Anyone know where to get good ones in Gaithersburg/Rockville/Wheaton MD??
Where do you get them in LA???
I am a big fan of Banh Mi, too. I used to live in DC where the nearby VA has a large Vietnamese community. You can easy find one in the Vietnamese shopping center in Falls Church. While you are there, try the spicy beef stew serve with french bread [;)]and the Green papaya salad w/shrimp and pork. [;)] Now in Pittsburgh, I only know the little stand out side of My Ngoc that sells this refreshing Vietnamese sandwich.
I drive by it almost daily (I work at SJSU) and it looks like they’re rebuilding. The fire started at the Asian Garden (a grease fire, believe it or not [:0]) and half the block went up.
On the bright side, there’s always Tofoo Com Chay just down the street (at 9th). No meat, just TVP and tofu, but you’d never know. Their "BBQ pork" is better than the real stuff at Dakao or most of the other local shops. I still miss Cali, though. You can’t beat a $1.50 sandwich!
Ain’t got them in Knoxville. wish we did
Paul E. Smith
Cali Sandwiches is the one. They burned down!??!! How sad[:(]
Oh yeah! We have a wealth of Vietnamese restaurants here in Atlanta; I most frequently get to the Pho Bac on Buford Highway. When I get the sandwich (about $2!) I go for the grilled pork. They also have cold cuts that are kind of puzzling.
Generally I get the vermicelli dishes with the pork or grilled shrimp – the julienned raw veg at the botom of the pile area a nice touch. Summers I go with the cold rice paper rolls and an avocado shake, yum.
You must be thinking of Cali Sandwiches on 7th St, right across from Albertsons. There’s also a pho shop in the same shopping center, which might make banh mi, but Cali is far superior. A tiny hole in the wall, but great eats. Unfortunately, they burned down along with the old Seven Courses of Beef restaurant on the corner last month. I’m hoping for a grand reopening soon. Until then, it’s Thu Duc on 13th or Lee’s @ Jackson and McKee. Yum. Now I’m getting hungry.
San Jose, CA has some excellent Vietnamese subs (I never knew their Vietnamese name!) and we have been eating them for years. There is a very large population of Americans of Vietnamese descent, as many of boat people settled in the area – so much so that city services are offered in Vietnamese, alongside Spanish too. There are many great places in the burbs of San Jose, that we never tried, but our favorite place was a little hole at Santa Clara and 4th, near the Albertson’s grocery store. Wish I could remember what it was called, but heck, if I couldn’t remember what the Vietnamese name was for the sandwich …..
Love the hot peppers
They very well could be serranos——the only time I ever see them in the banh mi is when I’ve bitten halfway thru one!
Richard Brooks Alba
I can’t exactly say that I’ve had them all over the place – I’m fairly parochial about Latin & Pacific Rim cuisines – but I’ve never even seen a banh mi with jalapeno around these parts. The only chiles I’ve found locally in these delightful sandwiches have been serranos. The same with other dishes. About the only time I see jalapenos in restaurants around here is in ‘escabeche’ [that is, ‘pickling hot stuff’] with onions & carrots at local taquerias. Oh – and as ‘chipotles’ [smoked jalapenos], too.
P.S. I generally like my serranos as thin slices, floating in my bowl of jook or pho; a sandwich I’ll spice up with a little Sriracha sauce….
There is something we should be proud of in Seattle, The first Vietmanesse Sandwiches served in the United States started in Honolulu, Hawaii before the end of the Vietnam Conflict, in the Chinatown area across from the Oahu Market, where there was a small Grocery that was making Vietmanesse Pate, Cold Cuts and Seasonings. When a Vietmanesse Bread Baker, made Small French Sandwich Loafs, lines started forming. The Baker and his wife who had worked at the store moved to Seattle, shortly after opened a hole in the wall location at the fringe of the "International District’ at Jackson/12th Avenue. They were close to "Pho Bac" Restaurant the first "Pho" Place to open in America a year earlier. They are still in business in the original Pink Shanty on Jackson/Ranier. The first "Pho" place and the first "Banh Mi", to open in the Continental USA. This area now has become a extension of the "International District". Seattle, now has excess of 100 Pho and Sandwich Shops in almost every neighborhood.
The Gluten cold cuts, you can find at most large supermarkets, look in the refrigerated section, near salads. Ives makes a number of different lunch ‘meats’. If you are looking for a more asian flavoring, I have found a number of really good ones in the local japanese market.
I have never seen the carrot and daikon premade, but I think that a soak in rice vinegar would work well.
I’m so addicted, I’ve been thinking of making my own. Questions –
– do you think you can buy the pickled daikon and carrot – or would soaking them in rice wine vinegar work?
– the sauce – it’s not quite aioli or mayo…hmm…
– some of the veg versions come with strips of gluten "cold cuts" – has anyone seen a form of this buyable in chinatown?
In Toronto, the best ones I’ve had are the ones at Ginger on Yonge south of Bloor – they’re fresher and a lot bigger, and the tofu ones actually rock.
Steven Rushmore Jr. had asked for a photo of a banh mi several months ago. I just noticed this topic, so here is a pic:
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