House of Pho 2.99 is a vietnamese place where all the noodles and rice plates go for a remarkably cheap price of $2.99. Small menu, basically 11 items total. Number 1, Hu Tien Nam Vang was a big bowl of very good rice noodle soup with minced pork punctuated with dried shrimp, slices of lean pork, a perfect quail egg and bright shrimp cooked lightly to a tender crunchy texture. Watercress, bean sprouts make for a balanced diet. A wedge of lime for seasoning and a smokey but mild little chilli. Located upstairs of Pho Pasteur in Chinatown, where the late Nam A used to be. (That's 3 Beach Street.)
Anna's Dessert House fills a much needed niche in Chinatown for Chinese savoury snacks and dessert in a cafe setting. The steamed milk custard was fairly well made, good milky flavour, more pudding like than a quivering panna cotta. Had both hot and cold versions, like both equally, depends on mood I guess. Tiny minus: the one I ordered with ginger came plain; but somewhat forgivable, they were mobbed this afternoon, it was their first day for business. Menu includes the range of bubble tea and flavoured teas, a bunch of Chinese desserts, Cold fruit/jelly and ice cream desserts, herbal teas and steamed fortifying treats. Also a good number of dim sum-esque snacks, as well as sandwiches. Located next to Maxim's Cafe (66 Harrison Ave), looks like it's run by the guys from the nearby Quality Cafe. Hope to hear more about it as I only tried 1 thing.