Banh Mi UT, Church Street – The Place for Real Vietnamese Food

Banh Mi is one of the famous food in Vietnam and it is a sandwich consisting of a baguette (traditionally baked with both rice and wheat flour) filled with a variety of ingredients, typically including meat, pickled vegetables, and chili. I can understand if the shop with the name of Banh Mi which means it is specializing in selling banh mi. However, I still do not understand the meaning of “UT” behind the name. For those who knows the meaning please do PM me or leave in the comment section below.

Banh Mi UT is located at the middle of Church Street and the entire row of shophouses looks like it has undergone some revamp. Banh Mi UT prepares homestyle Vietnamese cuisine and reservation is allowed. This shop closes on every Wednesday.

The dining area of Banh Mi UT is very simple and basic, but it feels cozy to dine inside.

Pho Bo – Vietnam Beef Koay Teow Soup – RM10 (S), RM13 (L). The broth was boiled for long hours, added with beef slices, beef balls and topped with Thai Basil leaves and spring onions.

The taste of this pho soup base was light and refreshing. The beef slices were tender. My personal preference is to add in some lime juice to make the pho more appetizing.

Vietnam BBQ Pork Chop Broken Rice – RM10 (S), RM12 (L). The broken rice was served with pork chop, some veggie, pickle and steamed egg meatloaf. Serving together with the broken rice were a small bowl of soup and sweet and spicy fish sauce.

The texture of broken rice is usually more crunchy compared to normal grain rice. The pork chop was well-marinated and it tasted nice when served together with the sweet and sour fish sauce. The steamed egg meatloaf was also very fluffy and tasted delightful.

Vietnam Pork Ham Sandwich – RM9.50 (S), RM12.00 (L), the Vietnamese-style baguette was stuffed with 2 types of hams, corriander, Thai basil leaves and carrot slices.

According to the shop assistant who has limited understanding and communication with us, both types of hams are made of pork which raises my curiosity as why it comes in 2 different colors. However both types of hams tasted good and juicy when taken together with the veggie. The sauce and the texture of the banh mi are a great combination.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls – RM3.00/each, fresh veggie, bean sprouts, rice vermicelli and prawns were wrapped in thin rice papeand then served with sweet and sour fish sauce and soy sauce with chili.

The taste of Vietnamese spring roll was fresh and refreshing compared to Chinese spring rolls.

Vietnam Milk Coffee – RM5.50 (H), RM5.00 (C). The taste of the Vietnamese coffee is usually thicker and it has to be served with sweetened condensed milk. The taste would not be as good if iserved with fresh milk or evaporated milk.

Overall, the taste of the food here are good and it is a quite authentic Vietnamese cafe. The price of the food is also very reasonable. The signature dishes are beef pho and banh mi.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

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Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Corkage Charge
Credit Card
Reservation
Private Room

Operation hours: 8:00am – 9:00pm (Wednesday Closed)
Contact: 012-563 7513 (Michael Lim)
Address:No.43, Lebuh Gereja, 10200 George Town, Penang
GPS: 5.4188268,100.3376162

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