Is Joo Chiat becoming a haven for Vietnamese cuisine? It sure seems like it. Many eateries are even on the same stretch — talk about competition.
Joo Chiat Càphê is the newest kid on the block, a Muslim-friendly establishment putting their own spin on the Vietnamese staple, banh mi.
The space used to be occupied by Namsan Mackarel Otah, touted as having “Singapore’s No. 1 Original Mackerel Otah“. You can still buy the same mackerel otah here at Joo Chiat Càphê; it’s used in their signature banh mi.
Assorted freshly-made banh mi
They do serve Hainan toast and eggs, but the banh mi‘s where it’s it. All banh mi is available from 10am, even though the eatery officially opens at 8am. Get there on time for a taste of their signature Mackerel Otah with Homemade Vietnamese Mayonnaise (S$6.50) before it sells out.
For a more fusion option, opt for the Grilled Lemongrass Beef Patty with Hoisin Sauce (S$7) or the Battered Crispy Fish Fillet with Honey Mustard Sauce (S$7) banh mi. All banh mi are served with the typical toppings of pickled salad, cucumber, lettuce, coriander, Vietnamese mayonnaise, and chicken pate.
Local breakfast classics & coffee
Vietnamese-grown coffee beans are ground in-house to make their Vietnamese Coffee (S$3.50 for hot, S$3.80 for iced), giving you a caffeine boost that’ll last the entire day. I may be a black coffee drinker on the daily, but cà phê sữa đá, or Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk, is a weakness I am unwilling to renounce.
If banh mi isn’t up your alley, you can enjoy the Full Mackerel Otah (S$1.50) on its own or with bread, in the form of Otah Toast (S$2.20). A Traditional Kuning Fish Nasi Lemak (S$2.20) is also sold here, ideal for those who prefer a more filling breakfast.
The food options at Joo Chiat are getting better every single day, and I am 100% here for it.
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