Com Nam is the sister restaurant to Nam Nam. Located next to Nam Nam at Raffles City, its menu is centered around rice-based dishes. But, unlike the never-ending queues at the pho-oriented Nam Nam, Com Nam hasn't quite taken off. There's hardly a queue to get into the self-serviced eatery. Perhaps the "broken rice" concept isn't quite as distinguishing as Vietnam's national dish - the comforting pho.
The Spicy Beef Rice Noodle Soup ($9.90), loaded with beansprouts, and pork balls, was a robust mix of tangy and spicy flavours, but let down by the tough chewy thick slices of beef and undercooked beansprouts.
A must-try, the Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe ($10.90), swaddling thick slices of tender pork belly, and succulent prawns, was excellent fodder for fresh lettuce, pickled radish and julienned cucumbers. Skip the beansprouts, these had an undercooked alkalinity.
Another excellent option was the Napa Cabbage Soup ($5) sweet and delicate, and choc-a-bloc with bouncy juicy squid balls.
In contrast, the Squash Soup with Pork Ribs ($5) was middling; the pork ribs were dry-ish and soup base lacking in depth.
A beloved Vietnamese street snack, the Crispy Shrimp & Sweet Potato Fritters ($6.50) was pretty authentic. Now, if only they'd make a deshelled version.
Vietnamese Street Eats
Raffles City B1-46
252 North Bridge Road
Tel: 6334 7377
Open daily from 8am to 10pm