Tanjong Pagar Road may be known as Little Korea for its multitude of Korean eateries, but there's the occasional oddball that bucks the pattern. Pho Stop, a sensible little outfit sandwiched between 2 Korean barbecue eateries, churns out notable Vietnamese cuisine for those not keen on bulgogi or kimchi. Which was exactly what we were thankful for when we found ourselves stuck in the area without a brolly in the middle of a thunderstorm.
We'd thought a steaming hot bowl of soupy noodles would hit the comfort button in rainy weather, so we walked in even though Pho Stop's clean, modern aesthetic didn't quite inspire confidence for authenticity. Turned out the food was great. Not as great as Long Phung, the undisputed best Vietnamese restaurant in sg imho, but great for its centralised location, less brusque service, less shabby ambience and wallet-friendly price points.
The Cha Gio ($5.50) a cornucopia of minced root vegetables and pork mince, was a lot more meaty than I'd expected. Most Vietnamese spring rolls are 80% vegetables 20% meat, but this was the other way round. Perfectly decent but I prefer Long Phung's more authentic, vegetable-heavy version.
The Pho Ga ($8.50), Hanoi-styled chicken noodles, was flush with shredded chicken, and while the broth was delicate, it was flavourful.
The Pho Bo Tai Va Bo Vien ($9), a sumptuous beef noodles with fatty slices of beef and juicy beef balls, and an additional order of Poached Egg ($1), was full-bodied without being cloyingly saccharine.
72 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: 6534 8178
Open Mondays & Tuesdays from 11.30am to 10pm;
Wednesdays & Thursdays from 11.30am to 12midnight;
Fridays & Saturdays from 11.30am to 2am;
Closed on Sundays