Apart from pho and rice rolls, banh mi sandwich is also one of the must-try item when we travel to Vietnam. If you are new to it, 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. This staple grab and go sandwich is quite hearty and filling too. I had cravings for it and went around to try banh mi.
Here are the banh mi places I tried so far and may add on if I visit new places again:
1. Banh Mi Thit by Star Baguette Banh Mi Thit by Star Baguette is probably one of the good banh mi place I ever tried in Singapore so far. The shop is located at Geylang with a much bigger space as compared to other banh mi places I went so far. The eatery has a eating space for customers to dine-in. They also make their own baguettes from scratch. Thus, this explains the fresh crusty baguettes. I noticed most customers will opt for takeaway during my visit and the orders are flowing in non-stop. I ordered the Pork Banh Mi S$4.50 and Beef Banh Mi S$4.50 with less spicy option. My favourite goes to their beef banh mi with decent amount of beef flank slices and crunchy fresh vegetables stuffed in the baguette. It is packed with flavours and love the sprigs of coriander in it that elevate the freshness of the sandwich. Their pork banh mi also pretty decent with slices of ham and pork belly in it. Generous amount of filling with crispy fresh baguettes with affordable pricing here.It is one of the cheap and good ones so far. I will be back for more. That’s for sure.
Address: 543 Geylang Road,
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00AM -10:00PM
(Closed on Monday)
2. 233 Banh Mi
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. The menu is very simple and straightforward. They offer 4 types of banh mi – chicken, BBQ beef, tuna and traditional flavour.
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.
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.
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.Read more here.
Payment can be made via cash, GrabPay and NETS.
Address:216 Joo Chiat Road #01-07
Tel: +65 6694 8109
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00AM – 8:00PM
(Closed on Sunday)
3. Banh Mi Express
Bami Express is an eatery shop with simple decoration just like other banh mi shops I been before. There is a kitchen behind where they bake freshly baguettes daily. Most customers mainly office crowds will order takeaway here. There are limited table settings in front of the store so that’s explain the reason for takeaway option.
Bami Express offers 9 types of Banh mi including vegetarian option. Read more here. Their price starts from S$4.00 onwards, which i thought it is quite an affordable pricing for a meal. I ordered the Bami Saigon S$5.00 and Bami BBQ Chicken S$5.00 to try. The Bami Saigon stuffed with pate, pork ham, stew pork and chicken floss while the Bami BBQ Chicken stuffed with lemongrass grilled chicken and chicken floss. The Bami Saigon has the distinctive sourish crunch from the pickled daikon and carrots, which made the baguette tasted more crispy in terms of texture as a whole. The fillings were quite packed too.
As for the chicken version, they stuffed boneless BBQ chicken meats with a bit of smoky flavour. I can taste the lemongrass in it and this is rather fusion version of banh mi. My only complaint is that more sauces will be better though.
Payments can be made via Cash, NETS and GrabPay.
Address: 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Blk 1 #02-02
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 3:00PM
Tel: +65 6443 3079
4. Banh Mi 888Banh Mi 888 is located in United Square Shopping Mall basement and currently running half day business due to Covid-19. This eatery not only offer banh mi but also other Vietnamese cuisine. I was there around 2.30pm and the lady told me they are closed for business. But she was kind enough to ask me what I want and she will try to fulfill the order. Thus, I ordered Pork Roll with Pate Banh Mi S$7.00 for takeaway.The sandwich size is slightly smaller as compared the above banh mi places I tried and lack of crusty texture. Although the fillings were pretty decent but I am kinda disappointed with their baguette. And this sandwich does not come cheap. It is priced at S$7.00. Perhaps their other Vietnamese dishes are good but you can skip their banh mi here (based on my personal preference). Full Menu here .
I must say the lady who attended me was nice though. She still accede to my request and process my order even though she already closed for the day.
Address: United Square Shopping Mall
101 Thomson Rd,
#B1-06, Singapore 307591
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30AM – 2:00PM
If you have other banh mi places to suggest, please share so I can explore and check it out to keep this post updated as well.
Till then 🙂