233 Banh Mi previously occupied 233 Joo Chiat Road offering wide range of Vietnamese cuisine has now specialised in selling banh mi (Vietnamese Bread) only. The owner, Lily was there at the cashier counter taking orders and payment when we visited the eatery shop for a quick lunch. The eatery shop space is limited and they only have one row of seating spot, which can only fit 2 pax at one time. Thus, most of the customers will opt for takeaway options.
Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that is made up with crispy baguette smeared with pate, pickled vegetables, green onion, coriander/cilantro, fresh chillies and seasoning sauce. It is one of fusion Vietnamese street food that uses ingredients that have roots in old Vietnam and French colonial Vietnam.The menu is very simple and straightforward. They offer 4 types of banh mi – chicken, BBQ beef, tuna and traditional flavour. Full menu click here.We ordered the combo set priced at S$6.50 each that comes with a banh mi and a canned drink. We opted for the Vietnamese Pate Chicken Bread and Traditional Vietnamese Bread to try.
Fresh crispy baguette for both banh mi stuffed with the ingredients right on the spot upon order. But beware of the chilli stuffed in the banh mi. I forget to inform that I do not want the spicy version. Oh boy! it was fiery hot and i can feel my mouth burning instantly. I asked the owner what type of chilli they used and she shared it is just local chilli. I guess I cannot handle spicy well. But added one or two chilli slices inside the sandwich would be a good idea though.
We enjoyed both flavours and my favourite goes to their traditional flavour. The traditional flavour comes with the Vietnamese Cha Lua ( Vietnamese pork roll ). This is the most common street food in Vietnam. The sandwich concoction ingredients nicely paired up and not to miss the cilantro that gives the fresh and midly spicy flavour to it. It reminds me of the one I had during my trip to Hanoi early this year.
As for the chicken version, I thought they can have more chicken meat portions and add more pate on both banh mi. The flavours are there but somehow I still prefer the one I had at Banh Mi Thit by Star Baguette. The one I had at geylang eatery has slightly stronger seasoning flavour. And in term of pricing wise, 233 Banh Mi is S$1 more.
But to be honest, I will go back for it if I am around the area because the portion served in each banh mi is quite filling , taste profile is there and of course the pricing is reasonable.
Payment can be made via cash, GrabPay and NETS.
233 Banh Mi
216 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 6694 8109
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00AM – 8:00PM
(Closed on Sunday)