Banhmi11 – Vietnamese baguettes
The Grub: Vietnamese baguettes filled with pork, fish or chicken in variations of marinades, served with a salad of shredded carrot, cucumber, amazing spicy sauce and lots of coriander. If you don’t feel like a bread-based lunch, you can have the same set of fillings in a noodle salad box. For something a bit more warming go for traditional Vietnamese soup, Pho: thinly sliced beef or shredded chicken in stock (made with roast cinnamon, star anise and roast cardamom), with freshly blanched rice noodles, spring onions and coriander.
The Vibe: Authentic – everything is made from scratch using local, fresh ingredients and traditional Vietnamese techniques (i.e. using caramel in marinades rather than sugar).The Pho stock is created by slow simmering chicken and beef marrow bones for 48 hours. If you want a taste of Vietnamese street food, this seems like the real deal.
The Story: Van and Anh started Banh Mi at Hackney’s Broadway Market in the summer of 2009, saying that London’s markets reminded them of those back home in Vietnam. They started with a very basic version of the Banh Mi they serve now, with just pâté, roast pork and pickles. After word spread, they expanded both their repertoire (something which they promise to keep on doing) and their locations.
The Tab: Banh Mi £5, Noodle salad box £6, Pho £6/large, £3/small
Get the low down: Tues-Fri, 11am – 3pm, Berwick Street Market, W1F; Wed and Friday, 11:30am – 3pm, Eton Avenue Market, NW3, Sat, 10am – 4pm, Broadway Market, E8, Sun, 11am – 4pm, Chatsworth Road, E5. There is also a shop open Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm, 101 Great Eastern Street; Twitter @banhmi11uk; banhmi11.com MAP
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