|Trio of Crispy Netted Rolls (P200) made of jackfruit, sweet potato, |
and cassava with coconut sauce for dipping
I love learning stories about how things came to be and was fascinated about the background of Annam Noodle Bar, a Vietnamese restaurant that recently opened in Resorts World Manila. During the pre-opening lunch for members of the media, I found out that Namnam Noodle Bar (the establishment's name in Singapore and Indonesia) was founded by director and owner Chef Nam.
Although he was born in Saigon, Nam (at age seven) and his family had to flee to Denmark in 1979 when their country fell to the communists. As he grew up, his parents made efforts to ensure their son kept his connection with Vietnamese traditions and culture.
Instilled with Vietnamese pride, Nam worked in various award-winning restaurants and hotels around the world such as the One Michelin Star Le Canard Oslo and the prestigious Sukhothai Bangkok where he became executive chef.
In 2012, after five years of careful planning and strategizing, Chef Nam's first casual quick-service noodle bar opened in Raffles City Shopping Centre. Now, his tasteful dishes are also made available in the Philippines via Annam Noodle Bar.
Following the successful debut of Annam's first branch in Eastwood City last July 2016, diners who live in and near Pasay City are also set to be transported to the vibrant cities of Saigon with a revamped menu that includes new rice dishes especially created for the Filipino palate.
The new plates include Crispy Fried Pork Chop with classic Vietnamese steamed egg meatloaf; Twice Cooked Australian Beef Brisket with Imperial Roll; Fried Fish Fillet in Tomato-Turmeric Sauce with Prawn Sugarcane; and Sauteed Pork Belly with Prawns and Fried Egg.
Additionally, Annam has introduced a unique Vietnamese classic called Shaking Beef in Pepper Hoisin Sauce (or bo luc lac) served with thick cut fries due to its influences from the French colonial period.
If you're already a fan of Annam's noodles, try the new Soy Braised Chicken Noodle with Crispy Wonton and Mekong Prawn Roll; and Bun Chai Hanoi. This is a dish made of grilled marinated pork patty and pork belly with a side of crispy Mekong prawn roll.
As to the famous banh mi, which are French-inspired Viet stuffed baguettes, Annam has three new flavors: Twice Cooked Australian Beef Brisket, Crispy Fried Turmeric Chicken, and Smoked Salmon with Tofu and Cream Cheese. All these are topped with traditional Vietnamese pickles, chicken pate, and fresh herbs. They are great to pair with the signature Vietnamese coffee made from premium robusta coffee beans.
For appetizers and side dishes, diners can choose from a selection that includes a refreshing Pomelo Salad with Prawns, Chicken and Assorted Crackers; Crispy Chicken Bites with Sriracha Mayonnaise; Banh Bao Buns (steamed buns stuffed with caramelised pork belly, egg, cucumber, and scallion); and Caramelised Crispy Chicken Wings.
Of course, what's a good meal without thirst-quenching beverages? Some of the interesting combination of tropical fruit flavors in sparkling juices are Mango-Pineapple, Passion Fruit-Soursop; and Lime-Lychee. If you're looking for some caffeine boost, go for the Salted Caramel Banana Iced Coffee or the Pandan Red Bean Iced Milk Tea instead.
Available on weekdays are ultimate dining deals with breakfast sets that are available all day, with new dishes inspired by Filipino favorites made with a twist. Options include Crispy Spam, Caramelised Pork Belly with Fried Egg, Corned Beef with Twice Cooked Beef Brisket and Fried Egg, and Caramelised Pork Belly Omelette, all topped on a crispy fried coconut rice croquette served on a hot plate. For P250, the breakfast set comes with a choice of Viet coffee, lotus tea, or tsokolate.
The weekday Value Lunch Set, priced at P350, includes Fresh Southern Rolls (prawn with pork and vegetarian), a choice of Chicken or Beef Slice Pho, and a drink. For an afternoon break, the Viet CaPhe Teatime Set includes a drink with an option of any banh mi (P200); Fried Wings with Thick Cut Fries (P200); or a dessert (P180).
Also offered are buddy dinner set meals available from 6 to 9 PM on weekdays. Order the Pho-nomenal Buddy Meal (P999) with a choice of two appetizers, choice of two pho noodles, and two drinks; or the Pho-filling Banh-dle Meal (P899) with two appetizers and drinks with an option of a pho noodle and banh mi.
Known as NamNam Noodle Bar in Singapore, the concept now has four outlets in the island-state, four other locations in Jakarta, Indonesia, and now two in the Philippines. For more information, please visit www.namnamnoodlebar.com.