Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant
October 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve been getting a lot of massages lately.
A friend has recently been doing some research on spas in Singapore, so I gamely volunteered to help out with the “legwork”.
As I’m sure you all know, going to the spa is a thankless task and bloody hard work. *ahem* Certainly enough to build up a bear-sized appetite. Yet, after being thoroughly kneaded and scrubbed from head to toe, I was loathe to besmirch my squeaky clean self with oily greasy fare.
It was only the logical conclusion that we should go score us some Vietnamese grub. Grub, not grubs, though I am aware of the Viet fondness for fried ants. But it was 10.30 in the PM and most places would be closed/closing. A quick search on HGW revealed this gem of a hole-in-the-wall called Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant located off Joo Chiat Rd and smack dab in the middle of the red light district. Awesome! Food AND a show! 😉
So off we zipped in the foodmobile and found ourselves at a large car park directly behind the restaurant. Super convenient location! The surrounding area held several other Vietnamese joints, but we knew where to find it thanks to Google Maps on the iPhone. (Thanks Steve! You will be missed.) You walk right in and seat youself at any of the 10-15 tables. Don’t worry, at least one of the Vietnamese “ladies-in-waiting” will notice you and plop a menu under your nose.
Between us, we ordered the fried rolls (chả giò), salad rolls (gỏi cuốn), beef noodle soup (phở bò), pork chop cold noodles (bún thịt nướng), and iced milk coffee. Unfortunately, I was so ravenous from the back-breaking work of lying on a massage table that I forgot to take photos. Oh well. In a subsequent visit, we got the fried rolls again, 2 iced milk coffees, beef and pork rib soup noodles, and duck noodles (bún măng vịt).
Would I say that this was authentic Vietnamese fare? Having never been to Vietnam, I’m hardly in a position to draw a conclusion. However, I can tell you that it was VIETNOMS! ;D The soups for the various noodle dishes were distinctly different from each other. Beef was a sweeter soup, while the duck was more savoury. And I don’t know what the shredded green crunchy vegetable was that they generously piled on my bowl, but I liked it very much. The rolls were very good, and I suggest you get both the fried and non-fried to try as they are great in their own ways. Pork chop was marinated very well, delish! The iced milk coffee was also different from what you get at local kopitiams, although for $3, I’d have liked a much bigger mug. Pricing is reasonable at around $6 a dish; comparable to food court pricing, but better quality and flavour.
So if you’re ever in the Joo Chiat area, or heck, even if you’re not, I highly recommend Long Phung for your Viet-fix. You might even get a massage nearby, though probably of a different kind. ;p
* Note: They’ve changed their opening hours to 12noon-1am since October 2011.Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant 159 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427436 Tel: +65 6344 2005