Nothing new for regulars here, gallons of grease, meat – one slab of – and a sizzling egg. This is Bittet Thap Cam. There are four different bittet dishes on offer at Banh Mi Nam Son, located down a small alleyway at 200Bis Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1. It’s mad big for the beer with breakfast crowd. It’s ramming around 8-9am(ish). More sedate during daylight hours before kicking in again as the sun goes down. Don’t touch the hot metal cowplate. I did, it hurts – a lot. The spread includes a couple of banh mi, cold khoai tay chien (chips), pickled veggies and a tomato and lettuce salad – although the term salad is
perhaps a touch ambitious.
The thick catfood pate isn’t working for me, neither is the slice of
meat tucked under it – nah, nah, nah. But the "beefsteak" itself, the
egg ond the offally good meatballl are solid. There are other dishes on offer – see the menu – but most folk are here for a bittet. To really appreciate this dish you need the grim chill of a Hanoi February, service with a snarl and a floor covered in copious amounts of crap. It’s all a bit soft in the south. And clean. They’ll be hiring a string quartet next, just you wait. Stickyrice, in Hanoi, has covered one outlet. Two faves of mine up there are 70 Hoa Ma street and the establishment opposite the Bun Cha shed at 61 Ly Thai Tho street, near the junction with Lo Su street. Here’s Nam Son’s business card. There is another branch at 188 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, also in District 1. See more photos of this joint. This spread set me back 25,000VD with a Tra da.