Good Eats

Mrs Pho @ Orchard

We were having a bandsmen reunion when our resident conductor came for a visit. He is now staying in China, so someone suggested we had Vietnamese instead.

Having run five outlets in Singapore, Mrs Pho House officially opened its doors at Takashimaya September of 2021. Mrs Pho brings the best of both Northern and Southern Vietnamese cuisine under one roof. Here’s what we ate that night.

  1. Mixed Rolls Platter | Cuôn
  2. Pomelo Salad | Gói Bu&i Tôm Sú
  3. Mrs Pho Iberico Pork Belly On Skewers | Ba Roi Iberico Nuóng Mām Mât Ong
  4. Beef Combination Pho | Phô bò dãc biêt
  5. Premium Short Rib Pho | Pho Suon bo dat biêt
  6. Grilled Scallop Viet-Style | Sò Di@p Nuóng Mö Hänh
  7. Tiger Prawn In Viet-Style Chilli Sauce | Tôm Sú Nuóng Muói Ó’t
  8. Tonkin Jasmine | Hoa Thiên Lí Xão Tói
  9. Fish Maw Crab Meat Soup | Soup Bong Bóng Cá Thit Cua
  10. Vietnamese Whelk In Tamarind Sauce | Ôc Huong Sût Me

Restaurant by the Aunties

Being born as a refugee in Vietnam in 1979 when there were no papers claiming to any state back then, Hoang Ha, Co-Founder of Mrs Pho, lived through a difficult childhood when food was scarce and his home country was in turmoil from the tails of the Third Indochina War. But his determined parents fought hard for the family’s survival despite the adversities. Fast-forward to today, he has his own restaurant and aims to bring homemade Vietnamnese food international.

The Dinner

The Taka shop is helmed by Chef Linh—a third-generation Vietnamese lady trained in various Michelin-starred restaurants in France and, of course, with her very own mom—the restaurant was brought to life with the main intention of wanting to serve traditional Vietnamese food in Singapore. Chef Linh wanted to serve familiar Vietnamese “childhood food” seldom found in Singapore, many dishes with influences from Chinese and French cuisine.

Mixed Rolls Platter | Cuôn

A collection of hand rolled summer rolls: pork and prawn, mushroom, meat ball, and fried pork spring rolls, with assorted dippings

Mixed Rolls Platter | Cuôn

The rice roll was quite thick and soggy. Not much in the roll except for the boiled vermicelli and some lettuces, the prawn and other meats were quite sparing.

Pomelo Salad | Gói Bu&i Tôm Sú

Vietnamese crystal pomelo salad with fresh tiger prawn and fresh herbs

Pomelo Salad | Gói Bu&i Tôm Sú

Didn’t have this as I could not take anything that’s from the grapefruit family as I am on medication.

Mrs Pho Iberico Pork Belly On Skewers | Ba Roi Iberico Nuóng Mām Mât Ong

Marinated juicy sliced Iberico pork belly on skewer

Mrs Pho Iberico Pork Belly On Skewers | Ba Roi Iberico Nuóng Mām Mât Ong

Skipped.

Beef Combination Pho | Phô bò dãc biêt

Sliced beef, brisket and tendon in secret recipe beef broth boiled for 12 hours

Beef Combination Pho | Phô bò dãc biêt

The soup was quite murky. The side bowl of tendon came with a ?? poached egg?

Premium Short Rib Pho | Pho Suon bo dat biêt

Grilled beef short rib with Pho spices rub and sous vide for 36 hours. Sliced beef, beef ball and tendon with secret recipe broth boiled for 12 hours

Premium Short Rib Pho | Pho Suon bo dat biêt

Again strangely murky but very flavourful broth. The short rib was fork tender and full of flavour.

Grilled Scallop Viet-Style | Sò Di@p Nuóng Mö Hänh

Grilled half-shell scallops with spring onion oil and crushed peanuts, just like in Vietnam

Grilled Scallop Viet-Style | Sò Di@p Nuóng Mö Hänh

Scallop was quite big but fresh; I can be certain that they are frozen scallops.

Tiger Prawn In Viet-Style Chilli Sauce | Tôm Sú Nuóng Muói Ó’t

Grilled live tiger prawn with Viet street style chillies sauce

Tiger Prawn In Viet-Style Chilli Sauce | Tôm Sú Nuóng Muói Ó’t

Nothing to fault.

Tonkin Jasmine | Hoa Thiên Lí Xão Tói

Stir fried tonkin Jasmine with garlic

Tonkin Jasmine | Hoa Thiên Lí Xão Tói

My favourite dish for the evening, I was surprised to get tonkin jasmine in a restaurant.

Fish Maw Crab Meat Soup | Soup Bong Bóng Cá Thit Cua

Fish maw and fresh crabmeat in chicken soup

Fish Maw Crab Meat Soup | Soup Bong Bóng Cá Thit Cua

Tasted like Chinese shark’s fin soup without the shark’s fin. Yummy

Vietnamese Whelk In Tamarind Sauce | Ôc Huong Sût Me

Vietnamese whelk with tamarind sauce in claypot

Vietnamese Whelk In Tamarind Sauce | Ôc Huong Sût Me

The whelk tasted off.

Afterthoughts

One of the regular in our group said that the quality of food has dropped tremendously. Some of the dishes like the pho and soup were reasonably delicious and given the prices, one would have expected the quality to be on par. The seafood was really below par. The service staff were very polite and attentive, but not enough to save the experience. I would just stick to the pho and soup.

Mrs Pho (Takashimaya)
391 Orchard Road, #B2-36A Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Tel : +65 9666 1357  

Visited Jan 2023

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