Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been caught up with a lot of things and haven’t had time to blog. *sad face* There are so many backlogged entries! ;___; I’ll try to put them up soon before I forget.
Anyway, here’s a quick one on my recent visit to a local Vietnamese cafe near my place called Banh Mi. Yep, like the bun. Suggested to me by colleagues who have been to the place. Goes to show that you can live in a city and not know everything..
The cafe is housed in a double storey building and was packed on a Saturday afternoon – but service was fairly fast and efficient. The tables have a call button so you can ring the waiters. Since it was a really hot day, I got cold and refreshing sweet tea. It had a bit of the ‘Hacks’ flavour to it so might not be everyone’s cup of tea (hahahaha I’m so lame) but I enjoyed the taste.
Mi had lemongrass frog with rice. Served in a claypot, the sauce was packed with flavour, and the lemongrass gave it a strong aroma. Quite salty, but the meat was soft and tender.
If you’ve never had frog, it tastes like chicken. I’m not kidding. Smoother, tender-er chicken.
Pops and I had their signature pork banh mi. For those who don’t know, Banh Mi or Vietnamese sandwich is a popular staple and can be found all over Vietnam. It refers to generic breads of all kinds, but the one that we know here is the kind that uses a hard, crusty baguette. Since Vietnam was once under French rule, a lot of French influences can be found merged with the local Asian-style cuisine. The inside of the Banh Mi was stuffed with carrots, turnip, cucumber slices, ham slices and bits of roast pork with a nice balance of lean and fat.
Besides pork there are loads of other options available too like fish, chicken, ham, etc.
I think if you’re an older person, Banh Mi might not be the best dish for you. The crust is hard! And it flakes everywhere so you get a messy table :P
Rounding the meal off with something sweet – pudding with coffee. The coffee’s bitter taste offset the sweet flavour of the caramel-ly pudding.
You know how they say if a place is packed with locals, then the resto is authentic? Well we saw loads of Vietnamese at the cafe, so rest assured you’re getting some pretty awesome food. Wait can be long though esp when the place is packed.
Tel : 603-8060 0127
Opening hours: 1030am – 10pm (daily)