I was just over in Amsterdam for a long weekend and found this great place called Foodhallen… basically a food court with stalls making a range of world foods – Aussie pies, Spanish tapas, French entrecote, Indian street food, Italian, Dutch croquettes & burgers & cheeses, Japanese sushi, hot dogs, vegetarian, health food, frozen yogurt, gateau. There’s also a couple of bars in there, an art-house cinema next door and on the Tuesday night they had a live band.
My favourite though is the banh-mi from Viet View. We tried two types – shredded pork and the honey chicken. Both were delicious and reduced conversation to “hmmmpggfff… hmmm…hmmm…” – something that I like to call crash test dummies talk.
For those of you who don’t know what a banh-mi is, think Vietnamese salad in a baguette: pickled carrots, cucumber, coriander (cilantro for our US cousins), fresh chilli and sweet chilli sauce, with either a peanut or hoisin sauce as well. Since I first tasted one at Ngon deli in Chiswick, I’ve never been able to really go back to a ham and cheese sarnie again. It’s not the same. I’ve had a few now in London at Notting Hill market and in St Katherine’s Dock… hmmmm.
So where’s your favourite banh-mi? Let me know.
In the meantime, if you’re in Amsterdam, check out the Foodhallen, just off Kinkerstraat, Amsterdam (open 11am – 11.30pm). Closest tram stops 7, 17, 3, 12. Better value and better food than some of the tourist traps in the old town.