Whenever I had Vietnamese food, my mom’s favourite joint in Chinatown, Manhattan always came to mind. To her, the pho there was better than the ones that she had tried in Vietnam thanks to the generous portion and higher quality beef.
While I might not necessarily agree with her, she does have a point. People with higher income can afford to have more nutrients besides carbs on the plate.
Back in Singapore, some Vietnamese restaurants are offering pho with more expensive Wagyu or Angus beef because they know their customers can afford and is willing to pay more for it.
However, more expensive ingredients are only one part of the equation when it comes to good food.
Recently, I ordered a food delivery from Co Chung Vietnamese Restaurant in Plaza Singapura and their food took me by surprise. The fragrance from the fish sauce was surreal.
So, I decided to pay them a visit to try more of their food.
The food tasted exactly like what one would get from a food market in Saigon. No-frills street food with no Wagyu in sight. Great for a time when travelling is practically impossible.
The pork that comes with the Vietnamese Broken Rice as well as the beef in the pho are lean, thinly sliced but tasty. In Singapore, broken rice grain, which is cheaper and considered inferior, is not as common as in neighboring countries
The Bun Rieu Cua’s broth (Crab Paste & Pork Vermicelli Soup) was also highly addictive and has strong fish sauce aroma. The ribs that we ordered to share were also perfectly grilled.
Co Chung also serves all kind of Vietnamese sandwiches (Bahn Mi), spring rolls and desserts.
The mains were affordably priced with most if not all priced below SGD 10.
I am certain this will be the first of many outlets to come.
A bit of back story, Co Chung means ‘Aunty Chung’ in Vietnamese and she is the mother of the restaurant owner. As one of the many nieces and nephews in Singapore, I would gladly recommend this place to anyone who would like to have a taste of authentic Vietnam without actually travelling there.
Co Chung – Authentic taste of Vietnam
Level B2, Unit 20
Opens every day, follows Plaza Singapura business hours
Price: Mains are mostly below SGD 10