Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Obanhmi & Chopstix @ Damansara Uptown

Sneaking a peek at two Damansara Uptown newbies, starting with Obanhmi, producers of the best Vietnamese sandwiches available in the Klang Valley, bar none.

 Run, not walk, here: This baguette crammed with lemongrass pork, ham, pork pate, pickled radish, carrots, house-made mayo, sriracha chili sauce & cilantro seizes a spot among the tastiest things we've eaten this year. At RM11.20, it's a lunch option that's both filling & fulfilling.

 Obanhmi's cheerful chief, Hanoi native Daniel Nguyen, & his collaborators insist on soaring standards. Fab baguettes are baked fresh here (the cafe will post baking hours on its entrance), with each bite harboring a thin crisp that relents effortlessly to make way for a light, fluffy interior.

 Try the so-called "OMG" banh mi: Melt-in-the-mouth pork pate combines with thick, creamy layers of egg, ruthlessly rich but not cripplingly cloying, fashioned into a total triumph of taste & texture thanks to crunchy veggies & minced meat with herbal nuances. 

 Obanhmi's attention to detail extends to the dressing for its banh mi: Mayonnaise is painstakingly produced in-store for more natural flavors, while the chili sauce is Vietnamese, supplying a spiciness that lingers on the lips pleasantly without stinging.

 The menu's compact for now (for breakfast, Obanhmi serves baguettes with condensed milk or eggs for south of RM5), but expect more recipes like barbecued pork & skewered beef with dips in the weeks ahead. We'll be hearing more about Obanhmi, for sure.
Keep track of Obanhmi at https://www.facebook.com/OBMshop

Liquor is not available, but this Vietnamese iced coffee proves more than pleasant enough.

 If you enjoyed learning about Obanhmi in this entry, please remember to return to this site on Oct. 1, when we unveil "Eat Drink KL: 100F," the next stage in this blog's evolution, comprising a new resource that we hope this city's restaurant lovers will support; it'll be free of charge, but it'll require a substantial readership in order to become sustainable.

 Bonus Damansara Uptown stop: If Obanhmi makes you hanker for more things Asian, check out ChopstiX, where Malaysian noodles steal a soup-soaked spotlight.

 Nyonya curry asam laksa, a bit of a hybrid recipe; the broth could be more savory, but a request for extra cockles makes this nourishing enough. Can't really complain.

 The remainder of ChopstiX's menu includes chicken floss prawn noodles, fish ball loh shi fun & Marmite chicken rice; nothing wild, but the office crowd in this parking's-impossible neighborhood isn't actually the adventurous sort, right?

 Prices shouldn't spark protests at ChopstiX: Nothing exceeds RM6, for now.

O Banh Mi (serves pork),
33, Jalan SS 21/56B, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. Three doors away from The Ship.
Tel: 03-7732-8540
Open 8am-8pm daily. (Note: Closed through 5pm on Sept. 4 for renovations)

ChopstiX (no pork),
17-M, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. Same row as Village Park.
Open 11am-3pm for now; open 12pm-8pm starting Sept. 9.

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40 comments:

  1. Much as I love sandwiches, if I had to choose, I think I'd go for ChopstiX...or it will depend on the time of day.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, i guess it depends on whether you're more of a sandwich or noodle person, heh. you're right though, there are times we crave sandwiches, and other times we crave noodles. though this reminds me, while biting down on the o banh mi sandwich, i was telling the co-owner, i can't imagine anyone not falling in love with this sandwich, heh :D

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  2. Aiyooo...I think I come at the wrong time la... its tea time now.
    Looking at those beautiful sandwiches made me feel like having one now. With an iced coffee.
    I love cockles in laksa!!

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    1. Melissa: heheh, well, it's almost gonna be dinnertime soon too. if you're willing to drive to damansara uptown, o banh mi should be open until 8pm (though it's best to call ahead and check first), and you'll get a great vietnamese sandwich for dinner (with coffee, heh!). unfortunately chopstix isn't open yet so far for dinner, but it will be starting next week until 8pm also. i ordered the laksa cos it was the only item on the menu with cockles, heheh :D

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  3. I miss banh Mi but hardly venture to uptown.... Maybe I should purposely book a session at akarkarya soon!

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    1. Kelly: ya, i hate going to uptown. ended up parking kinda illegally (but not obstructing anyone) in order to get to o banh mi, heh. but ya, the banh mi here could be the perfect reward to restore your energy after a singing session. i think it's worth the effort, it's absolutely delicious :D

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  4. Banh Mi...nuff said! :D

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    1. Ulric: heh, I'll add a few more words to that ... The best banh mi in town! =)

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  5. Have yet to try a banh mi although I heard good stuff about the Vietnamese sandwich. Almost had one at Publika today. Although it is a must (?) to have cilantro, but can we omit them out?

