Photos: Bánh Mi Malta
Vietnamese cuisine has picked up in Malta in recent years, but it has been a relatively high-end affair so far, with humble phos going for over €10 a bowl.
The newest food truck on the block is challenging this concept though – offering up homemade Vietnamese food at prices that will not burn a hole in your pocket.
Bánh Mi Malta was set up by Maltese chef Jeremy Borg and his Vietnamese fiancée Ngoc Dung Tan after an inspirational trip to the South-East Asian country last year and is currently parked in Swatar.
It is named after the traditional Vietnamese baguette which was introduced to the country by French occupiers in the 1800s but later appropriated by the locals.
A hearty bánh mi generously filled with chicken, spread with pate and sprinkled with homegrown coriander, mint and vegetables will only set you back €3.50. The vegan option, with mushrooms and eggplant replacing the chicken, comes even cheaper, at €2.90 a baguette.
A bánh bao, a traditional small Vietnamese steamed taco, will only set you back €2, while a fresh spring roll stuffed with pork and shiitake mushrooms only costs 50c.
And of course, the food truck also serves up the famous Vietnamese pho – a relatively simple noodle soup that has proved immensely popular worldwide – for only €4.
Photo: Banh Mi Malta
Yet the affordability of the food in no way compromises its quality, and indeed this food truck is right up there with KuYa as one of the most authentic South-East Asian eateries on the island.
The food truck opens between 10:30am and 3pm from Monday to Friday, making it an obvious option if you’re in the mood for a lunch break that is at once oriental, affordable and extremely tasty.
Side note: Authentic Vietnamese food was at the top of a Lovin Malta list of eight food joints we felt needed to open in Malta last year. We now eagerly await the dawn of Creole food and proper Maltese street food.