Bánh mì is the Vietnamese term for bread, more specifically, a baguette stuffed with all things good. If you thought the long, crusty stick was just for Le François, think again. Bánh mì; The Vietnamese sandwich. Sometimes called a ‘pho sandwich’ this filled baguette is sans ham and cheese… think coriander, raw crisp vegetables, fresh flavours, sweet, spicy and sour fillings and sauces all hugged in a tremendously fluffy white dough with a crisp crust for teeth digging.
Keu deli in Hoxton is all about this French/Vietnamese treat. Bread is baked freshly in house; a fresh and crisp loaf is vital to the perfection of their popular bánh mi, and house specials change daily.
Fillings range from five spice chicken, braised beef brisket, kimchi pork, roast duck, tofu and mushrooms to those with more of a European influence; chicken liver pate, ham terrine and meatballs. The Classic Keu Sandwich is a meaty mix of spiced pork belly, ham terrine, chicken liver pate and kewpie mayonnaise. Do it. It’s begging you to and is a delight of rich, velvety pate, sweet pork and light and crisp salad. All sandwiches are filled with Daikon, coriander, cucumber, spring onions and fresh chilli and priced between £5.50 and £5.75.
I recommend the bánh mì. Baguette is best. But if this didn’t take your fancy there are lunch boxes of infused meats served with jasmine rice, salads of freshly shredded goodness and hearty fresh herb and meat broths.
The Iced jasmine tea in a long glass is a perfectly refreshing accompaniment to the sweet, spicy mouthfuls of sandwich. Good coffee, teas and homemade lemonade are also available.
Eat in or take away but avoid the weekday lunch-hour rush. Queues can reach out the door at 12-2 peak midday surges. Also open early for breakfast and late for dinner.
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332 Old Street
Mon – Thus 9.00 – 21.30
Fri 9.00 – 21.30
Saturday 9.00 – 20.00
Sunday – closed