Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Wrap & Roll and the Obama Set
I haven't been to Wrap & Roll (#B3-19 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, tel : +65 6509 1555) because I had never been sure if the place was worth the time even though I've been curious about them. But I saw this Obama set which had apparently been created in response to a shared picture of the man having bún chả with Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi. Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer? Maybe not quite there from Wrap & Roll, but someone had been fast to capitalize on that frozen moment in time.
But as the kind wait staff had pointed out, nobody's getting the bún chả that the POTUS and Bourdain had been having. The portions that they had whipped up here weren't quite the kind that one would get in Vietnam and there was seriously way too little bún. But the sweet grilled pork was delicious with flavours that were quite akin to our local satay.
We had a gỏi xoài tôm khô. How do I even pronounce that? That really tasty mango salad with fish sauce and chilli, bits of dried shrimp, peanuts and laksa leaves?!
And then a pretty enjoyable cơm sườn nướng. How does one pronounce this again? Again tasty pork chops that might have been marinated in the same stuff as the grilled pork from their bún chả. Loved the egg pudding on the side.