When it comes to Vietnamese food in Singapore, we might think spring rolls, banh mi and beef pho are all there is to it. But a meal at Uncle Ho Tuck Shop just might make us think again. Cheekily named after Vietnamese revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, this place was recommended by my Makan Kaki, award-winning cookbook author and founder-owner of Shermay's Singapore Fine Food, Shermay Lee. Quite the go-to workday lunch place for West Coast office workers, Uncle Ho Tuckshop is a casual, self-service eatery with the perks of free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and tonnes of natural light flooding in from their large windows. But don't expect the usual menu items – they serve predominantly Northern Vietnamese cuisine, with a focus on dishes from Hanoi. What's the difference between North and South though? I only had to order the ubiquitous beef pho (rice noodle soup) to find out. I was expecting a bowl of noodles in a murky, robust broth with fresh herbs and veggies on the side, until I was told that's Southern style, which we Singaporeans are probably more familiar with. Instead, I was served a large, steaming portion of silky-thin, flat rice noodles luxuriating in a clear broth,… Read full this story
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