Mrs Pho House is a new F&B concept located almost towards the end of Rangoon Road (just slightly further down and opposite Non-Entree Dessert Cafe) that is opened by the folks behind Mrs Pho, which is still in operation at Beach Road since its inception in 2014.
Decked in a slightly more upscale design as compared to the original Mrs Pho, Mrs Pho House is also housed in a shophouse unit that is larger than the Beach Road location, hence allowing for a higher seating capacity with few tables catered for large groups. The design language for the interior still sticks pretty closely to one that replicates the small alleys of Vietnam; a concrete wall painted with a large mural greets the patron upon entry, while furnished with reflective, metallic tables and plastic stools with unfinished walls towards the back. Unlike Mrs Pho where the main stars of the menu are Pho, Mrs Pho House is more of a spot for Vietnamese communal dining (think tze-char style Vietnamese plates) with a focus on seafood and other mains, though Mrs Pho House does carry three varieties of Pho for those who has to satisfy their Pho cravings.
My dining partner and I decided to pick the Hoa’s Hot Wings as a starter to be shared. This seemingly would fit well for those who love spicy, garlicky variants of Korean fried chicken but dislikes Korean fried chicken for the thick batter used for frying. The wings here, although small, are fried similarly to the Indo-style fried chicken wings, hence not covered in too much batter yet crisp and reasonably tender. The sauce, despite not being drenched entirely on most pieces, carried enough flavour as it hints of a good balance of garlic, onion and fish sauce along with a moderate level of spiciness; pretty umami with a kick.
Banh Xeo is a Vietnamese-styled crepe which is starting to become a little bit of a more common find in Singapore than in the past. Being a savoury crepe, the crepe is essentially much of an omelette with a light and thin rice batter within with other ingredients such as meat, prawn and bean sprouts amongst others encased within. It comes served with a variety of greens on the side; in this case, we have coriander, lettuce and chilli as well as a chilli dip, though some places do offer mint leaves as well (which seemed to be missing here). To enjoy it the Vietnamese way, one is to nib a bit of the crepe and wrap the crepe with lettuce together with some of the coriander, before dipping it into the chilli. A simple medley of common ingredients that is pretty much clean-tasting but yet flavourful in its own right, we loved the slight egginess and crispness of the crepe especially at the ends, while the ingredients provided for different multitudes of texture and flavour while bound by the tangy yet lightly spicy chilli dip.
My dining partner decided to go for the Mamma’s Braised Pork, also known as Thit Kho, which is a dish that is recently gaining a bit of presence in Singapore. Served in a claypot, the dish comes with four slabs of pork belly and a braised egg. This dish is usually best eaten with rice especially by drenching the rice with its gravy, although we have opted out of that option. A very comforting option to have that is slightly more intense in flavour as compared to the Banh Xeo; the braised gravy starts off rather identical to the Chinese-style braised sauce, though albeit lighter but carries a hint of fish sauce soon after, while evoking a sense of warmth within as it slurps down the throat for the finish. The slabs of pork also came with a delightful balance of both lean and fatty meat; not too porky and definitely carries quite a bit of bite. One of the dishes that would have worked so well on a cold, rainy afternoon; we could only imagine so much …
Ever since our first visit to Mrs Pho, we got pretty much hooked to their Salty Lemonade which was perhaps one of the most interesting drinks that they have on their menu. Despite being so, the need for caffeine got us to order the Iced Vietnamese Coffee with Condensed Milk; the Vietnamese love their coffee with a deep aroma that is being compensated with a suitable level of sweetness (usually a little sweeter than Singaporean standards) and this very much fits the bill perfectly; one could definitely taste the intensity of coffee while there was just enough condensed milk to sweeten things up a little.
This is one of the places that we were pretty excited about its opening, given we had passed by the renovating shop house and seen their signage hung outside while works are still made in the interior; its branding is certainly reputable within the F&B industry of Singapore especially when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine done right with their Pho way back in the days of Mrs Pho. Mrs Pho House takes their forte in Vietnamese cuisine to the next level, offering locals Vietnamese delicacies that are rarely found in other Vietnamese stalls in Singapore. While we had not been to Vietnam, nor had tried enough places to vouch for the authenticity of the dishes served at Mrs Pho House, the quality is definitely on par with Mrs Pho’s standards (which we had revisited a couple of times) and it does give an interesting insight into Vietnamese cuisine apart from the Pho, Banh Mi and Bun Cha that we are all familiar with given its extensive menu. For those who are interested in Vietnamese fare in general, perhaps Mrs Pho House would be worth a visit; bring a friend or two, and order a few of their sides, mains and seafood for an eye-opening meal into the world of Vietnamese cuisine.
Mrs Pho House
221 Rangoon Road
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mrsphohouse