Chef Jackie Nguyen is the owner cum head chef of Pho Hanoi in the Serangoon North. Graduated from ITE in Singapore and has spend more than 8 years in here, he decided to introduce North Vietnamese food. According to Chef Jackie, most of the Vietnamese food here is from Ho Chi Minh city (Southern Vietnam) and the rareness of North Vietnamese food leads to Chef Jackie to set up shop.
Located under HDB at Block 153 Serangoon North Ave 1, the establishment is decorated and furnish simple yet elegant manner. They use white background, white tables and green chairs. For small group of 2 or 4, you can choose to seat inside, while a bigger group can choose the round table outside.
We ordered Vietnamese Spring Roll Combination ($6.50) and Fresh Spring Roll ($3.50) for our starters. The fresh spring roll also known as paper roll are fresh with a springy texture wrap. The ingredients, especially the prawns are fresh and goes well with the peanut sauce and fish sauce. The combination spring rolls come with fresh spring roll, fried spring roll and fried beef roll in seaweed. The fried spring roll has a crispy texture with a bit of chewiness. While the fried beef roll has a strong gamey taste from the beef, which need some time to get used to.
For the mains, Little Devil had Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup($8.90). The soup is clear and robust, however comparing to the Southern Version such as at Nam Nam or Long Phung, it is on the lighter side. You can taste the natural sweetness of the broth, and the Wagyu beef just melts in your mouth. The rice noodle is al dante.
For me, I ordered BBQ Beef Noodle ($6.50). The beef is marinated with traditional Vietnamese flavour such as lemon grass. It is tender and succulent infused with capsicum flavour. It is good, but capsicum is not my best friend, so I just have the meat with the springy thin (bee hoon) type of rice noodle with fish sauce.
Meanwhile, my MIL ordered Mango Salad with Seafood ($6.50). The mango is slightly raw and provide the crunchiness to the dish. LD says it lacks of sourness, a bit more lime will be better. We discover that the North Vietnam food seems to be more subtle flavour in the dish compare to the South side. A few items that catch our eyes in the menu is the grill seafood. It seems to be their speciality, but we did not have a space in our tummy to try this time around. We took a mental note to come back and try this out.
Service is prompt and friendly. Overall, Chef Jackie's Pho Hanoi introduce us to a different taste of Vietnamese food. Although you feel that you have seen the dishes before, but the taste of the good will surprise you, as it is somewhat lighter and allow the ingredients to speak for itself. Pricing is very friendly to the pocket. During this short period, it seems the Pho Hanoi has immerse itself to be part of the food culture in Serangoon North Community. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $ 11 - $25
Blk 153 Serangoon North Ave 1
Tel: 6286 1919
Op Hours: Daily 11.00 – 21.30