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While there’s no lack of good pho joints in Singapore, it’s far more challenging to find other types of Vietnamese noodles here. One example is bánh canh cua (crab noodle soup), a popular dish found in Ho Chi Minh City.

Opened in early December, an unassuming kopitiam stall in Geylang simply named Crab Noodles marks 31-year-old Nina Nguyen’s alternative Vietnamese food offering to the pho-dominated noodle scene. “It’s easy to find pho here, but a lot of my [Vietnamese] friends and myself miss the other Vietnamese food. Bánh canh cua is really famous in Ho Chi Minh City. I was thinking, why is nobody selling it in Singapore?” Based on 8days.sg’s research, the dish can only be found at a handful of restaurants here, including Moc Quan and Mrs Pho.

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