a dish that warms the cockles of our hearts!
Mrs Pho, multiple locations including Beach Road and VivoCity
Fat Saigon Boy
Popular in the Vietnamese food scene, Fat Saigon Boy will hook you up with steaming bowls of beef, BBQ chicken strips and vegetarian fried tofu pho. Fans of Vietnamese cuisine will find all your favourites here! But you might be surprised to discover the restaurant’s Australian roots when you chance upon creations like Vietnamese nachos with spicy pulled pork and trifle-style tiramisu.
Fat Saigon Boy, multiple locations including Biopolis Road and Science Park
Here’s another popular Vietnamese franchise that has taken over the local dining scene with over 15 branches across the island, including heartland areas like Serangoon, Woodlands and Yishun. So if you’re in need for a quick pho fix, chances are, there’s a So Pho right around the corner.
So Pho, multiple locations including Nex and Paragon
Pho 99 Vietnamese Delight
This humble Vietnamese joint is the closest to Ho Chi Minh you’ll get on our lil’ red dot. Tucked away in foodie haven Amoy Street, Pho 99 Vietnamese Delight continuously draws in the lunch crowd with its 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 the other contenders on this list.
Pho 99 Vietnamese Delight, 57 & 58 Amoy Street, Singapore 069883
This no-frills joint in Joo Chiat 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. Not to mention, there’s a wide array of lesser-known Vietnamese dishes like bun cha (a combination of noodles and grilled pork served with a flavourful broth) and bun bo hue (spicy beef soup).
Long Phung, 159 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427436
With outlets scattered all over the island (and even across the Causeway), this accessible eatery makes satiating your pho craving a breeze. Its standout dish is hands down the signature pho beef combination, which sees five types of beef – tripe, slices, shank, tendon and meatballs. Avoid the food coma with an invigorating cup of iced Vietnamese coffee. Trust us, it’ll help you pull through the midday slump.
Pho Street, multiple locations including The Centrepoint and Chinatown Point
Want more beef than noodles? Your wish is granted at Pho Stop. Using ribeye for its beef pho, the broth here is packed with rich flavours. We say go for the beef feast combo to enjoy the ultimate pho meal, which includes brisket, ribeye and meatballs. Top off your Vietnamese meal with fresh summer rolls stuffed with prawns and chicken, plus a cup of iced coffee!
Pho Stop, #02-28, Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
The folks at Moc Quan keep things authentic by flying in ingredients from Vietnam on a weekly basis. And they’ve even imported a whole oven to create the signature bahn mi! After scouring the streets of Vietnam to perfect their pho creations, they can safely say they whip up bowls of pho that truly are the real deal.
Moc Quan, #01-23, UE Square Shopping Mall, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917
NamNam Noodle Bar
We believe NamNam Noodle Bar has made Vietnamese cuisine more accessible to diners with outlets spread across Orchard Road and City Hall. If you love regular beef pho but want to try something even more decadent, opt for the truffle rendition, which sees wagyu slices served medium-rare. Dining with a vegetarian? There’s even a meat-free bowl of pho using Impossible meat and a vegetarian broth.
NamNam Noodle Bar, multiple locations including Plaza Singapura and Raffles City
We’re lovin’ these eateries, pho real!