I woke up with an intense need to pig out, but I didn’t want to eat anything that will mock my diet (wehhh), so I went to this hole in the wall near the Philippine Daily Inquirer office to feast on Vietnamese food!
Jam & Viet is along Mascardo St. in Sta. Cruz, Makati. It’s just a few steps away from the PDI HQ, which is just at Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets.
I love eating Vietnamese food because it’s flavored with herbs and spices (instead of oil or dairy) and is packed full of fresh veggies so most dishes are low in calories and fat. Di’ba? Wag naman araw-araw pampabata food like crispy pata or bagnet! :D
I had some Fresh Springrolls (P25 each) with peanut sauce. Lettuce, cucumbers, rice vermicelli, carrots, basil, and shrimps in rice wrappers… fresh indeed! The sauce… sweet, savory and thick!
The Hu Tieu (P148) was the perfect company that rainy Saturday afternoon with its piping hot pork-chicken. The rice noodles and toppings make this a very filling dish. It’s so far from the hu tieu I grew up eating in Morong though (Vietnamese refugees used to live in our town). Still, both versions make me hap-hap-happy!
I liked their Bahn Mi better than the one from Bon Banhmi. That’s saying a lot, because I loved the sandwich in BON Bahnmi! I had the regular-traditional (P98) which has ham, shredded pork, pig’s head paste, vegetables, and their special sauce. I think what makes their banh mi better is the baguette they use. Other bahn mi fillings are barbecue, chicken, tuna, and fried egg & pate.
The Vietnamese Milk Coffee (P68) they have is strong and smooth and mixed with condensed milk– just the way it’s supposed to taste! Sarap!
There’s free Wi-Fi here, so that’s another reason for you to hang out in Jam & Viet, but please don’t linger, because it’s a tiny restaurant. Give chance to those customers who also need the table. :)
Jam & Viet
3792 Mascardo Street,
Santa Cruz, Makati City
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