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    1. Chong: the publika one is ok, but it has its limitations cos it doesn't serve pork. oops, i hate to compare one business to another, but this new one at damansara uptown really would be my top choice, cos its complexity of flavor is deeper and its bread and fillings have a wonderful texture. But sure, I guess you can request that they hold the cilantro =)

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  6. This is so, so, so tempting! especially the nyonya curry asam laksa

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    1. Cquek: heheh, I hope the laksa would live up to the expectations of a penangite such as yourself =)

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  7. I have never tried Vietnamese sandwiches. Seems like they put a lot of ingredients in them. Sounds yummy.
    And I see seehum!

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    1. CK: ya, this is really the best place to try Vietnamese sandwiches. It's so good, I wish I worked near Damansara Uptown, so I can buy sandwiches here every week, heheh =) and ya, I asked for extra seehum in the laksa :D

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  8. OMG!! Bahn mi!! With PORK!
    Gimme a OMG bahn mi now!

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    1. Rebecca: it lives up to its "OMG" name, luckily! and yep, it seems to be the only pork-packed banh mi in the klang valley right now =)

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  9. I think that Viet-Sandwitch is flooded a little too much sauce or is that it's specialty!

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    1. Wong: ooh, it is kinda saucy (heheh), but in a good way. the sauce isn't artificial-tasting or a sourish ketchup. and i think the amount of it is just right, since the fillings are very thick, heh =)

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  10. Ooo! Freshly baked baguette! Love the Vietanmese sandwiches. So awesome...certainly glad someone is doing it the real Vietnamese way.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, I wouldn't mind if this triggers the rise of more banh mi outlets, especially if those outlets do it as well as o banh mi! =)

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  11. I love the art on the walls. Freshly baked bread is so wonderful!

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    1. Linda: cheerful artwork does always brighten up a restaurant! And yep, I can't resist fresh-from-the-oven loaves either! =)

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  12. well, i think i can make this bread dish myself~ =X

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    1. Mr Lonely: try & experiment, it could be fun and the results could be tasty! =)

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  13. Never tried banh mi, but judging from your photos, it looks absolutely fantastic! Looks so fresh and appetizing.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, before this, i wasn't a major fan of the banh mi that we can find at a few other outlets in KL (though they were OK), but this one blew my mind. really loved each bite. comfort food for me. i hope to return this year, even though i generally dislike the damansara uptown area, heh =)

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  14. I love the generous filling of banh mi!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, the amount of filling seems to be more than double the amount of bread! :D

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  15. oOo I miss my viet sandwich, last was like in HCMC maybe 7-8 years back!

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    1. KY: heheh, now no need for us to fly to HCMC for banh mi ... real vietnamese banh mi has come to us in damansara uptown! =)

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  16. Chopstix - great location, but parking situation at any time of the week sucks because of the Village Park crowd. Sigh.

    Oh well.

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    1. Lifeasacynic: yeah, I guess our safest resort is to park in one of those office basements. I've done that before, and there seems to be sufficient visitors' parking. But would rather park outdoors if possible, heh =)

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  17. I like the looks of it. The layout appeals to me quite a bit. I think I'll check this out too...

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    1. Sycookies: hope you enjoy it! yeah, cheerful environment, conducive for happy eating :D

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  18. wow, the banh mi is so filling!
    Argh.. feeling so hungry looking at it now.

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    1. Summerkid: ya, one banh mi will definitely be enough to satisfy! hope you managed to satisfy your hunger with something tasty =)

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  19. OH yeah, I know how yummy the Vietnamese baguettes can be and with pork fillings >>> heaven! But I have to tapau la, no parking there... pffttt!

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    1. Pureglutton: ya, i think they're trying to set up some delivery service here for areas nearby, and hopefully they'll launch more branches eventually in neighborhoods where parking is easier. i want my convenient banh mi fix, heheh :D

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  20. A recommendation of a second visit back to Obanhmi. They've just came out with a new menu - Chicken Terriyaki's Vietnamese Baguette! It still consists of the main ingredients, but add on the taste of chicken terriyaki.

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  21. Hi Brother/Sister,
    Let me introduce you all a Good orginal vietnamese Banh Mi at puchong puteri the cafe located behind Columbia Asia hospital behind row. I was try is really better then you mention 2 of this outlet. Their coffee really unforgettable too. You should try...The outlet lady boss is Vietnamese very humble and nice. the Cafe open 10.30 to 8 only.

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