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Bánh Mì in SLC – Oh Mai – Chicken Shiu Mai

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Oh Mai Vietnamese Sandwich Kitchen
3425 S. State St.

6093 S. Highland Dr.

It’s a joyful thing when a local business becomes a regular haunt because they make consistent, amazing product.

Oh Mai has become one of those for me. It’s a rare week that I’m not there twice buying two sandwiches at each visit. I eat one for whatever meal I’m servicing at the time, and put one in the fridge for the next day. It’s immediately a better day if I wake up and remember that there’s Oh Mai waiting for me in the chill chest for lunch.

My family loves it, too. I get sandwiches, my wife is stuck on pho. My daughter devours the Mai Roll, expertly gutting them for the shrimp, and then slowly deconstructing them from there. My mom goes there constantly, too.

Their newest creation is the chicken shiu mai, a chicken meatball sandwich. As is the norm for their food, it’s a complex dish. The ethereally tender meatballs swim in a delicious, dark red tomato-based sauce and are topped with a dark soy sauce that, when I first opened the little to-go container to assemble my sandwich and took my first whiff, smelled almost like chocolate. Add to that the usual cucumber, pickled carrot and daikon, cilantro, and jalapeno and you have a really fantastic feast.

Oh Mai sandwiches all exist on a spectrum between fairly clean like the S2 roast pork, and a dripping, delicious mess like the S12 brisket pho. This newest sandwich, due to the combination of sauces, is definitely on the messy end of things. I was glad that I got mine packed with the sauces and vegetation on the side. Eating it there wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

It takes a lot to break me out of my usual “S2 and S5 with extra pickled vegetables” habit when it comes to Oh Mai, but I’m already looking forward to tonight’s chicken shiu mai special.

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Written by ireviewsomething

May 10, 2013 at 10:04am

Posted in bánh mì, food

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  1. Sounds fantastic, love this place. I might have to break out of my S1 habit!

    Gastronomic SLC

    June 4, 2013 at 6:50pm

    • Their S1 is excellent, if a bit heavy for my tastes. Probably the fault of the pork pate.

      If you’re looking for other options, the S2 and S3 are my usual go-to options. And, even as little as I enjoy vegan food, I get the S5 every once in a while. I just had an S12 last night, the brisket pho sandwich, and it was excellent as always.


      June 5, 2013 at 6:06am

  2. Nice to see positive affirmation, but please don’t tell too many people about Oh Mai.. They don’t have that many tables for the local diners, and I hate to have to take the food home when it’s so much better eaten there while its fresh. Oh yes while the food is great on an apples for apples comparison to other Thai offerings, dollar for dollar it’s unbeatable. Super value. Go there on a rainy evening and you could think you’re back there in Asia.. It’s that good.

    Steven Lewis

    June 4, 2013 at 11:45pm

    • Have you tried asking them to pack it to go? They’ll put all the sauces and anything else that turns the bread to mush on the side. You can assemble it at home and have that fresh Oh Mai experience without having to elbow for a table.


      June 5, 2013 at 6:08am

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