Try a salmon-cream cheese banh mi and more from Annam’s new menu
The noodle bar now has rice meals!
Annam Noodle Bar
2/F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) Less than a year after their first branch opened at Eastwood Mall, Annam Noodle Bar is now at Resorts World Manila. Similar to some of their branches in Singapore, the new Annam features an open dining area for a more casual, street-style feel.
While Annam Noodle Bar’s menu is still quintessentially Vietnamese, the restaurant expanded their selections and included rice dishes and other new items that explore chef Nam Nguyen’s Vietnam roots as well as flavors from the Philippines and even from the West.
Of course, the pho at Annam continues to be a star. The broth of the Chicken Pho (P290) has an unmistakable flavor from the chicken meat and bones, while also retaining a refreshing clearness that is helped by herby cilantro to keep you slurping—just the way the best pho would.
The noodle restaurant has also added rice meals to their menu. "Customers would really ask for rice when they come to our branch in Eastwood," says marketing manager Jelly Macaraeg, even when faced with a menu of excellent pho and banh mi.
Crispy Fried Turmeric Chicken, Steamed Egg Meatloaf
A must-try from their menu (composed of six different dishes, still following Annam’s rule of six), is the Crispy Fried Turmeric Chicken, Steamed Egg Meatloaf (P340). The chicken is delightfully crunchy, with a light batter that doesn’t overpower its turmeric-spiced flavor. Paired with coconut cream-infused rice, this meal will remind you of curry. It comes with a steamed egg meatloaf, which is Annam’s version of cha trung hap. Vermicelli noodles are used to bind the ground pork and eggs together while also giving it a nice chewy texture.
Selection of Viet Street Snacks
Annam also updated their small plates selection to include a sampler: the Selection of Viet Street Snacks (P280). A plate has Imperial Rolls or Annam’s version of lumpiang shanghai with a tasty blend of pork, chopped carrots, and green onions that is wrapped in netted rice paper for extra crispiness. There are also Mekong Prawn Rolls, with fresh and succulent prawns that are light and mildly sweet, with a velvety mouthfeel that contrasts well with the crisp wrapper. Chao tom or Sugar Cane Prawns complete the sampler: Prawns are minced and seasoned to be lip-smackingly briny then wrapped around a sugar cane stick for a touch of sweetness. This selection is served with nuoc cham or Vietnamese dipping sauce, like a slightly more tangy patis.
Smoked Salmon Tofu Cream Cheese
The banh mi selection has also been updated—a new addition is the Smoked Salmon Tofu Cream Cheese (P250). An East-meets-West sandwich, this banh mi has crisp toasted baguette stuffed with buttery smoked salmon, with strips of pickled radish and carrots that add a burst of acidity to cut through the richness of the cream cheese and fried tofu that adds bite.
Trio of Crispy Netted Rolls
End your meal with Annam’s newest dessert, the Trio of Crispy Netted Rolls (P200). The rolls come in three different flavors: jackfruit, sweet potato, and cassava. The fillings are creamy and only mildly sweet, with the distinct taste of the fruit making them easy to distinguish from each other (if you still can’t, the rolls are color-coded!). The contrast of the almost melt-in-your-mouth filling with the crisp wrapper make these rolls a joy to munch on.
Annam's philosophy is all about combining authentic Vietnamese-style cooking with flavors that would appeal to the avid eater. Their new menu stretches this idea, embracing local and Western flavors while still remaining Vietnamese at heart.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel