Monday, January 23, 2012

Quynh Giao Quan An Viet Nam Restaurant...Sleazy, seedy..Sumptious though! =)

Joo Chiat, an area well known for it's night life and charm (both sleazy and non sleazy), is one of the more authentic places of Singapore where you can experience a part of real Singapore and not the fakey Chinatown that we have now... Undergoing a slow bohemian transformation, Joo Chiat houses a variety of restaurants, cafes and local food stalls. The lions just love strolling down Joo Chiat and observe the people and buzz that goes past this road. When it comes to Vietnamese food, the closest and most authentic Viet restaurant that one can experience would be at Quynh Giao Quan An Viet Nam Restaurant.
The first thing you notice would be the number of Viet prostitutes dining over there. But don't worry, they do not harass anybody and in fact, they add to the atmosphere of the restaurant. Nothing like eating with sinners in a humble place rather than with hypocrites in a posh place! Once the lions knew they are going to Quan An, Cute Cute's tail started spinning to bring them to the place. 
Coconut prawns

Ice Viet Tea

Gong Gong with Lemon Salt Pepper condiment
The lions started with some appetisers, coconut prawns, gong gong (a type of shell fish, refer to picture) and viet ngo hiang. (meat rolls) Surprisingly, the prawns were very fresh with a hint of coconut. It's a real steal at $12. The gong gong were also very good and unique as the lions had never eaten gong gong with lemon salt pepper condiment. The main star of the appetiser was the viet ngo hiang though. Very tasty and full of flavor, the ngo hiang was very savory but apart from the taste of mushrooms inside, other ingredients cannot be discerned which makes it a mystery to the lions in a good way.
Dried beef pho

Stir fried beef rice

Ngo Hiang
The mains came shortly after the appetisers were served. The lions tried the pho before and it was good thus they wanted to try the other mains. However, the other mains were rather average. The dried beef pho was quite bland and need more fish sauce and the stir fried beef rice was nothing fantastic. Think the lions will stick to the soup pho for the time being. Surprisingly the appetisers were the stars of Quan An. Of course, one must also try the drinks such as Viet coffee and ice viet tea there too! 
Here is our review for Quynh Giao Quan An Viet Nam Restaurant
Coffee quality: 6.5 pawprints out of 10 (Vietnam coffee)
Food quality: 7.5 pawprints out of 10 
Ambience: 7.5 pawprints out of 10

Specials that you should try: Ngo Hiang!, Gong Gong, Coconut prawns, soup pho

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address and website

Quynh Giao Quan An Viet Nam Restaurant
149 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427427
Tel: 8333 0605

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