When one hears of Vietnam, the first food that would come to their mind would most definitely be their banh mi, a word which translates to “bread” and the lovechild of France and Vietnam’s cultures. Made with baguette, mayonnaise, pate, cucumber, meat, pickles, chili, and cilantro, all you need to do is to take a bite on this sandwich to understand why it was tagged to be one of the best sandwiches in the world.
For a delicious and an authentic take on the famous Vietnamese delight, Banh Nam is definitely the place to go as everything – from the recipes to the ingredients used – came from the banh mi’s homeland. Even before opening its first branches in the Philippines, Banh Nam owner Henry Nguyen made sure that the quality of what they will be serving is at par with that in the ones people get to have in Vietnam.
A food stall in the heart of Paseo Center, Banh Nam’s branch in Makati is perfect for people who are on a budget and just wants a quick grub especially before and during a break at work.
Available in Banh Nam are three different variations of banh mi, all well-loved for their traditional fillings and the crusty baguette which is crispy and soft at the same time.
Banh Mi Thit Cha (P110), also known as Traditional Banh Mi, is the perfect introduction to the world of banh mi as it consists of the fillings you’d most likely find in banh mis sold in the streets of Vietnam: homemade pork liver pate, pork roll Chả lụa, and pork ham-thit cha.
Banh Mi Ga Nuong (P125), or Grilled Chicken Banh Mi, is the sandwich to have if you’re more into the healthier kinds of food. It is stuffed with homemade chicken liver pate and chicken roti, alongside the other staple fillings in the regular banh mi.
Banh Mi Heo Nuong (P130), or Roast Pork Banh Mi, is for those who would like a more sinful take on the Vietnamese sandwich. Its fillings consist of pork liver pate, grilled pork, and a drizzle of a special pork BBQ sauce. Try it if it’s your “cheat day,” because you won’t easily get enough of this banh mi.
Banh Nam also serves authentic Vietnamese coffee or ca phe made from roasted Robusta Beans. Choose between Ca Phe Sua Non (Hot Coffee) and Ca Phe Sua Da (Cold Coffee), both priced at P65 and brewed using the traditional slow drip method. Whatever your choice of drink is, though, a cup of their coffee is enough to get you through the day with its sweet and strong flavors.
However, if you’re not a big fan of coffee, you may always try their Wintermelon Tea (P60, additional P20 for popping boba), a perfect refreshment on a hot day.
Banh Nam is also offering a budget-friendly deal for those who want a complete meal. For only P160, you get a serving of a banh mi of your choice, and a 50% discount on their ca phe.
Banh Nam is at Ground Floor, Paseo Center, Paseo de Roxas Street in Salcedo Village, Makati. They also have branches in Alabang Town Center, Venice Grand Canal Mall, The Podium, and SM Southmall. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram for more information.