For those working in the Mapletree Business City area, the dining choices are really getting plentiful & high-quality. Especially with Uncle Ho’s Tuckshop in the neighbourhood serving up authentic Vietnamese fare – who would even miss the CBD?
About Uncle Ho’s Tuckshop
Uncle Ho’s is a casual joint with an order-at-the-counter and collect-your food-format, being true to it’s ‘tuckshop’ name. Even so, its definitely comfortable – being air-conditioned, with a welcoming interior and plenty of space.
They serve up mainly Hanoi fare, so you will see the full range of Vietnamese classics such as banh mi, pho, spring rolls and of course, bun cha.
We started off with the Hanoi Fresh Summer Spring Rolls ($8.50 for 4 pieces). These were light and refreshing with chicken strips & prawn. Overall they were alright, good way to start the meal but nothing much to shout about.
Uncle Ho’s Authentic Bun Cha & Pho
For mains, we starting with the Hanoi Bun Cha ($13.90). For those who are unfamiliar with anything else Vietnamese other than pho & bahn mi, Bun Cha made up of a soup with fatty grilled pork in it and noodles served on the side for dipping.
This dish is Uncle Ho’s specialty for a reason. The soup was rich and savory, while the grilled pork balls were juicy and had the barbecued ‘burnt’ taste to it that really elevated the soup as well. For those that have tried this as a street food in Vietnam, you won’t be disappointed!
Be sure to soak the noodles in the soup (soba-style) to get the full flavor of the soup in.
Next up was the Beef Combo Pho ($9.90) which had generous amounts of beef slices and beef meatballs in it. I particularly enjoyed the broth which was just the right amount of umami and wasn’t too thin.
Star Dish: Tumeric Fish with Dill
Lastly, the unlikely star of the show (well, besides the Bun Cha) was the Tumeric Fish with Dill ($16.90). It doesn’t look like much but let me assure you that this dish was amazing.
The combination of tumeric & dill coating the fish, when grilled to perfection like this resulted in an awesome flavor bomb of soft, fatty, charred, herb-y goodness. Definitely one of the better fish dishes I have had in a while and at the top of my list to order again when I visit Uncle Ho’s.
All in all, this was an authentic (and affordable) Hanoi food experience and I would highly recommend it.