Obanhmi @ Damansara Uptown, PJ

Hi Food Gnomes, we are back again after many weekends away. Ever since going to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) last year, gNOMe 1 and 2 have been craving for some good Vietnamese food locally. So far all the Pho here have been unsatisfactory. Another thing we never thought we would see was this EVER AGAIN.

The heavenly baguette
The heavenly baguette at Hyunh Hoa, Le Thi Rieng Street, HCMC

 

Move aside, Subway!
Move aside, Subway!

 

Banh Mi Vietnamese Style, unstacked
Banh Mi Vietnamese Style, unstacked

The gloriously delicious Banh Mi. It’s basically extremely fragrant and fresh baguettes filled with all kinds of pork, topped up with beautiful sauce. Vegetables are standard issue, unless you are a meat-a-saurus like gNOMe 1. Just to stress how good banh mi is, we walked a good 20 minutes to the shop in Le Thi Rieng street, bought 2 and went back to the hotel to nom on them. When we finished our banh mi, we decided that it’s not enough! We walked another good 20 minutes with our huge luggages to buy another 2 more, hired a cab and off we went to the airport! So when we saw the newly-opened shoplot at Uptown, we were excited and have been wanting to try. Finally we got our chance.

Frontage of the shop
Frontage of the shop

 

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The anatomy of a Banh Mi (Baguette)

 

Set Combinations
Set Combinations

 

The shop has a rather interesting design as well as reload schedules, so that one knows when the best times are to go in for a freshly-cooked baguette of goodness. It is very noteworthy that the owners of this shop are very particular when it comes to their source of ingredients: ALL of it is imported from Vietnam. This awesome Vietnamese cuisine is brought to you by 3 young Vietnamese, Daniel, Ann and Chris.

The ingredients used to form a tasty baguette
The ingredients used to form a tasty baguette

 

Coriander and a blend of tasty sauces
Coriander and a blend of tasty sauces

 

All these elements combine to form an explosion of meaty goodness in your mouth. What we were told by the people there (Vietnamese) was that there are 2 schools of thought when it comes to Banh Mi.

  • One was in the first picture taken in Ho Chi Minh, where all the elements (porky goodness that is) are overloaded into the baguette to form a huge explosion of taste and flavor in the mouth;
  • and the other is what they have done in this shop, which is to carefully choose what they put into the baguette, so as not to overload the senses and allow the eater to discern what lies within.

Both very interesting, depending on the preferences of the individual.

O Sunny!
O Sunny!

 

Say hello to the O Sunny (RM9.20)! O sunny is just the upgraded version of O School (RM8.20) with the addition of sunny side eggs. Very different from the banh mi we actually tasted in HCMC. The ones in HCMC is overloaded with pork, topped of with loads of carrots, cilantro, cream cheese and lea&perrins/maggie seasoning sauce. The ones at OBanhMi is filled with pork pate, pork ham, carrots, cilantro and chillie sauce imported all the way from Vietnam!

O.M.G. (yeah, that's its name!)
O.M.G. (yeah, that’s its name!)

 

Being a meat-o-saurus, gNOMe 1 decided to go for the OMG (RM11.20) without any vegetables. The tagline for this baguette is that “size does matter”.  I believe this is everything they have, in a bigger baguette. The fresh taste and rich flavors explode in the mouth. Eating this baguette is a very messy affair. Shows how generous they are with the portions.

Good ol Vietnamese Coffee
Good ol Vietnamese Coffee

 

Those who are well-travelled know this fact well: VIETNAMESE COFFEE IS GOOD. REALLY GOOD. PERIOD. We were not to satisfied with the hot coffee (perhaps it wasn’t strong enough), but the ice-coffee here certainly is top-notch. Refreshing and striking the right balance. Definitely a good place just for coffee (Individually priced at RM 4.00 a la carte).

Please share the news
Please share the news

 

If there is one thing this place lacks, it’s publicity. They have brilliant design and brilliant food here. So do share this around. A great food place, even by Vietnamese standards. As they have recently opened (a month and a half old), there hasn’t been much time to promote the shop. Kudos to Daniel Nguyen for being super friendly to us! He was thrilled when we said we have visited HCMC, and insisted that we visit Hanoi. He was even promoting Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue to us. Perhaps Hanoi soon huh?

VERDICT: Highly-rated and highly-recommended. Definitely coming back here, with friends. In fact, this place makes us want to visit Hanoi next.

How to get there:

33, Jalan SS21/56b, Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel : 603-7732 8540

Business Hours :
Tue – Fri 8 am – 8:30 pm ; Sat – Sun 10 am – 9 pm ; Mon closed

 

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