Banh Mi Sandwiches

For you ignorant fuckbags who don’t know what this is, here is a quick primer:

Banh Mi literally means bread in Vietnamese. More specifically, it’s a reference to the French baguette; French due to the former colonial influence on the country of Vietnam. Stuffed inside the classic version of this sandwich is typically a sordid concoction of pork meat, including but not limited to liver pate, head cheese, sliced processed deli-type meats, sautéed ground pork and braised pork belly. The sandwich also has veggies like cucumber, carrots and daikon, the later two of which are often pickled in a sweet, yet sour vinegar base. The masterpiece is then topped off with fresh cilantro and fresh sliced jalapeño peppers, and sometimes given a squirt of maggi (a dark soy sauce type of seasoning liquid) and/or a smear of mayo. You also tend to see lots of BBQ chicken Banh Mi sandwiches floating around as well, which is usually filled with chicken that was grilled with a soy, molasses and fish sauce-base, and then topped with all the rest of the non-pork items I mentioned above.

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Banh Mi has become a hot item around the city; trendy, even. There are lots of variations being passed around. I tend to like the classic or chicken styles, but there are some wide variations out there (some good, some bad). Below is an alphabetical listing of places where I have eaten recently and reviewed Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches.

  1. Alice’s Arbor
  2. The Anthony
  3. Ba Le (Hawaii)
  4. Banh Mi Saigon
  5. BONMi
  6. Cafe Thanh Truc
  7. Cha Pa’s
  8. CoBa 53
  9. Hanco
  10. Hanoi Vietnamese Kitchen
  11. Hometown BBQ
  12. Num Pang
  13. Paris Sandwich
  14. Pho Vietnam
  15. Phu Khang’s (Outside of Philly)
  16. Saigon 9 West Vietnamese Cafe (CLOSED)
  17. Saiguette
  18. Sao Mai
  19. Sau Voi Corp

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