Monday, May 22, 2017

Discovering Bobby Chinn's My Banh Mi

Going to Vietnam is not complete without eating Pho, Banh Xeo, drinking Ca Phe Da (iced coffee), and of course, Banh Mi. In our case though, we stumbled upon a restaurant called- My Banh Mi.

Had we not walked around Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office, we wouldn't have stumbled upon this gem of a resto. However, sign outside says that it offers Vietnamese food with a modern twist. It was our third day in Saigon and truth be told, we haven't really found that great tasting Pho nor Banh Mi.


It was also close to noontime when we came across My Banh Mi although another food choice was the noodle shop that serves seafood soup noodles just a few steps away from it. However, eating hot noodles is not an option on a hot day and the noodle shop is just the typical Vietnamese street side resto with small wooden chairs and small wooden stools, sans electric fan.

And we were tickled pink upon opening the menu and seeing Chef Bobby Chinn, "larger than life." We ordered Banh Mi and noodles.


Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi, VND 85,000.

OMG upon first bite. The bread was crusty and soft at the same time, and the chicken filling tasted so refreshing. I was expecting it to be on the "heavy" side but it was so light and akin to eating salad and bread. A bit pricey compared to the regular VND 20,000 Banh Mi that you can buy on almost every street corner but the taste was super worth the thousands of VND.


Bun Thit Nuong - Rice Noodles, VND 95,000.

Another OMG moment here. The noodle salad was really refreshing with a well-balanced taste of herbs. Adding some of the chili fish sauce brings the taste to a whole new level of goodness. And that's just the noodles, there's also the tender grilled pork that reminds me of satay, sans the peanut sauce. Serving portion is good for sharing.


My Banh Mi also has instagram-worthy interiors although the light gives off a yellowish glow.





The Kitchen Goddess enjoyed her meal at My Banh Mi.

My Banh Mi
57 Nguyen Du, Ben Nghe
Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam




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