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Shuttered Vietnamese Banh Mi Shop Lives on With New Restaurant

Ng BMT is now Ng Cafe

Grilled pork banh mi from Ng Cafe
Grilled pork banh mi from Ng Cafe
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

One of Austin’s best banh mi restaurants, Ng BMT, is back with a full-on restaurant. Co-owners Y and Nguyet Quach turned Chang Thai Thai Cuisine into Ng Cafe on 13000 North I-35 in June up in far north Austin.

Ng Cafe’s menu features the same favorite array of banh mis, from the classic pate/ham/pork head cheese to tofu to pork belly to meatball. The larger kitchen space allows it to cross into Thai specialties as a nod to its predecessor. That means curries with sides of rice or baguettes (naturally), fried rice with mix-ins like crab or pineapple, noodles like pad thai and vermicelli, soups, papaya salads, and more.

The Quachs aren’t new to the I-35 space either. They had been making banh mi with the former Thai restaurant since shuttering Ng BMT in 2016. Originally, they were looking to move Ng BMT from its location within Lucky Bakery on Research Boulevard, but they weren’t able to financially.

The Quachs closed their first Asian restaurant, Hao Hao in Round Rock, in 2013, but decided to keep on making banh mi. They set up shop within Hong Kong Supermarket and moved into Lucky Bakery.

NG Cafe

13000 North Interstate Highway 35, , TX 78753 (512) 491-8859 Visit Website