Chom Chom, Central, Hong Kong
Chom Chom is a modern Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, Central. It is where the desert bar used to be. They haven’t changed the interior much, there is an open kitchen were diners can watch the chef in action.
I have been here a couple of times now and I have to say, I am impressed. It is possibly the best Vietnamese restaurant in Hong Kong – the flavours, the freshness of the food, and the chef is so accommodating! If you didn’t want any herbs or wanted less noodles, he was more than happy to accommodate that. Chom Chom offers diners set lunch menu, you can either get a Starter and Main for HKD82 or Main and a drink for HKD73 or Starter, Main and Drink for HKD91.
I can vouch that the fresh mint lime soda is excellent and perfect for a hot day!
The crispy spring roll – pork, mushrooms, vermicelli, vegetables and nuoc cham sauce is a great started. It is fresh and the spring roll is indeed crispy.
A colleague has tried the banh mi baguette sandwich – fresh baguette, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, chili mayo with herb pesto chicken. He absolutely enjoyed it. He has never had a banh mi before so not sure if I trust his judgement. To date, I have not had their banh mi either as they have other dishes that I would like to eat.
The signature dish – chom chom beef pho – beef broth, rare beef sirloin, slow roasted brisket is tremendously good. It was different though, not the same as that I have tried in Sydney. It was lighter, more refreshing and the fresh herbs gave it lots of flavour.
I have had the Hue Spicy Beef Noodles – spicy beef broth, roast pork, beef brisket. This is probably my favourite dish at Chom Chom, the soup has the right amount of spiciness, and the beef extremely tender.
The Hanoi-style chicken pho – light chicken broth, hand-shredded chicken, sliced lime leaves is not bad either, but I do prefer the beef pho or the hue spicy beef noodles.
Chom Chom does get extremely busy during lunch peak hour so either come early or make a reservation. We have been a couple of times during peak hour and was turned away!
Great find – really do enjoy the pho here.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 /1 0
2F, 12 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2868 3302