Long Phung is a very popular Vietnamese restaurant in Joo Chiat, known for serving reasonably priced authentic Vietnamese food. It has a new outlet in Chinatown.
Long Phung Joo Chiat
The bustling Joo Chiat neighbourhood is home to hip cafes as well as eateries serving cheap and good food like roti prata, nasi padang, vadai, po piah and bak chang. There are also more than a few Peranakan and Vietnamese restaurants in Joo Chiat. Long Phung is perhaps the most popular Vietnamese restaurant there.
Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant is located in one of the old shophouses along Joo Chiat Road, right next to a big public carpark. The place has the feel of a streetside restaurant in Vietnam. The furniture is functional and the decor may be described as a little frilly with plastic flowers hung here and there.
With Vietnamese staff and many Vietnamese speaking customers, and Vietnamese background music playing in the restaurant, diners in Long Phung Joo Chiat can feel like they are in a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.
New Long Phung Chinatown
The new outlet of Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant in Chinatown opened in early 2023. Located in a shophouse at the junction of New Bridge Road and Smith Street, Long Phung Chinatown is smaller than Long Phung Joo Chiat. It looks like a fairly typical casual dining restaurant we find in Singapore malls.
Long Phung Menu
The menu of Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant is the same in the Joo Chiat outlet and the Chinatown branch.
The specialty is Pho but Long Phung offers much more than just the popular rice noodles in flavourful broth. A wide variety of dishes are on the menu, including pork chop rice, stir fry cockles, spring rolls, PhnomPenh Noodles and various other one dish meals and side dishes. Pictures of a few sample pages of the menu are below. More pages of the menu can be seen on the Long Phung Facebook Page.
Pho at Long Phung
We tried the Pho Dat Biet ($11.90), Pho Nam ($10.50) and Pho Heo ($10.50) at Long Phung.
Pho Dat Biet (which according to the menu means special noodle soup) was a version of pho that included beef slices, beef brisket, meatballs and egg. The broth made by simmering beef bones and various herbs and spices was rich and flavourful. The beef slices were tender and the noodles had a nice texture. Everything combined well for a delectable bowl of noodles with homely tatse.
Pho Nam and Pho Heo were pho with the same broth but with beef slices and pork slices respectively.
Spicy Beef Stew with Rice
We also tried the Spicy Beef Stew ($11) with plain steamed rice. The reddish stew looked potent but the taste was milder than we had expected. The ingredients for the stew included lemongrass, chili oil and various other spices. There was a mix of flavours that was quite unique. The beef was tender. It was a good dish to enjoy with plain rice.
The Spring Rolls & Prawn Platter ($15) and Grilled Pork Ribs ($11) allowed us to enjoy more items from the Long Phung menu.
The Grilled Pork Ribs were really very good. The marinated meat was grilled just right. The pork was tender and juicy and flavourful. A bit of the dipping sauce made the pork even more delicious.
The spring rolls and prawn balls on sugarcane sticks were nice too. The straightforward items were made more enjoyable with the dipping sauce provided.
For a complete authentic Vietnamese meal, the Cafe Den ($4.50) would be a must try. The popular Vietnamese black coffee was made by pouring hot water over a small metal filter filled with grounded coffee beans. The result was a cup of strong coffee with rich and bold flavour.
Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
The Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant is a pleasant space in a central location to enjoy good authentic Vietnamese dishes. However, if you also want to have an immersive experience, then head to Long Phung Joo Chiat – where you get good food with the atmosphere of the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Long Phung Joo Chiat
159 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 42743
Tel: +65 6440 6959
12 noon – 10.30 pm
Long Phung Chinatown
239-241, New Bridge Road, Singapore 059439
11 am – to 10 pm
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