Monday, April 20, 2009

Stuff Kim and Mike Like: #2 Bánh mì (Vietnamese Hoagies)

Philadelphia is known for it's hoagies, sandwiches made from cold cuts, lettuce, tomato, onion, oil and vinegar first popularized by the Italian-American community. However, the hoagies that Kim and I really like are made by more recent immigrants: the Vietnamese. The Bánh mì is a sandwich made from fresh baguettes that is traditionally stuffed with roast pork, Vietnamese ham or head cheese, pate, mayonnaise, pickled carrots and daikon, jalapenos, cucumber, and cilatro. The hoagie features a combination of fatty, sweet, savory and and acidic flavors that blends very well together.

This beautiful sandwich is available at many plaes in the the city, but our favorite is Ba Le Bakery, on the intersection of 6th Street and Washington Ave. They even make a vegetarian version which replaces the meats with stir-fry seasoned tofu and vegetables.The Bánh mì is so good that even Chinese people, like our co-worker, Lili (pictured below) and our picky boss (not pictured) fight over a day-old sandwich! Not really, but it is a very well constructed sandwich and you should all try to find a shop that makes them to try for yourself.

1 comment:

  1. That was not a too ugly picture of me gorging down the delicious sandwich. Thanks for giving me this "five minutes of fame".