Located along Days Road in Croydon Park, Sunflower Vietnamese Restaurant, as its name suggests, specialises in offering Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant was quite popular with the locals, with a crowd of a good size present when we visited on a weekday.
The pork chop in the Spicy Pork Chop in Hot Pot was cut into slices for easy eating. The pork was cooked just right and the sweet soy sauce and fish sauce it was cooked in imparted a delectable savoury flavour. Enough pepper was used to give the dish a nice degree of peppery flavour.
Spicy Pork Chop in Hot Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Salt and Pepper Bean Curd is a bit different from those often seen at Chinese restaurants. Sunflower's bean curd had a slightly chewier texture. The crisp coating of the pieces of bean curd contrasted nicely with the soft interior, and the salt and pepper seasoning was not too salty. Providing some crunch was the fried rice noodles the bean curd was served on.
Salt and Pepper Bean Curd (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The pieces of chicken in their Chicken with Chilli Lemongrass were succulent and of a generous size. There was sufficient lemongrass in the sauce to give the dish its distinctive flavour and the fresh-cut chilli packed a bit of a spicy kick. Topping the dish was crushed roasted peanuts to add a bit of crunch.
Chicken with Chilli Lemongrass (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For greens, we ordered the Garden Beans in XO Sauce. The green beans had a vibrant green colour and still retained a bit of bite. The restaurant's house-made XO sauce gave the dish its characteristic umami flavour without overwhelming the fresh taste of the beans.
Garden Beans in XO Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
During lunchtime, diners can enjoy a range of lunch specials consisting of a dish of your choice accompanied with rice, with the choice of switching to fried rice for an extra cost. If you are looking for a good place for Vietnamese cuisine while in Croydon Park, consider giving Sunflower Restaurant a try.