It's weird, I think durian smells amazing. Very fragrant and sweet. I did grow up in a Vietnamese household though, so we had a lot of weird smells. If you guys haven't tried it at your local restaurants, the broken rice is generally really good. Pork chops and fish sauce with some eggs. Cut it all up and mix it together and you get the most awesome just-the-right-amount-of-creaminess thing in the world.
Originally Posted by sygyzy
Vietnamese sandwiches are funny to me because I grew up eating them before they became so hip. Then I stopped eating them because I moved away to college and this whitey down didn't have any (until very recently). Anyway, I had my roommate bring me back some and they had all these funky styles. What's funny is the version they call the "Special" is actually the standard sandwich (French roll, pate, homemade mayo, pickles, jalapeÃ±os, cilantro, headcheese, etc). The other versions they had were filled with stuff I've never seen in a sandwich like bbq pork. Yes, these were meats found in Vietnamese dishes, like the pork is usually in bun (rice noodles), but not meant to be in a sandwich. I wonder how many people know there is really just one banh mi?
That's not true at all. BBQ pork is often used in banh mi, at least around here it has been. When I was younger, the BBQ pork banh mi was all that I would ever eat from a banh mi joint. I even got one in Saigon a couple years ago.