Located along Kilkenny Road in Woodville Park, Cam Wah Restaurant is known for their Vietnamese Xiu Mai Nuoc (Meatball in Tomato Soup) and Banh Canh (Rice Drop Noodle Soup). The place was popular with the locals, with a large crowd present when we visited.
This restaurant is most well-known for its Xiu Mai Nuoc, with most of its customers ordering at least one serving of it. The meatball that formed the key part of this dish was juicy, and the tomato-based soup it was served in had the degree of flavour we desired. The dish is best enjoyed with Fried Chinese Curlers to dip into the soup. Eating the curlers while they are fresh is advised as that is when they easily absorb the soup.
Xiu Mai Nuoc (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Fried Chinese Curlers (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the chef specials, their Banh Canh Ga Tom (Rice Drop Noodles with Chicken and Prawn Soup) had a generous amount of chicken and the prawns had a delightful slightly sweet taste. The rice noodles were cooked al dente and the broth subtly enhanced the flavour of the other ingredients. Bean sprouts, Asian herbs and chilli were provided to add to the dish but be careful with the chilli as it packed a potent spicy punch.
Banh Canh Ga Tom (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those that desire a rice dish, there is the Com Suon Trung (Rice with Pork and Egg). We liked that there was a generous portion of pork. The pork was cooked just right and the egg was not over-fried. There were also some pickled carrots whose sharp flavour partnered well with the pork. Accompanying the dish was soup and Nuoc cham that the pork can be dipped in to enhance its flavour.
Those that want something spicy can consider ordering the Bun Bo Hue (Chilli Beef Soup with Rice Vermicelli). Compared to the rice noodles used in the Banh Canh Ga Tom, the rice vermicelli had a softer texture. The beef was not too tough and slices of fish cake added some extra texture. The spice level of the broth should be suitable for most tastes.
Bun Bo Hue (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The ambience of the restaurant is that of a small café. The carpark at the back offers convenient off-street parking but it can fill up quickly during the peak lunch hour.