I don't know much about Vietnamese cuisine, honestly. I haven't been to the country (yet!) and with the few Vietnamese restaurants we have here, my knowledge is limited to Phos, baguettes and drip coffees. Well at least we now have NamNam Noodle Bar to pull us closer to the country's food culture.
A new addition to the Les Amis family, the frills-free Vietnamese brand now have two outlets in the basements of Raffles City and Wheelock Place. Get guided to a table, tick your selections, pay at the counter and wait for your order to come. Meanwhile, decide on the myriad of condiment options to go with your noodles and sandwiches.
A cousin of the traditional drip coffee, the taste was close to what we are familiar with with its condensed milk sweetness, but slightly more intense than your regualr cup of Nanyang kopi.
A little snack before the main courses, no? Wrapped with a thin, fluffy layer of flour, the savoury one was pretty good with its mix of prawns and minced pork. The other one, a translucent paper roll with prawns and raw vegetables within, made a rather refreshing appetiser. Interestingly, I was told by a Vietnamese friend that as opposed to the usual deep fried spring rolls, these are called "Summer Rolls" for their cooling effect.
We all know that baguettes is a classic example of French influence on the Vietnamese, and one that I'm glad that they have kept till today. The sandwiches here are put together upon order, thus explaining the warmed buns, fresh and crunchy vegetables with thick cuts of cold meat. Perfect for sharing if you are still hankering after the noodles.
Although I'm not sure how authentic these are, they pretty much hit the right spot for me. With the combo of beef balls, beef slices and beef tripe, the classic rice noodles were al-dente and silky, served in a light yet addictive broth that felt very comforting for the stomach. The dried version was a winner too as the beef brisket was very well-braised and drenched in a strong-tasting gravy. Toss well adn you are good to go.
With no service charge and GST absorbed in prices, a meal at NamNam is pretty affordable given the quality they produced. In fact, it's fast becoming my favourite place for a hearty bowl of beef noodles. Need to have my fix pretty soon!
Nam Nam Noodle Bar
#B1-46, Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: 6336 0500
Check out their website for menu!
Taken with iPhone 5