UPDATE (22/12/2017): The restaurant has closed down.
After visiting Hanoi, Vietnam in November last year for the first time in my life, I've started to have a craving for good Vietnamese food every now and then. I did an online research, landing on Hanoi Vietnamese Restaurant that's conveniently located at 100AM in Tanjong Pagar. Again, it's walkable from where I'm living.
Fresh Spring Rolls S$8.90
Vietnamese cuisine is synonymous to fresh spring rolls, or their fried counterparts. My dinner started on a low key though, especially due to the fact that the peanut sauce tasted weird. I'd very much prefer the usual dipping sauce made of fish sauce and vinegar.
As for the spring rolls themselves, the vegetables were of acceptable freshness. The shrimps could be more succulent.
Hai Phong Fish Noodle Soup S$11.90
Hailing from the third largest city in the country of origin, the fish noodle soup could well be a comfort food for many, having clear soup with mild seasonings. The rice vermicelli could be easily slurped down the throat, accompanied by pieces of fried fish fillets and crunchy beansprouts.
Stir-Fried Shrimps with Tamarind S$12.90
The star of the day was the dish featuring delectably springy and juicy shrimps laden with tamarind sauce. A burst of flavours - sweet, sour and savoury - left me truly satisfied with the offering, not to forget the slices of crunchy onions and green peppers that provided an additional layer of texture.
Viet Style Wok-Tossed Shaking Beef S$13.90
From broken rice to shaking beef, English translations of Vietnamese food may sound funny. The word "shaking" here refers to the skillful process of shaking a wok quickly to cook meat. Apparently, the dish did shook my tongue as it was too salty. The beef chunks weren't too tender, but somewhat juicy.
Viet Mixed Dessert S$5.90
The ambiguously named dessert item turned out to be a glass of fruit cocktail with cream. It was a good end to the meal as the watermelon, honeydew, orange and apple slices were fresh and bursting with juice, adequately diluting the cream that made the whole thing not heavy on the palate.
The owner of the restaurant is an elegant, humble and well-refined Vietnamese lady. Due to the lack of manpower, she made a few rounds in the dining area to ensure that everything was fine. Pika's advice: The restaurant serves the famous Cha Ca La Vong. I apologise that I didn't take note of its price. To find out more about the dish, take a look at my review on The Gourmet Corner Restaurant.
Hanoi Vietnamese Restaurant
100 Tras Street
(Daily: 12 noon - 9.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Have a nice meal,