Uncle Ho Tuckshop has been around for a couple of years now, but recently garnered frenzied attention after President Obama's much-publicized visit to some hole-in-the-wall roadside stall in Hanoi with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. Why, you may be puzzled, would a foreign visit to another country's stall cause a local Vietnamese eatery so much buzz? Well, the POTUS dined on bun cha, a classic Hanoian street fare, and Uncle Ho's Tuckshop very cleverly capitalized on it by putting out posters claiming to serve the very thing the leader of the free world ate.
So while Uncle Ho's Tuckshop had previously drawn in an ample lunch crowd from the Pasir Panjang working hinterland, it's now impossibly crowded for lunch, and dinner. Housed in a non-descript commercial building, the ground floor canteen can now be distinguished by a small queue leading out to the main street.
Oh well, at least the turnover's fast, and so is the kitchen service. The self-serviced casual bistro serves a relatively wide range of Vietnamese fare, and while prices are reasonably easy on the wallet, the food is just so-so.
One of the best offerings here, the Fried Spring Roll ($6.50) was nicely crisp, and juicy with julienned vegetables.
For lighter, diet-friendly fare, the Summer Spring Roll ($6.50), boasting clean, clear flavours, was substantive and yummy.
The Lemongrass Chicken ($12.90) was pedestrian, with little hint of Vietnamese influence.
The Bun Bo Nam Bo ($12.90) was a refreshingly chilled melange of torn lettuce, parboiled beansprouts, poached rice vermicelli, topped with grilled beef strips and copious lashings of fried onions and peanuts. A lovely alternative to a regular salad.
Uncle Ho's Tuckshop
100 Pasir Panjang Road
Tel: 9624 5791
Open Monday to Fridays from 11am to 9pm;
Saturdays from 11am to 3pm;
Closed on Sundays