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Sunny Việt in Singapore: A journey back home

Popular spot: Many tourists try out Sunny Viet in Singapore.
Viet Nam News

Wherever you are, the thing you miss the most is your hometown. For Vietnamese who visit other countries, finding a Vietnamese restaurant is a gift.

After three weeks away from Viet Nam on an exchange programme, I missed my hometown so much. I missed the places, my family, friends and of course the food. I had planned to find a Vietnamese restaurant before I went to Singapore but was lucky to discover Huynh Quang’s lovely eatery called “Sunny Viet”.

I was with two friends from Hong Kong – Jason Lee and Angeline Jia. We were on a trip to Merlion Park to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Everything in Singapore is magnificent and the food good if not slightly expensive, but deep down, I missed Vietnamese food.

We walked to Merlion Park to find a place for dinner. Because the food there is so expensive, Jia suggested we visit “Lau Pa Sat” (18 Raffles Quay Street) where there are many small, inexpensive restaurants.

Yummy: This tasty chicken pho is a taste of home.

When we entered Lau Pa Sat, I couldn’t believe my eyes, Sunny Viet was right in the middle. 

Like other restaurants in Lau Pa Sat, Sunny Viet is placed in a cozy wooden booth with four big tables. There are many pictures of pho (chicken or breef noodle soup), smoked duck pho, bun bo Hue (Hue-style beef noodle soup), spring rolls for S$1.5 (US$1.1) each, and others. There were familiar smells of onion, soup, mint leaves, beef and chicken. 

I ordered a bowl of chicken pho for S$5 ($3.69) and my two friends chose bun bo Hue which was S$5 ($ 3.69) a bowl. After 15 minutes, Quang, the shop’s owner, brought out three irresistible dishes. After the first mouthful, I was amazed at the wonderful taste.  

Quang’s brew was just like the flavour of pho in Ha Noi. The rice noodles were soft and smooth and the soup was featured by sweet broth of chicken bones with a touch of chicken fat. Every piece of the chicken itself was soft, delicious and the taste was exactly like pho back home.

Quang said all of the ingredients were imported from Viet Nam, so that is why everything tasted so good.

My two friends who tried bun bo Hue were also delighted. “I’ve never tried anything like this before, now I know that Vietnamese food is good,” Lee said.

Jia, who has a wide knowledge of food, described how good it really was: “First, the noodles were really unique, it was quite thick like spaghetti but made from rice noodle so when I chewed it, the sweet rice melted in my mouth and created a savoury flavour.

Second, the soup was spicy but in a very special way, it was a combination of steamed bones, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, purple onion and chili. I was really impressed with the pig’s trotter and the pork pie. I’ve never tried this before and it looked weird at first but turned out the flavour was really good, the pork was really delicious mixed with peppers.” 

Quang opened Sunny Viet seven years ago right after graduating from university. "It all came to me like destiny, through many years living away from Viet Nam, I witnessed not only myself but also many Vietnamese who worked and studied here. We all missed Vietnamese food so much. From that, I came up with an idea of opening a Vietnamese restaurant.”

We said goodbye to Quang after buying some spring rolls to enjoy as we watched the Singapore National Day rehearsals. VNS


Head chef: The owner of Sunny Viet, Quang, busy making pho.
Real meal: Bun bo Hue is a hearty dish and surprised my friends from Hong Kong. — VNS Photos Ho Hoang


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