Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Banh Mi Cafe @ Puchong & Le Banh Mi @ Hock Hin, Subang

Our quest for Vietnamese fare made by Vietnamese folk in the Klang Valley steps up: Here, we sniff out the scent of banh mi, starting with this little cafe that opened this year in a secluded section of Puchong. 

 Banh Mi Cafe is all about what it's name indicates; it's run by Cindy & her brother, both originally from Vietnam's Dong Nai province, east of Ho Chi Minh City. They've been in Malaysia for four years now & saved up enough to helm their own business.

Cindy's brother has been making banh mi for nearly two decades, ever since he was 16. Visitors to Banh Mi Cafe, located behind Columbia Asia Hospital, will be welcomed by the enticing sight & smell of baguettes baked fresh every morning, neatly stacked into a cornucopia of carbs.

Banh Mi's forte is its variety: Have your sandwiches stuffed with grilled pork, bacon, ham, chicken or even fish.

  Each basic serving starts at RM6.60, generously filled & well-complemented by pate, optional egg, pickled carrots, cucumbers, coriander leaves, soy sauce & chilli sauce.

Some people will demand to know: Is this better than what's served by the banh mi specialist that we introduced last year in Damansara Uptown? It's different; it's more rustic, which we suspect might prompt some customers to consider this inferior, especially since this costs significantly less.

The bread's sufficiently fluffy, though perhaps not sensationally so; the fillings are hearty & fresh, though they could be more flavourful; the pate might be less buttery-creamy than the best ones out there, but it's not bad for a humble, house-made version.

Worth heading to Puchong for? For fans of Vietnamese food, most likely. Keep your expectations reasonable & enjoy the peaceful neighbourhood setting here.

BanhMi Cafe also offers a few side dishes; the 'bo kho' is very satisfying, brimming with tender stewed beef served with a baguette. RM6.60. Everything here is available for takeaway too.

 Vietnamese tea & coffee are offered too; we wish the hard-working Cindy & her brother (missed out his name) all the best.

From Puchong, take a 15-minute drive to Subang to look for Lebanhmi, a stall in the Hock Hin kopitiam that seems to be owned by Malaysian Alex Lee & his Vietnamese wife.

Banh mi here is served with choices like grilled pork, chicken or fried fish, bolstered with egg, chillies & other necessities.

 A fairly fulfilling sandwich (especially since it costs a mere RM6); there's space for tweaking the components to make everything come together better, but we enjoyed it nevertheless.

 Worth travelling to Subang for? For a shot like this, sure. We're happy to find more banh mi outlets opening in more places.

Le BanhMi also serves other Vietnamese dishes; the grilled pork in betel leaves (RM4) is aromatic enough to admire. 

 BanhMiCafe The Vietnamese Baguette KL
21, Jalan Puteri 7/9, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor
Daily, 1030am-8pm

LeBanhMi
Restaurant Hock Hin, Jalan SS19/6D, Subang Jaya, Selangor
Open Wed-Mon, 830am-230pm


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28 comments:

  1. wah!! i wanna try this badly but its so far away! :'(

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    1. Ken: hopefully you can put this on your list for the next time you're in KL, ya :)

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  2. Grilled pork and egg sounds good! But why so far? :P

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    1. CK: ooo, actually i think it's only a 30-minute drive from your place on weekends :)

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  3. Ooo.. now I know where to get good Viet sandwiches! yay!

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    1. Ciki: yay, for banh mi! :D

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  4. well, it did looks tasty for the bread, hope to eat this soon~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: hope you'll enjoy the sandwiches :)

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  5. Although I do love freshly baked bread, I must admit that I am not a big fan of bread on the whole. I prefer a sandwich on a croissant, as I find it lighter and more appealing. The stew looks quite good!

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    1. Linda: ooo, i think i'm the opposite, i'm not really a fan of sandwiches in croissants (though they can be quite interesting at times) :) and yeah, the stew was beautiful :)

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  6. Oops! What happened to my comment?

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    1. Hmmm...this one got through all right.

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    2. Suituapui: good question :D

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    3. Suituapui: phew! :D

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  7. Awesome! Both places seems good...sometimes rustic is preferable in terms of flavours...will visit both places...thanx for the heads up! :D

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    1. Ulric: hope you enjoy both places! yeah, i think personal preferences will vary, and i think the owners of both places are doing their best in terms of their capability, knowledge and budget :)

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  8. Sigh why are all the banh mi places all so far away from me?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, maybe can try visiting on a weekend, when it might be easier to head to the suburbs :)

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  9. Those baguettes sure are stuffed to the brim with fillings!

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    1. The Yum List: bountifully to the max indeed! :D

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  10. oh must try this with KC Wong !😊

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    1. Big Boys Oven: hope you both enjoy this! :)

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  11. hock hin is in subang jaya.. not kampung subang right?

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    1. eksk: oops, thanks, you're right, i've just corrected it in the post :)

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  12. Is this the same with the outlet at uptown damansara utama (same row with the ship)?

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    1. Kah Kheng: no, the owners and recipes are different :)

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  13. wanna try out the Vietnamese Baguette so so much! they look good!!!

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    1. Jean: i love banh mi, it's probably my favourite type of vietnamese food, heh :D

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