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Old Yesterday, 05:29 AM
 
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Have you ever eaten a Banh Mi sandwich? I fell in love with this Vietnamese favorite when I saw it on a cooking show. That sandwich was pork meatball with chili mayo, daikon-carrot slaw, fresh jalapeno slices and cilantro. What are your favorites? I also like using the ingredients/condiments in lettuce wraps using bibb/Boston lettuce.
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Old Yesterday, 06:01 AM
 
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Have you ever eaten a Banh Mi sandwich? I fell in love with this Vietnamese favorite when I saw it on a cooking show. That sandwich was pork meatball with chili mayo, daikon-carrot slaw, fresh jalapeno slices and cilantro. What are your favorites? I also like using the ingredients/condiments in lettuce wraps using bibb/Boston lettuce.
sounds good!
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Old Yesterday, 11:42 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I love Banh Mi.

Such a nice balance of sweet, savory, acidic, soft, crunchy, hot, cold, and all on a crusty French bread.
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Old Yesterday, 01:13 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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Yes! The Houston area has a huge Vietnamese population, so we're lucky enough to have lots of options for Banh Mi, pho, and other delicacies. Thinking about it, there are at least 4 Vietnamese restaurants within two miles of my house!
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Old Yesterday, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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We have a Lao grocery that features them on Saturdays. They're great!
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Old Yesterday, 05:02 PM
 
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I was at Lee's Sandwiches in Las Vegas's Chinatown and bought a bbq pork bahn mi sandwich for $4.75 on Sunday. Much better than the Subway sandwich I bought at the conference hotel at twice the price.

The key is the roll.
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Old Today, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I was at Lee's Sandwiches in Las Vegas's Chinatown and bought a bbq pork bahn mi sandwich for $4.75 on Sunday. Much better than the Subway sandwich I bought at the conference hotel at twice the price.

The key is the roll.
Correct about the roll. And that's why Lee's is so good at Bahn Mi - they bake the baguettes in house. Just a little crusty on the outside, soft but NOT fluffy on the inside. Unlike frenc h bawuettes, they are made with rice flour.

The traditional bahn mi is chat sui - roast pork. Bbq pork is also very common. Both meats are a pita to make; hence, the meatball version was born in America. (It's tasty!)

In Vietnam and Vietnamese restaurants that have 'authentic' menus, bahn mi will have pork pate. Pork pate or a type of pork soft sausage may be the only meat on the sandwich. I don't like the pate, preferring the version with a soy sauce flavored mayo.

The standard vegies are matchstick pickled daikon and carrot , uncooked jalapeno slices (optional), cucumber slices (sometimes), and cilantro sprigs (not chopped).

I sometimes make char sui and make them at home for dinner and sometimes use them as hot duerves (cut into slices.). Or I buy the char sui at the Asian market. But I CANNOT get those rolls in this area, nor can any Vietnamese restaurant. That's why I eat so many of these on our annual visit to phoenix.
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Old Today, 09:17 AM
 
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Correct about the roll. And that's why Lee's is so good at Bahn Mi - they bake the baguettes in house. Just a little crusty on the outside, soft but NOT fluffy on the inside. Unlike French baguettes, they are made with rice flour.

The traditional bahn mi is chat sui - roast pork. Bbq pork is also very common. Both meats are a pita to make; hence, the meatball version was born in America. (It's tasty!)

You described it so much better than I did. The rolls really make the sandwich and the daikon and carrots add a sweetness that just kind of works.

In the past months, I have spent a lot of time trying the various Asian bakeries in Las Vegas and Phoenix. I do not believe that they get the credit they should in putting out really first quality baked goods.
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Old Today, 09:54 AM
 
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I have had banh mi sandwiches. I just do not care for the asian seven spice they put on the pork. The rest of the sandwich is good.
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Old Today, 10:51 AM
 
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My favorite is between the lemongrass chicken and tofu. I do not like the authentic ones with the pate and weird meat.

Locally, char siu is not an option (most places). That's chinese, and bahn mi is Vietnamese and French.
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