A Sandwich a Day: Thai-Inspired Lemongrass Pork Bánh Mì at Tyson Bees in Philadelphia
In this great nation of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwicha Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
After Kenji's tirade about what constitutes true bánh mì, I'm almost afraid to classify this sandwich as such. Actually, calling this a traditional bánh mì would be an insult to the creator's original intentions. Found at Tyson Bees, a food truck on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the grilled BBQ lemongrass pork bánh mì is a Thai-inspired rendition of the Vietnamese classic.
While many of the traditional components are there—cilantro, cucumber, carrot, and radish—they substitute the standard sliced pork/pâté filling for grilled pork marinated in a lemongrass sauce. The end result is a juice-laden mixture of varying flavors. The pleasantly sweet and fragrant lemongrass pork is offset by the refreshingly light complements of cilantro, peppers, and spicy mayo. It's a fusion sandwich that works on a number of levels, and at $5 it's an absolute steal.
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