Saigon Sandwich, Katong
Ever tried the Vietnamese sandwich, Bánh Mì? No? Well if you have or you haven’t you simply must get over to Katong and eat at Saigon Sandwich, Katong. This small unassuming restaurant is located at 93 East Coast Road, sort of opposite the I12 Shopping centre.
So, if you’re bored of shopping, and are a little hungry? GET HERE, that’s an order! You will not be disappointed.
This place is owned by Kelly, whose family apparently operates a Bánh Mì factory in Vietnam. She uses her very own family’s recipe for the dough to then bake the baguettes at that ungodly hour of 0500. What does the 0 stand for?
OH MY GOD IT’S EARLY.. (thanks Robin Williams – RIP)
I love her company goal; to provide fresh, healthy, and authentic Vietnamese food to our customers.
And boy does she live up to her company goal – this is great food. Let me show you some of what we ate below.
Let's start with some ISLIFEARECIPE-dia. What is a Banh Mi?
Bánh Mì is a generic Vietnamese word for bread and wheat. Originating from the good old French influence the bread for the sandwiches take the form of a short baguette, but it is a lot lighter and airy than the French variety – and you will really experience that at Sandwich Saigon, Katong, as they bake their bread every single day on-site starting at 0500am, before most of us, have an inkling of waking up.
Let's hear from Sandwich Saigon, or is it Saigon Sandwich?
Saigon Sandwich Menu (2022)
Let's see the food we've consumed Sandwich Saigon @ Katong
Starting with one of the very best sandwiches this gob has ever had in it. Kelly’s famous Saigon Special.
Man oh man this is good. Look at that baguette. See what I mean about the light and airy, but with an outside, that has a crunch, like biting on ice.
It is simply the best ever. Well done Kelly and Saigon Sandwich, Katong.
In here goes; Roast beef, pork belly, coriander, cucumber, pickled & shredded carrots, daikon, and her very own homemade fish sauce (you have to try it just for that – incredible), and then I command you to add the additional pate.
I tell you what my friends you have just ordered the very best sandwich you will likely ever have.
@ $10.80 (with pate and egg)
I simply cannot go to a Vietnamese restaurant without trying the Pho Bo if it is on the menu. And yes at Saigon Sandwich, Katong they do indeed have a variety. Again I went with the special, or Buddhist variety “make me one with everything”. Pho Bo is an institution for me. I have eaten this all over the world, I love it. Painstakingly difficult to make though. Have a go at my very own Pho Bo recipe.
Suffice it to say though, Kelly’s Saigon Sandwich version is special. It sends you back virtually to times in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Breath-taking broth.
What is a Vietnamese sandwich that you'd eat at a Saigon Cafe?
“Vietnamese Sandwich is called Bánh Mì in Vietnam, which actually uses Vietnamese baguette, a crisp-crusted light, and airy baguette bread, and transforming it into delicious variations of the submarine-style sandwich. After the French left Vietnam in the late 1950s, they left behind Banh Mi as reminders of this part of history. The most common version of Banh Mi features thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon (known as ðồ chua), cucumbers, coriander, chili peppers, pâté, mayonnaise, and various meat fillings.
Popular Bánh Mì meat fillings include steamed pork belly, pork chop, Vietnamese ham (chả lụa), etc.
We have always wondered why there are no authentic Bánh Mì shops to be found in Singapore to cater to Bánh Mì lovers. That’s why we came up with the original idea to set up Sandwich Saigon in Singapore and bake the freshest Vietnamese baguettes daily from our kitchen, and also cook the fresh meat fillings ourselves, to make the tastiest Bánh Mì for our customers.
The lady owner Kelly’s family operates a Bánh Mì factory in Vietnam, Sandwich Saigon is based on her family’s recipe to bake the baguettes from the dough that we make from scratch every morning.
Our goal is to provide fresh, healthy, and authentic Vietnamese food to our customers. We start our day from 5 o’clock in the morning to make fresh dough for baguettes and use carefully chosen fresh-from-the-market ingredients and top-quality Vietnamese fish sauce to make meat fillings such as Vietnamese ham, pork belly, and the pork chop marinated with the house-made sauce, and the meatball sautéed with the tomato-based sauce so that our customers can taste the freshness in every bite of the sandwich.
Our other signature dishes like Cõm Tấm(broken rice), Phở (rice noodle soup), Buìn (rice noodle), Gỏi Cuốn (fresh spring rolls), and Chả Giò (fried spring rolls) are also using the ingredients imported from Vietnam to maintain authentic and genuine taste.”
Text courtesy of Sandwich Saigon
Let's check out the crammed little interior of Saigon Sandwich @ Katong
Cutesy right? Yep, it is small. Unassuming. But Kely and crew surely pack a flavour punch from this little Vietnamese restaurant at Saigon Sandwich.
Next time don't walk past...
Our conclusions of Saigon Sandwich, Vietnamese food at Katong
And there you have it my review of Saigon Sandwich, Katong. Kelly and the staff are doing an amazing job here, the food is so very fresh and flavourful. Just wonderful. I truly suggest you come here and eat and believe me you will eat well. You never know I might see you there, as we’ll be back.
What are the opening times of Saigon Sandwich?
• Monday – Friday : 11.30am to 2.30pm / 5.30pm to 10.00pm
• Saturday – Sunday : 11.30am to 10.00pm