Despite the name, it's the Hanoi-style dishes that new Alameda restaurant Pho Sing excels at, daveena says. She and a friend recently investigated the menu, which includes a "Ha Noi Cuisine" section along with standard pan-Vietnamese dishes like pho. Their order: bun cha Ha Noi (marinated pork with vermicelli noodles and lettuce); tom trung man (salted yolk-fried prawns); and nem cua (fried rice paper stuffed with crab and black mushrooms).
"All of it was really good," daveena says. The meal hit the right notes: savory and sweet, pungent and fresh. The tom trung, "fried prawns, gritty and funky with its salted egg yolk batter," were particularly intriguing. But shanghaikid found the fried calamari disappointing, so maybe stick with the Hanoi favorites.
Pho Sing [East Bay]
1434 Park Street, Alameda
No phone available