Vietnamese food in Singapore has pretty much been rather traditional and ordinary with most restaurants serving similar dishes — the most common being pho, banh mi and bun cha.
The Cao Vietnamese Cuisine restaurant opened recently on Liang Seah Street, which is a neighborhood filled with Chinese hotpot eateries. It is relatively cosy, though most seats can accommodate groups of six.
While the menu lists a variety of familiar dishes such as pho and spring rolls, there were also many uncommon dishes on the menu as well. Beverages included coffee, juices and ice-blended drinks among others.
The cao fish rice noodle soup consisted of small fish cakes, tomatoes, pineapple, bean sprouts, coriander and lime as a side. It was light and refreshing — a little tangy with a hint of fish sauce.
(Mixed Fried Pho Noodle with Chicken)
The mixed fried pho noodle with chicken was similar to shredded chicken hor fun — served dry and with a sauce that provided a savory flavor. The chicken was tender and sliced into large-sized strips .
The Hue rice dumplings with shrimp and pork was listed in the dessert section of the menu.
The blended lime juice ice was refreshing without being overly sour nor too sweet — a good palate cleanser to refresh the taste buds.
Our overall experience was positive and broadened our perspective on Vietnamese food as a whole. The restaurant is definitely a spot to try Vietnamese food in Singapore.
Cao Vietnamese Cuisine
2 Liang Seah Street