Bahn Mi: Me love

you and I are going to have a wonderful life together…

This morning, I entered into an otherwise normal work day when I smelled the scent of an email from fellow food <3er Chez JJP. It got me thinking of one of the true loves in my life, the Bahn Mi sandwich.

Delicate and alluring, the Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich  not only includes all five food groups (The sandwich is made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, onions, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeño peppers and meat – pork being the best – or tofu. Most Banh Mi sandwiches contain a Vietnamese mayonnaise-like spread that is a mixture of egg yolk, cooking oil/butter, and sometimes spices.) but it is to the sandwich what Philip Seymor Hoffman is to acting – so effing good you have no idea why you don’t have it more often.

Grrrr. I want one thuper badly right now. It would make me and my wife’s day.

From the desk of ChezJJP comes these beautiful nuggets of information par excellence:


I went on a little banh mi expedition this weekend comparing Nicky’s on 2nd St. in the EV to Saigon Bakery on Mott St.

Saigon Bakery won by far.The banh mi’s at Saigon are:

  1. cheaper – $3.75 vs $5.00 at Nicky’s
  2. bigger (the Nicky’s ones are so so small)
  3. more flavorful (more cilantro and pickled carrots)
  4. less sketchy meat-wise (Nicky’s had this weird cat food like pate with the cold cuts compared to Saigon, which has awesome crispy red porky bits along with the cold cuts.)
  5. in a cooler location – Saigon Bakery is at the back of a jewelry store. Kickass.

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