The first time I had banh mi was from a street stall in Hanoi, Vietnam. I’ll never forget that taste – herbs and veggies, tender roast pork basted in sweet/savoury sauces – all stuffed into a crispy, toasty baguette. While there are good Vietnamese restaurants in KL, it was hard to find the same taste.
A few months ago, the fam and I went to Vietnam Diem Hen, an authentic Viet place in Bandar Puteri, Puchong. I was overjoyed to see that they served Banh Mi. Unfortunately, they had run out by evening, so it wasn’t until recently that I got to try it out.
Only RM6.90! For light eaters, this is filling enough already 🙂
Moo’s classic pork charsiu banh mi. The meat was soft and moist, while the crunchy cucumber, carrots and pickled radish were fresh and crisp. Beautiful blend of textures! The charsiu sauce was sweet but not overwhelming. Almost as good as the one I had in Hanoi 😛
I had the pork bologna banh mi. This was drier, but was buttered at the bottom. Bologna slices were thick and lightly salted/peppered. Cilantro leaves gave it an almost minty kick.
Each plate is served with a complimentary glass of tea.
The food at Vietnam Diem Hen feels homecooked, but my only complaint is… their service is really slow. We were one of only two tables occupied, and they still took at least half an hour to serve the food. The same person who was making the drinks also manned the counter, collected the bills, cleaned the tables and handed out the menu.
VIETNAM DIEM HEN
10G, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri, 47100, Puchong, Selangor.
*Banh Mi not available for dinner.