Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bánh Năm

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

On a personal note, there is no “best thing” since sliced bread. Not when sliced bread is passionately toasted and crafted to a hearty sandwich. But before the search for the next best thing, Vietnam delicacy really surprised me not in the form of rice dishes, but in sandwiches. Oh, and by the way-- Xin Chào!

As if the era of Asian expeditions began anew, I set off from the comfort of the North (nothing new there) to discover unfamiliar lands a.k.a. SM Southmall, Alabang. This brave effort was necessary to score one of the most authentic Vietnam sandwiches in the local scene. Like a true Spanish conquistador, Bánh Năm was a discovery worth recording.

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

Bánh Năm celebrated its store opening at SM Southmall to cater authentic Vietnamese sandwiches to the Filipino taste bud. To put it here bluntly, I’ve never been well-versed in Vietnamese cuisine so a Bánh Năm experience was in order. But before I got my hands on the cultural delicacies, store opening rituals opened the event. 

To tickle your minds, I’m giving a short trivia about the store: Bánh Năm came from two words, “Bánh mì”, which refers to the Vietnamese sandwich made of baguette, pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro, pate mayonnaise, and assorted meat. The “Nam” which means five, refers to the 5 flavors of Vietnam.

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

People began to circle the store, as their curious eyes wondered on Bánh Năm. I noticed that the store did well to exude a Vietnamese vibe. It's as if a quiet traditional celebration was taking part-- hungry people waiting to feast on a foreign delicacy, authentic Vietnamese chefs showcasing delicate culinary art, wooden designs that shadow a cultural scene, all in the humble space of a curious Vietnamese store

Before long, a line appeared in front of the store so I didn't waste any more time (maybe because I was already hungry, lol).

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

Bánh Năm truly delivers the authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the form of a sandwich. And maybe this is derived from the assurance that a quality meal with highly clean service is given every time. But aside from all these compliments, the main fact is that Bánh Năm, with all it's generosity in providing bountiful ingredients, is really affordable for its price. A big clap for the wallet, if you ask me.

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

I can't deny that one of the highlights of the event was that I got to devour three sandwiches and a Cà Phê Sữa đá (Iced Milk Coffee). I guess you could say that I ate them "all Bánh mì self" (see what I did there?). But really, It was the first time that I really enjoyed eating a sandwich that veered away from my staples. 

Each sandwich has their main ingredient but all were all three healthy garnishes to create an authentic Bánh mì experience. Aside from the unique flavor of the ingredients (noting the the Vietnamese Pâté here), the delicacy was harmonized with comforting Vietnamese coffee. Bánh Năm did well in creating this beautiful tandem.

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

My Bánh Năm experience ended with artistic Vietnamese gelatins. The chefs were so meticulous in crafting these works of art. They looked so good that eating them would feel wrong. But let's not kid ourselves, I'd still eat them in a heartbeat-- with a bit of admiring on the side, of course.

If you want to experience an authentic Vietnamese grab and go delicacy then Bánh Năm is the perfect place to cater to your needs. I just hope that they open soon at the Northern regions. But when given the chance, I'll definitely be back. Cám ơn rất nhiều!

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

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