Last Updated: July 12, 2019
Along the relatively quiet streets of Geylang Road is where you’ll find Bahn Mi Thit Vietnam. For those who are unfamiliar, bahn mi is a kind of Vietnamese sandwich. Introduced from the French Colonists, the bahn mi consists of a fluffy baguette slathered with a rich pâté, stuffed with ham, pork or beef slices and topped off with crunchy vegetables.
Before we get into it, just know that I consider myself quite the connoisseur of the humble bahn mi so I had high expectations going in.
In terms of furnishing, Bahn Mi Thit was pretty bare; just a couple of bar stools and bar tops, nothing fancy. If you’re here for that glamourous Insta-story, I’m afraid you can’t find it here.
I was never one for embellishments so the rather simple interior didn’t bother me too much.
A little fun fact about Bahn Mit Thit is that they bake their bread on-site daily. Is there anything better than freshly baked bread?
I wouldn’t be a bahn mi expert if I didn’t get an extensive selection of what Bahn Mi Thit offers. I ordered three items for good measure: Chicken Bahn Mi (S$3.80), Beef Bahn Mi (S$3.80) and Pork Bahn Mi (S$3.80).
Seeing as the weather was positively scorching by the time I got there, I ordered an Iced Authentic Vietnamese Coffee (S$1.80) and an Iced Authentic Thai Milk Tea (S$1.80) just to preserve my sanity.
I started with the simplest protein of all, the Chicken Bahn Mi. Here at Bahn Mi Thit, you can choose the level of spiciness you like. As much as I like my spice, too much of a good thing (even as great as chilli) would definitely overpower the entire sandwich.
I gave this well-stuffed sandwich a healthy bite. The fact that Bahn Mi Thit bakes their own bread really showed, as the bun was crisp on the outside and pillowy in the centre.
While the chicken had a good spicy kick, I would have liked just a bit more chicken. The proportion of chicken to bun could definitely be better. The vegetables were crisp and provided good texture to the sandwich. No complaints here.
The next sandwich I got my hands on was the Beef Bahn Mi. I was rather impressed that the beef strips were still a little pink — an indication that Bahn Mi Thit knows how to handle their beef.
The beef slices were surprisingly tender and well-seasoned. I would recommend a little more chilli here if you can handle it. The chunky beef slices go especially well with the fiery chilli Bahn Mi Thit has.
This made for a rather hearty and satisfying sandwich; an excellent option for those who are feeling particularly ravenous.
We’ve reached the last sandwich of the bunch, the Pork Bahn Mi — my preferred choice of protein when it comes to bahn mi. There is just something about richness and fattiness of pork slices that make eating bahn mi a sublime experience.
In Bahn Mi Thit’s rendition, customers receive a helping of pork pâté followed by a couple of fatty slices of pork and ham.
Again, Bahn Mi Thit was a little light-handed with how much meat they allocated each sandwich. But out of the three sandwiches, the Pork Bahn Mi had to be the tastiest out of the bunch.
Of course, these sandwiches can’t beat the ones I’ve tried in Vietnam. They do put up a good effort though and provide an adequate introduction for bahn mi novices.
Special mention goes to their Iced Vietnamese Coffee, despite the rather light hue this was a rather dark brew. A defining feature of Vietnamese coffee is that it is sweetened with condensed milk.
If you’ve never tried Vietnamese coffee, fair warning, this cuppa is a lot sweeter than what you might be used to. So, if you don’t have a penchant for sweets this might not be for you.
While I do appreciate Bahn Mit Thit’s price point, they are probably not on the top of the list for the best bahn mi in Singapore. However, their freshly baked bread does warrant a second visit, so if you are in the area you can definitely check this place out.
Expected Damage: S$3.80 – S$5 per pax
Our Rating: 3 / 5
Bahn Mi Thit
543 Geylang Road, Singapore 389498
543 Geylang Road, Singapore 389498