Sandwich is my new best friend and it’s something that I cannot live without especially on days when I need a quick lunch or a relaxing no-cook dinner. Besides Subway’s sandwiches, NamNam Noodle Bar is probably my only preferred choice of what I call Vietnamese fast food because of its wickedly tasty pork belly banh mi. Plus the food here at NamNam are really not expensive at all whether you’re dining in or packing them to go.
I last blogged about NamNam’s banh mi in January this year and I had revisited many times since then but I hadn’t shared its revised menu with some adjustments to their pho and banh mi selections.
A look at their current menu:
They now have pho pork balls! Perfect for those who don’t consume beef.
They now use chicken pate instead of pork pate in their banh mi which isn’t a bad choice as some people may not like the stronger stench of pork liver. Ingredients for the fillings have been swapped around too to create new flavours and they have also introduced a new sardines banh mi.
The husband and I came by NamNam for a late dinner at 9pm on a weekend and decided to go ahead and order coffee though it was already late as we confidently thought ‘caffeine no longer affects us’. We were so wrong. Both of us were kept awake till 5am the next morning as we didn’t even feel a tinge of sleepiness at all, lol. So yes, that was how potent these Viet coffees were even though we were quite regular coffee drinkers!
These coffees tasted full-bodied, not as bitter as we expected and were really aromatic. The one with condensed milk was obviously nicer because of its smoother and more milky texture. Best thing was, both were subtly sweetened (‘siu dai’ style) exactly the way we liked it.
We ordered this because of the cream cheese, lol. But sad to say, we didn’t taste much of the cream cheese in it. Either the lemongrass flavour of the pork was just too overpowering or there were simply not enough cream cheese in the filling to really stand out. Overall, it was decent but just not spectacular enough.
Previously, we had enjoyed their 5-spice pork belly banh mi and now on the revised menu, they had combined the pork belly with cold cuts and chicken floss. It was like a fusion, east-meets-west kind of combination and surprisingly, everything worked out so well. There wasn’t a conflict of flavours at all. In fact, we could taste the subtle 5-spice flavour of the tender, succulent pork and the sweet chicken floss distinctively. The cold cuts simply added layers of textures to the sandwich to give it a more meaty bite. Sweet, sour, salty and savoury. Packed with a punch. Two thumbs up!
On a separate occasion, we grabbed two banh mi to go and managed to try another new flavour. The grilled chicken was tender and moist but in terms of flavour, it just wasn’t as exciting as the cold cuts and pork belly one.
No doubt, our second banh mi had got to be our top favourite – cold cuts, pork belly and chicken floss. Still as amazing as the first time we had it. Must try!
NamNam Noodle Bar @ Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
#01-55, Plaza Singapura
Tel: 6837 2234
Opening hours: 8.00am to 9.30pm daily