Have you tried Banh Mi yet?
My greatest lunch obsession right now are these vietnamese sandwiches. The sandwiches are always fresh, super filling, and cheap. It’s the type of lunch that completely fills you up, but does not weigh you down. Basically, the sandwich is made of a small loaf of fresh, crusty French baguette and then stuffed with thin slices of daikon, cucumber, onion, carrot, cilantro, and a tangy Vietnamese mayonnaise like sauce. You can also opt for more fillings, usually pork or chicken, or for vegetarians like me, avocado or tofu (spicy lemongrass tofu YUM.)
Bahn Mi is a good starter for someone who wants to sample some Vietnamese, or for anyone who needs a break from their routine deli. Trying a new type of cuisine can sometimes be intimidating, especially when you have no clue where to go. Even more intimidating when a menu is in another language or you don't know what to order.
Lucky for me, I live in a city with an extensive Vietnamese population, so these sandwich shops are not hard to come by. Withen a mile radius of my office, there are about 5 shops that sell Bahn Mi, and probably more, that I have no discovered yet. If you want to find a good shop in your area to try out your sandwich, I recommend yelp.com and typing in Banh Mi, and looking for a bakery shop in your search results. Vietnamese bakeries are particularly delicious place to go, because you know the french bread will be fresh, and that’s the best part of the sandwich.
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