Monday, March 31, 2014

Nam Nam Noodle Bar - Vietnamese Fare with No MSG @ Suntec City Mall [Singapore]

Let's cut the story short by jumping straight to the topic today; my review for Nam Nam Noodle Bar, which essentially offers Vietnamese cuisine of which i have minimal exposure to. 

Till now, i have yet to try Vietnam's famous banh mi although i had a fantastic noodle experience at Pho-Stop when i was working for the Agency for Integrated Care; the dry noodles i had then totally changed my negative perception of Vietnamese food! Thanks to my ex manager, Wai Min, for the recommendation! 

Anyway, that new-found affection for Vietnamese cuisine spurred me to agree (almost immediately) when the younger sister suggested bringing my mom to Nam Nam Noodle Bar two Fridays ago.

Ordering steps as above! To summarise - queue for a table, indicate your orders on the sheet, pay at the cashier and then wait for food. Simple? Good. 

Before i start with food, i was dumb-founded to find so many bottles of sauces on the table! Honestly, i didn't use any of them since i am not sure what goes well with what! By the way, Nam Nam doesn't use MSG in that food! Karen Au, this would be the place for us to dine in the future! 

Lotus Tea
My colleague had already warned me this would be tasteless. In a way, i do agree with her even though both sister and i thought it had an aroma similar to water colour; those we used to play with when we were younger! 

Hot Coffee with Condensed Milk
Once again, i came to the conclusion that only local coffee appeals to me. Vietnamese coffee belongs to the Western genre and is way too strong for my palate. 

Chilled 3 Colour Dessert
This was very much like chendol without gula melaka! The usual me would have pushed this away after a few scoops but this was of a different class with a super rich coconuty flavour! To put it in a comparative context, i still prefer my chendol WITH gula melaka. 

Crispy Fried Chicken Wing
I wasn't expecting much from this. However, it impressed us with the layer of honey sweetness coupled with the fried fragrance of appetising sesame oil. 

Crispy Fried Banana
As the name suggested, the exterior was a crunchy affair while the interior was simply put, a hot and creamy heaven! By itself, it would have beaten quite a number of good banana fritter stalls in Singapore. Notice that white sauce by the side? 

Dip the bananas into this special concoction featuring smoked coconut and be prepared to marvel the subtle fragrance that pushes this dessert up another level! 

Lemongrass Pork Noodle
A winner always, whenever crispy pork greaves are generously dispensed. In addition to the sinful lard, i was taken aback by the deliciously marinated pork which frankly, didn't look all that appealing! 

I am 100% thrilled by what i had. With so many ingredients (many of which i didn't attempt to really check out what they were), the combination wasn't overly savoury and maintained an optimal taste balance to warrant a second visit very soon! 

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Location
3 Temasek Boulevard,
#B1-131, Suntec City Mall
[Bordering the Fountain]

Opening Hours
8am to 9.30pm daily!

Website

Menu (without pricing)
As above. Check out the website for latest pricing and promotions.

Price
Lotus Tea - S$2.60
Hot Coffee with Condensed Milk - S$2.60
Chilled 3 Colour Dessert - S$3.90
Crispy Fried Chicken Wing - S$4.90
Crispy Fried Banana - S$3.90
Lemongrass Pork Noodle - S$9.90
[Subject to GST only]

Additional Information
You can also get Vietnamese products like candies, coffee and even the special coffee drip brewer!  

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