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Vietnamese place in West Roxbury has new owners, name, menu

Banh Mi Ngon, in the take-out section of Centre Street, has been reborn as Banh Mi Oi.

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...would make a great Vietnamese bagel shop.

Mash up a banh mi with a bagel and smoked salmon with a Vietnamese iced coffee? Might work.

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I was thinking the name signals a Vietnamese/Aussie fusion: Vietnamese flavored meat pies?

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Brisket, pastrami and lox banh mi - the fusion foods we've been waiting for! Oh, and matzoh-ball pho, of course.

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Oi think so.

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The two names are SO close, could someone who actually speaks Vietnamese explain the two meanings? If these were Chinese restaurant names, I would assume it's like "China Garden I" and "China Garden Too".

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From their site, from the link above:

What’s in the name?

Bánh mì is one of the most popular Vietnamese street food found in nearly all regions of Vietnam. Influenced by the French, the Vietnamese baguette sandwich plays with savory flavors, proteins, and fresh veggies. Bánh mì is known for its lightness and healthy ingredients, enjoyed while in a rush or enjoyed while sipping on a Vietnamese iced coffee on a mellow day, people watching.

Typically a street vendor would walk around with their specialty bánh mì and call out, “Ai bánh mì không?” If you’re in the mood for a delicious fresh bánh mì, you’d call back to catch their attention, “Bánh mì ơi!”

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"Bahn Mi" is the Vietnamese word for bread. It has come to be the name of a Vietnamese type of sandwich.

Imagine, if you will, that "Leonardo's Hoagies" closed, and in its place opened, say, "Francesco's Hoagies." Would you wonder overmuch?

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If you click over to their website there is an explanation of the name and how it relates to catching the attention of Bánh mi street vendors.

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If you click on the New name on the article It will take you to their website and it explains it on their . Too much for me to type and tell lol but basically it mentions older days the sandwich maker would walk through the streets saying they have the sandwiches for sale and the name of the restaurant now is the response that someone would say if they wanted to buy the sandwich . Much more understandable if you read their website explanation lol

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Ngon means delicious and Oi is like "hey, listen!"

Either way go support them & get a caphe sua da!

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The folks at Ngon and their most amazing five spice tofu bahn mi will be greatly missed for sure- not to take away from the rest of their menu which I think I tried almost all of over the years, but the five spice.. startin to get misty just thinking about it being gone. That said, these new folks and expanded menu look very exciting. Also, super thankful they're keeping Vietnamese cuisine in the area!

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