By using the freshest ingredients, So Phô strives to retain the authenticity of Vietnamese food. So Phô So Good, they say.
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Dropped by their recently opened Tampines Mall branch for a quick lunch with the boyfriend, and we were seated promptly. Since they were having a $2.80 special for appetisers, we each ordered a bowl of PHỞ ĐẶC BIỆT - Vietnamese “Pho”, Slice Beef, Slice Brisket and Beef Balls Noodle Soup - each ($8.80++), as well as their Summer Roll with Prawns and Lemongrass and Vietnamese Prawn Cakes.
I found the Vietnamese Prawn Cakes a little too oily, but dipping it into their sweet Thai chili sauce masked the oiliness a little. The Summer Rolls were refreshing, wonderfully light and well-cooked. As for the Phô, each bowl was served with a plate of bean sprouts, chili padi and lime, which when added to the broth made it even more flavourful. The rice noodles were nice and springy, and the broth was satisfying. However, the beef slices were overdone and quite tough, while the beef balls were quite bland.
Overall the food from So Phô was pretty tasty, and I wouldn’t mind returning to try their other mains and drinks.
Was on a look out for good tasting phos after trying the one at Nam Nam. The thing about phos is that it is extremely comforting especially on a cold rainy day. My mum usually likes the dry version while I always go for the noodles with soup. At So Pho, the soup broth is very light yet flavorful at the same time. It comes with a side of bean sprouts, chili padi and a slice of lime which you can add in manually, at your own comfort level. I usually throw in the lime and a small slice of chili padi jus to give the soup a little more kick. The pho is very smooth and springy. I love the texture. The meatballs are good too!
The also have a daily set menu but the noodle soup is not part of the deal. The set menu comes with a drink. I say, go for the iced lemongrass tea. It is very fragrant and refreshing.
Have yet to try the other dishes at So Pho as I always always go for their phos. Well, maybe one day, I might take the leap of faith and find myself being amazed.
The other day, my friend managed to convince us all from eating at a place he doesn’t like by suggesting So Pho – a Vietnamese restaurant located conveniently at Nex. Since our group stays near the area and I totally miss all the pho I had in Vietnam, we fulfilled his wish of eating at there.
It was the first time we ate there and I’m pretty pleased with our choice.
We first ordered their sides – spring rolls and a drumsticks-lookalike dish. The spring rolls are decent, nothing special but certainly up to standard. As for the “drumstick” dish, it has tiny bits of chestnuts in it and sugarcane as its “stick”, pretty interesting sides I would say. Then for the mains, almost all of us rationally went straight for their pho - pho with beef balls and beef slices. It costs the same as their pho with beef slices (only) and as their name goes, so pho, so good, so how could we forgo variety or speciality? Now, their pho serving is really huge as most of us couldn’t finish it. Personally, I regretted ordering this and would prefer the one with just beef slices as their beef balls weren’t as nice as I would expect. Overall, there isn’t anything to complain about the food, but there wasn’t much to compliment as well.
What I like most about So Pho was the environment. At dinner hours, we didn’t have to queue and the dining area was just cosy enough for group meet-ups. Their choice of “uniform” seems pretty creative to me as well, so casual yet apt at the same time.
With such a nice environment and decent food, it is definitely worth another visit sometime!
For those yearning for a nice bowl of great delicious Pho after returning from their Vietnam, look no further than So Pho. Then again, for those who have yet to visit Vietnam, trying the authentic tasting Pho at this diner may encourage them visit to bring forward that visit. Talk about epicurean tourism.
Chanced upon this cosy diner at the basement of JEMS after my wife suggested checking it out. And I must say the food was superb. And good news - the price just really resaonable. The service was brisk but somehow, the waitresses and waiter who attended to us don't seems to be able to speak English. But no harm done, just point at the itemized colourful menu and you are on the way to a great meal.
The Beef Pho is my personal favourite and the broth is both light and fragrant. Getting the stock right is essential and i must say tasting "transported" me back to Hanoi. Save for the incessant scooters honking and crowded busy streets. It seems the waiting staff are Vietnamese students on internship and most likely it's a Vietnamese chef that prepares the food, as it as close as it gets to the real McCoy.
What do recommend? Definitely the Beef Pho. Try also the spring rolls set and the perhaps a hotpot (for 1) if you like seafood and meat hotpot with a light broth with tinge of lemongrass.
For dessert and drinks, there is a good range to choose from. I tried the mangoes with glutinous rice, drizzled with coconut cream. While not quite like the Thai version of Khao Neuw Ma Muang, it's a nice way to end the meal. My wife had a jelly soursop drink and it was absolutely refreshing.
Payment via NETS, credit cards or cash are accepted. Can't wait to do a repeat at So Pho.