Located next door to Master Jin Taste of China in Croydon Park, Yen Linh Vietnamese Restaurant serves a good range of Vietnamese Cuisine. The restaurant proved to be very popular with the locals with a large crowd during the peak dinner hours. Service was still quite efficient however with our food arriving not long after we placed our order.
As expected from a Vietnamese restaurant, Yen Linh offers a good range of Pho, a Vietnamese dish consisting of beef and rice noodles in a spiced beef broth. The Rare Beef Noodle Soup we chose had tender slices of beef in a broth that had the right degree of spiced flavour. Served with the dish are Asian herbs and beansprouts that can be mixed in the soup and a lemon wedge and sliced chillies that can be used to add an extra element of flavour.
Rare Beef Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another range of dishes offered here are salad-like dishes consisting of your choice of topping to go with rice vermicelli. To eat the dish, pour the dressing provided over the ingredients then mix them up thoroughly. The rice vermicelli was cooked to al dente with the dressing providing the dish with a delectable tangy flavour. Out of the toppings available, we tried the Roast Pork which had pork cooked just right set off by crisp crackling; and the Beef Steak which was cooked to the correct doneness. My father preferred the Beef Steak option because it is tastier.
Roast Pork Vermicelli Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Beef Steak Vermicelli Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those who prefer rice dishes, the restaurant also serves a good range of rice dishes. Their Pork Chops with Rice had pork which was cooked to perfection with a subtle spiced flavour. Accompanying the dish were pickled vegetables whose sharp taste went well with the pork and a tangy dipping sauce to dip the pork in.
Pork Chops with Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for those who like beef, the diced beef in their Diced Beef Steak and Onions with Rice was cooked just right with the sauce giving it a delectable, slightly garlicy flavour. The capsicums helped to add an extra element of texture with the lettuce leaves hidden beneath the beef adding a refreshing note.
Diced Beef Steak and Onions with Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Similar to their Rice Vermicelli Salad dishes, their Combination Stir-fry with Rice Noodles had perfectly cooked seafood nicely complemented by minced pork. The sauce the noodles and the ingredients were tossed in heightened their flavour without overpowering them with a variation of the dish without pork also available.
Combination Stir-fry with Rice Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Classified as being similar to their Beef Noodle Soup dishes, the beef broth in their Chicken Noodle Soup had a milder flavour to ensure the more delicate flavour of the chicken does not get drowned out. The dish also comes with the same accompaniments that came with their Beef Noodle Soup that can be added to provide more flavour and texture.
Chicken Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Ambience of the restaurant was very good though the tables feel like they are a bit close to each other. Plenty of free parking spaces are available in the carpark located in front of the restaurant.