Good things come in threes they say. At Whaam Banh Mi, that’s certainly the case.

Whaam Banh Mi, BBQ pork, Lemongrass chicken & Brisket
BBQ pork, Lemongrass chicken & Brisket. Yes, I do like meat.

Owner of Whaam Banh Mi Tom spent several years in Vietnam, so its safe to say he knows a thing or two about the Vietnamese sandwich banh mi. He’s also been fine crafting the recipes for over a year whilst serving as a vendor at street food festivals.

What is banh mi? It’s a French baguette in layman’s terms. But the filling is very much Vietnamese. I went with lemongrass chicken, luc lac brisket and BBQ shredded pork (£7.50). Here come the meat sweats. I can easily recommend all three; the meats are extremely tender and flavourful. Vegetarian options are provided in the form of thai fishcakes and cripsy tofu.

The first thing you’ll notice is the super crispy thin exterior of the banh mi, a typical trait of the Vietnamese baguette vs the French baguette. It makes a satisfying crunch followed by many seeds peppering your tongue. More crunch is provided by the fresh vegetables of carrot, cabbage, cucumber and shallots.

And then came the accompanying sauces of wasabi, lemon and sriarcha. Lemon was by far my favourite which gave the vegetables a zing without being too citrusy. in fact, the name Whamm reminds of Roy Lichtenstein’s infamous canvas print. Similar to this, the lemon delivers a punch. The sauces seep into the fluffy white bread giving a wonderful burst of flavour every time I took a bite.

I also had a Acai-Berry & Green Tea (£1.60) which was really refreshing on the hot summers day. They also serve a number of other fruit juices and coffees including a Vietnamese iced tea.

Acai-Berry & Green Tea
I feel healthier just reading the label.

If you’re more decisive than me you can choose one big banh mi instead of three smaller ones like I did. You’ll also find a handful of healthy Vietnamese salads. Check out the Whaam Banh Mi menu.

And with summer finally here in London, banh mi makes the perfect picnic food (Whaam Banh Mi are takeaway only). I would recommend setting up camp in Leicester Square Garden which is a short five minute walk. Located on Great Windmill Street just off Shaftsbury Avenue in Soho, the nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus. You can’t miss the shop, the facade is bright yellow!

Whaam Banh Mi, Vietnamese Sandwiches, Soho, London
Bringing a bit of colour to the streets of London!

Know what else comes good in threes? Read my ATE Street Food review to find out.

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