Vietnamese cuisine has always been well-loved by Metro Manila urbanites, but there’s nothing else about this cuisine that captures our hearts quite like Banh Mi.
This Vietnamese sub is perfect for every kind of foodie — from those who need a filling snack, to those who want a healthy pick-me-up.
Here are the top 8 places to get your Banh Mi fix!
GF, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(+632) 843 08 20 | Open every day from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M.
LGF, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City
(+632) 750 66 13 | Open every day from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. (Saturday until 10 P.M.)
When in need of a break from your full day of shopping, you’ll find relief in Phat Pho’s menu of Vietnamese comfort food. Other than its selection of warm bowls, you have to experience their lone Banh Mi item: the Saigon Baguette. One bite is all you’ll need to taste the cilantro, pressed meatballs, cha lua, spring onions, blended chili and liver pate, him, cheese and pickled vegetables, all lovingly sandwiched between crunchy baguette loaves.
Annam Noodle Bar
Brought to Philippine shores all the way from Singapore, this casual quick-service Vietnamese restaurant has six different Banh Mi sandwiches to choose from, all featuring traditional flavors with modern twists. Make your first one at Annam Noodle Bar be the Chili-Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi which has egg omelet and chicken floss tucked inside soft but crispy bread buns.
Banh Mi Kitchen
Banh Mi Kitchen exclusively sells Vietnamese subs, so you can expect nothing less but exciting, flavorful and out-of-the-ordinary Banh Mi. Those who like to play it safe can go for the simple yet delicious Classic Banh Mi. Those who need a hunger buster could opt for the Protein Monster which has Vietnamese barbeque pork and ham, and roast pork combined with a fluffy omelet, pickled vegetables, pate and cucumber. The Beef Rendang 2.0 is likewise a thing to experience, with its slow cooked beef and coconut milk spiked with aromatic spices.
Vina Trang Cuisine
An unsuspecting restaurant hidden within San Antonio Village, Vina Trang Cuisine will surprise you with the authentic flavors of its food which you don’t have to break the bank to experience. There are six affordable Banh Mi sandwiches to choose from — among which are the Traditional Patties, Pork Meatball and Chicken Flakes — all made with imported Vietnamese meat.
O Banh Mi
4F, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
(+632) 28 36 991 | Open every day from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. (Friday and Saturday until 10 P.M.)
LGF, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
Open every day from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M.
From the owner of Pho Hoa, O Banh Mi stays faithful to the Banh Mi’s grab-and-go concept where you can watch your sandwich being made quickly and efficiently right before your eyes. Definite must-tries are the smoky and tender BBQ Pork, the sweet Hoisin Beef, and — our guilty pleasure — Spam and Egg. A lighter option would be the Lemongrass Chicken which is just as filling without the guilt.
If it’s affordable Banh Mi you want, you can head to any of BONBanhmi’s various outlets around the Metro. You’ll get what you pay for — simple, no-frills Banh Mi which you can order with your choice of meat (grilled beef, roast pork, or chicken), or with no meat at all! They can deliver right at your doorstep too, so you don’t have to get out of the house just to have your Banh Mi cravings satisfied.
Banh Nam’s Banh Mi sandwiches come in four variants: the Traditional Banh Mi with ham, with roast pork, and with grilled chicken, and the Banh Mi Que which is a long and narrow sub with just liver pate and cilantro. Have any of these four with Banh Nam’s aromatic slow-drip Vietnamese coffee!
Streets of Saigon
Nestled within one of Maginhawa’s hip and happening food parks, One Fifty Maginhawa Food Park, Streets of Saigon serves up simple yet deeply satisfying Banh Mi. Choose among having pork, beef and chicken for your Banh Mi meat.
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Article originally appeared in Booky.