I don’t know why it took me so long before I actually tried the Vietnamese food at Long Phung! I’ve read blog reviews by Book Junkie and E from missusC’s reverie and I must have passed this eatery tucked at the corner along Joo Chiat umpteen times whenever I hopped over for my favourite Teochew steamboat but we never really ventured going in. After hearing friends rave again about the great Vietnamese fare at Long Phung, I decided this is it, I couldn’t miss checking this place out!
I dragged the Man down to Long Phung one Sunday evening about 8-ish. The queue was long but it moved pretty fast; our wait was approximately 20 minutes. Stuffed from our Penang food fare, we weren’t keen to order too much. A steaming bowl of Vietnamese beef pho (sans the rice noodles) was all I needed, while the Man had his full on order of the Vietnamese pho. The bowls of simple Vietnamese fare set in front of us was simple yet heart-warming. I made it a point then to head back and try out the other dishes which looked equally tempting.
After mass one day, the family again wonder where we could have a quick meal. We were missing my mom who had to stay in and look after the nephew, so I suggested Long Phung. I figured we could possibly beat the lunch crowds if we head there early. My dad who’s usually a lot more picky with food actually agreed with my suggested venue so we headed off to Long Phung. I was kinda excited again, for this time round, we had more people, this means more food that we could order and share!
And greedy we were, started off with the customary order of Vietnamese paper rolls with shrimp. I love these for they taste so fresh and healthy, just go easy with the sweet sauce.
Had to squeeze in an order of chicken wings! These were so good! I almost cannot resist any order of fried chicken wings.. hehe
I was in the mood for some more Vietnamese soup so we ordered the Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho, the sis ordered Vietnamese Stewed Pork with Rice and these a-mazing Grilled Pork with dry vermicelli.
The vermicelli ended up to be my favourite among the 3 main dishes. The char-grilled bits of the pork were crunchy; best enjoyed with the greens and dried vermicelli drizzled with the sweet chilli sauce.
Long Phung is fast becoming my go-to eatery for a quick and good Vietnamese cuisine fix. If you are in the East, do give it a try and let me know what you think.Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant Address: 159 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore Telephone: +65 6344 2005
Opening hours: 11am – 2am (Daily)