Cô Chung @ Plaza Singapura

It has been a good 2 years since I last had authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Each time when my cravings comes, I would always make a trip to Ho Chi Minh City for my fooding fix. Thanks to Covid-19, the said luxury has been revoked with the International border closure. Haiz…. 🙄

I chanced upon an article featuring Cô Chung, serving authentic taste of Vietnam cuisine. Upon googling up their menu, I saw some of the food items listed and it does seem to resonate with me. That was what it prompted me to try it out.

Vietnamese cuisine offers a fragrant blend of tastes and smells, with pungent fish sauce, shrimp paste and soy sauce typically combined with a variety of fresh flavours such as lemongrass, ginger, mint, lime, basil and coriander plus spicy overtones of chilli and cinnamon.

Enjoying some of my usual favourite food fix.

Fresh Spring Rolls (gỏi cuốn)

Rice paper roll of pork belly, shrimp, noodle, veggie and herb. Best taste together with their special homemade dipping sauce.

Crispy Spring Rolls (chả giò)

Minced pork and shrimp, veggie all in a crispy roll. The fresh and crispy spring rolls are a must haves for me! It is like a package bundle deal. 😀😀

Grilled Beef In Betel Leaf (Bò Lá Lôt)

Special marinated ground beef carefully wrapped in betel leaves and grilled over charcoal. This BBQ dish is served with veggies, herb and exclusive fermented fish sauce. A little garnish with peanuts and fried shallots. The beef is super tender.

Vietnamese Nem Nuông

Nem Nuông is originally from Central Vietnam, sort of grilled pork “sausage”, served with veggies, herb and homemade sauce. It’s like prawn and meat paste wrapped round a stalk of lemongrass for the additional flavours.

Bánh Mì is a Queen of Street Food in Vietnam. Coming to Vietnam without trying it would deem your trip as incomplete.

Traditional Vietnamese Sandwich (bánh mì thịt)

Bánh Mì, also known as Vietnamese baguette or sandwich, is split lengthwise and filled with plenty of savoury Vietnamese ingredients like meats and vegetables including Chả Lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage), French jambon/pork ham, coriander/cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon, French paté, jalapeño, butter and mayonnaise.

Phở Beef Noodle Soup (Phở Bò)

Family recipe and ingredients combined with slow-cooked beef bone creates a unique beef broth. I just love the authentic beefy soup broth.

Crab Paste And Pork Vermicelli Soup (Bún Riêu)

The stock is made from prawn, pork and tomato served with vermicelli and special mixed crab ball, pork rib, shrimp and tofu. The soup stock is really flavourful and deliciously good.

Vietnamese Broken Rice (cơm tấm)

Special marinated grilled pork, sunny side up egg, egg meatloaf on top of broken rice, served with special condensed fish sauce. Simple yet flavourful.

Super Thin Vermicelli with Grilled Pork and Crushed Prawn (Bánh Hoi Thit Nuong)

The string of super thin noodles in firm texture creates unforgettable flavour when combining with special formulated fish sauce, grilled pork, crushed prawn & scallion oil on top. It’s like eating putu mayam with sweet satay pork.

Vietnamese Caramel Flan (Bánh Flan)

It tasted like non-sweetened beancurd. I would have expected it to be on a sweeter side because of the caramel. It did not do justice to this dessert.

Banana Sweet Soup (Chè Chuói)

This sweet dessert is served warm. It is actually sago with banana with peanuts without the soup. 😂

Vietnamese Milk Coffee (Cà Phê Sữa)

How I miss their thick and strong coffee. Brings back fond memories of my great time in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnamese Lime Soda (soda chanh)

Another all time favourite drink of mine. 👍

I am glad to have make this trip to Cô Chung. I really enjoyed the food here! For one moment, I felt being brought back to Vietnam. 😀

The price, though relatively reasonable compared to other Vietnamese joints like NamNam or So Pho, (to me) is still definitely on the high side compared to having it at Ho Chi Minh City for sure. Under such non-luxurious situation, this will certainly be one of my go-to place for my Vietnamese cravings fix whenever I need it!

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