I was recently introduced to an incredible Vietnamese shop called Bánh Mì 11 thanks to my friend Boni being friends with the creators. She rounded up a few of us from work and we set off for Old Street ready to have our tastebuds wowed with a multitude of herbs and spices!
Bánh Mì 11 was created by a couple of friends who left their high-flying business careers behind in order to bring classic Vietnamese street food to the masses of our nation’s capital! Their bánh mì baguettes have received high praise and raved reviews, even the backing of some top celebrity chefs, such as Jamie Oliver and Nigel Slater.
As soon as you arrive you’re met with a wonderful smell of cooking and a cheerful hello. However the shop was quickly drawing a lunch time crowd so we got out orders in fast as we had been hankering for our fill all day!
It was extremely hard to decide on what filling to get in my baguette. I was torn between the Imperial BBQ, Fish Q and the Cracking Pork Belly, all three sounded amazing but I finally went for the BBQ option, which consisted of grilled pork, marinated in caramel and lemongrass.
They also create búns, a noodle salad and com, a rice box with sushi rice and if you’re still feeling peckish you can add on a few summer rolls filled with a variety of ingredients too!
It is all made to your specification with regards to how spicy you like it and is prepared freshly in front of your eyes.
When my Imperial BBQ arrived I dove straight in without any hesitations. The first bite was exquisite and completely unique. The pork was succulent and tender, melting in your mouth immediately. The flavour was slightly sweet and extremely moreish. Salad was cruncy and the coriander was potent, which helped transform this dish into a real Far Eastern treat!
It didn’t last long as it tasted so good but I luckily managed to snap a shot in between mouthfuls. Look at all that juicy pork! My colleagues opted for the Fish Q, which looked equally delicious, however they were too quick for the camera!
The sun is out today so hurry yourself down to Bánh Mì 11 and indulge in some of London’s finest Vietnamese cuisine!
We The Food Snobs x