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Subtlety is not an adjective used often in reference to Vietnamese sandwiches, but the lemongrass chicken sandwich at Sub Sand is not your run-of-the-mill bánh mì. It looks, from the outside as if it might be. It's on the usual bun, but this one's toasted inside for extra-sturdiness up against the house sauce.
The light scent of lemongrass on the chicken is tempered only briefly by the sandwich format, so it takes a few bites for it to build up, before suddenly punching you in the face with flavor. The finesse floats away and halfway through the sandwich, that chicken is standing up to the pickled carrots and daikon, waging friendly battle with the jalapeños.
Depending on the battle you'd like your sandwich to fight, Sub Sand does a variety of takes on the Vietnamese sandwich. Some, like the lemongrass chicken, stay Asian-inspired, while others, like the buffalo chicken, go down another path. Most people patronizing the tiny International District storefront grab theirs to-go, but if you feel like sitting, this is about the cheapest table-service option you'll find, and you'll be able to order your Hong Kong-style egg puff fresh for dessert.
About the author: Naomi Bishop is a Seattle based food writer and marketer. Find more of her musings on her food blog, TheGastroGnome, where she claims that being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. You can also follow her explorations of cooking and culture around the world at @GastroGnome.