Authentic Vietnamese Food @ Bahn Mi Cafe, Bandar Puteri Puchong

When it comes to ethnic cuisine, there are a couple of hard and fast rules in identifying if a restaurant serves authentic food.

  • If the servers / staff are mostly from that ethnic group; and
  • If a large proportion of their customers are also from that ethnic group.

Banh Mi Cafe in Bandar Puteri Puchong is one of these places, and it is one of my fam’s go-to spots whenever we’re craving authentic Vietnamese chow.

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The resto has undergone some renovation since our last visit; the dining area is much more spacious now and they’ve even made a couple of raised wooden ‘gazebos’ indoors. The corner for imported Vietnamese snacks and sundry (noodles, sauces, paste, etc.) has also been upgraded. The open outdoor seating is now covered, which provides some shade from the heat in the daytime.

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Fans of Vietnamese food will recognise some firm favourites from their menu: banh mi, pork belly stew, spring rolls, shaking beef, lemongrass chicken and grilled pork chops (above), served with soup, pickled vegetables, rice and an egg/meat pate. Portions are hearty, and the grilled pork has a nice, sweet flavour.

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Another dish I recommend trying is the lemongrass chicken with fried rice. Lemongrass is a popular herb used in many Vietnamese dishes, and the flavour permeates throughout the tender, juicy whole fried chicken thigh.

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I tend to order the same dishes whenever I visit (namely banh mi). This time around, I got the pho (beef noodle soup) but requested for no beansprouts.

The noodles are nice and silky, and there are generous portions of thinly sliced beef within. I can see why people like pho coz it has a very herb-y, refreshing taste (especially for those who like basil) – but I don’t think I will be ordering this again. Nothing against the pho – it’s just my personal preference.

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Service is fast, and most of the servers speak Mandarin as well as Vietnamese. Prices have increased since the beginning of the year, but they are still within the reasonable range.

BANH MI CAFE

No.1, Jalan Puteri 7/10,Bandar Puteri Puchong,47100 Puchong, Selangor.

Tel : 603-8060 0127

Opening hours: 1030am – 10pm (daily)

Food Review: Saigon Memoir, Bandar Puteri Puchong

Aside from hotpot and dimsum places, Puchong is best known for its Vietnamese restaurants. The Moo is a big fan of Vietnamese cuisine, and we usually go to this cafe called Banh Mi for our fix, but decided to try a new place over the weekend called Saigon Memoir, in Bandar Puteri Puchong.

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The restaurant boasts a bright and cheerful look, with Vietnamese hats gracing the facade and a small herb garden at the front. The inside is a nice blend of modern and traditional , with lanterns dangling from the ceiling and black and white framed photos of everyday Vietnamese life. The cool blue walls and dim lights make for a cosy setup.

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One qualm I did have about the place was the seating arrangement. The tables were squashed so tightly together, the waitresses actually had problems maneuvering and getting the dish to the tables in the middle lol.

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In the mood for meat, so I had the Sizzling Beef Sandwich (RM18.90). The dish was served with baguette, fried egg, ham slices, veggies and herbs. You can stuff the baguette with meat – sort of like a DIY Banh Mi. The baguette’s crispy texture went well with the tender, flavourful slices of beef, and the bread was perfect for dipping into the peppery meat sauce.

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Heaven in a roll! It was filling but didn’t feel too heavy afterwards.

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Pops and the Bro both had the Grilled Lemongrass Chicken with Rice (RM15.90), which came with a humongous chicken thigh. Loved the smoky, slightly charred exterior and the juicy chicken which was cooked to perfection – albeit, the lemongrass flavour was not very pronounced.

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Moo’s Mien Ga (chicken glass noodle soup) was chock full of herbs and veggies. Did not try this because I abhor the taste of beansprouts :’D

We did have to wait awhile for the lemongrass chicken because they cook it to order, but service was otherwise fast, efficient and friendly. Food felt authentic and tasted good, and while prices are above average, the huge portions more than make up for it.

  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 4/5
  • Ambience: 3.5/5
  • Price: Average RM13+ onwards for mains

SAIGON MEMOIR 

29, Jalan Puteri 4/6, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Business hours: 10AM – 10PM (Daily)

Phone: 018-287 6065