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Them Vietnamese Sandwiches

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by TyCooN, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    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.

    yup....this is where I go.

    http://www.noodlepie.com/2006/02/is_this_the_bes.html
     
  2. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    [​IMG] i love banh mi hanoi had some of the worst banh mis i have ever had. there was this random banh mi joint near tufts medical school that was daaamn good. i eat a banh mi every other day i'm in nyc. -_- god. i love a good banh mi
    Hanoi food - with the possible exception of bun cha - is crap. Bland and tasteless. The only people who like Hanoi food are Hanoians. Cue whacked telling us that Hanoi food is The True Vietnamese Cuisine and that the rest of our taste buds have been warped by overseas Vietnamese restaurants that are all run by southerners who make everything too sweet and too spicy. Cue me reminding whacked that I said the only people that like Hanoi food are Hanoians and he is a Hanoian [​IMG] (PS chuc mung nam moi Son)
     
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    Durian may be the only food I absolutely despise.

    andrew zimmern from bizarre foods can't do durian either....what a panzy [​IMG]
     
  4. whacked

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    In Vietnam, banh mi can be had with a variety of fillings, from pate, scrambled egg, lap xuong (lap chong/Chinese sausage), cha bong, pork prepared in various manners (not just BBQ), among other things. Banh mi xiu mai (per Matt's post) is but one type of banh mi. (PS: well done, Matt. The same to you.)
     
  5. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    In Vietnam, banh mi can be had with a variety of fillings, from pate, scrambled egg, lap xuong (lap chong/Chinese sausage), cha bong, pork prepared in various manners (not just BBQ), among other things.
    ya, banh mi itself just means bread. You can basically put anything on it. Hanoi especially is now overrun with banh mi ke bap - basically spit roasted kebab style meat (generally pork) served on banh mi. I quite like it, but a lot of people hate it...kebab purists I guess. My old roommate pretty much lived on a diet of banh mi op la - which roughly is an omelet rolled up inside bread, so, as whacked said, they'll put anything on there.
    What is weird about that place is that she doesn't really sell banh mi xiu mai despite having it plastered all over her cart, it is basically banh mi thit nuong with a xiu-mai-esque sauce (which is what makes it so good). Getting very semantic on this, but we got in a conversation with her about it once, I think she used to make "proper" xiu mai, but the thit nuong in xiu mai gravy was outselling it by so much that she just stopped making it...but still, it's what her cart says. She loves me there, but she is like the soup nazi of banh mi. Sells out every single day. Known to ban people for dissent etc etc. Next time you are in town, I'll take you there man. Unrelated to above...how are you spending your Tet, Son?
     
  6. Septavius

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    Ba Le, right around 5000 N Broadway. $2.95, and also the best banh mi in the city. Also, Tank Noodle is right across the street, which is probably the best pho in the city. I haven't explored much pho in Chicago, but I know a few people who say Tank Noodle is def the best. OH and while you're there you can pop into La Patisserie P. Really great French/Vietnamese pastry shop.
    Yeah Ba Le is great. I totally agree that bubble tea is disgusting. The wait sometimes gets kind of long at Tank Noodle, due to the abundance of customers. I tried one of the places a few shops down, and while completely empty, their pho was good too. There's another shop about a block or two down called Hai Yen. I like that place for other Vietnamese cuisines.
     
  7. zang

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    grilled pork banh mi with pate spread...
     
  8. Salad

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    In SF there's a place called Cafe Dolci on Market at Grant. That's my favorite in SF. Run by a really nice couple. The place is super small, like a closet but they make a really good, made to order Bahn Mi. It's expensive compared to other places ($4.25, I think) but I can tell them to not toast the bread to long, go easy on the mayo or whatever that is, or any other tweak I'd like. I'm particular. Really nice couple run the joint and remember all the names of the regulars.
    Damn, I want one now. Maybe tomorrow.
     
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    Saw this thread. Happened to be in NYC today so I kopped some at Bahn Mi Saigon in little italy. 3.75 for a pork banh mi. It was delish. Much better than a Subway.
     
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    Saw this thread. Happened to be in NYC today so I kopped some at Bahn Mi Saigon in little italy. 3.75 for a pork banh mi. It was delish. Much better than a Subway.

    this is where i go. ive done my research and been to a few other places, but tbh they all taste similar. for some reason i just like banh mi saigon. i kinda like having the jewlery store in front. always a buncha chinese ppl inside and sone old geezers sitting on stools'


    @Matt. Are you vietnamese? for some reason i thought you were white, or just fluent from having lived there for so long?

    anyways best pho i've ever had was here

    http://stickyrice.typepad.com/my_web...you_queue.html

    sometimes i still dream about it. i want to go back to vietnam just for that bowl of pho
     
  11. impolyt_one

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    Anybody eat Momofuku's banh mi?
     
  12. Matt

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    @Matt. Are you vietnamese? for some reason i thought you were white, or just fluent from having lived there for so long?
    I am a member of the Aryan master race [​IMG] but I have been here seven years here now, so my tieng Viet is decent.
     
  13. streetminimal

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    Just by curiosity, Matt, what do you do over there?
     
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    Bahn mi are 2.95 here. Soooooooo good.
    In Chicago? Where? Edit: Never mind, just read the last page. Bit far from my old address but definitely some good spots around there.
     
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    Just by curiosity, Matt, what do you do over there?

    Hardcore partying. Keeping fools around the globe in check.
     
  16. gort

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    Eden Center at Seven Corners in Falls Church. It's awesome.

    Awesome. Bookmarked and I will try to make it there very soon.
     
  17. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    Hardcore partying. Keeping fools around the globe in check.

    ya, between that, the banh mi, and managing Kyle's lovelife I am pretty well occupied.
     
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    ya, between that, the banh mi, and managing Kyle's lovelife I am pretty well occupied.

    I'm about to hire a damn consultant to come in. You're not getting me ANYWHERE.
     
  19. Matt

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    Artisan Fan is a consultant with a very prestigious firm. Best wishes.
     
  20. edinatlanta

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    I also have very attractive rates. PM for deets.
     

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