The Vietnamese sandwich is to Seattle what the dirty water hot dog is to New York; or the street taco is to Los Angeles. It's a quick cheap meal, but often a crapshoot on quality depending on where you go. You won't have to worry at Seattle Roll Bakery where you'll find some of the best bánh mì in the city.
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This almost-banh-mi has many of the same trappings as the popular Vietnamese sandwich we know and love. The juicy pork meatballs on this Hoi An Meatball Sandwich ($8.50) pack a lot of flavor. The meat has a pronounced porkiness as well as an unexpected crunch from diced jicama. The meatballs are simmered in tomato sauce which lends a little heat as well as the addictive stink of fish sauce.
When done right, banh mi are an insanely tasty combination of contrasting textures and flavors, but the overall impression, as with much Vietnamese food, is of lightness and freshness. Where in Manhattan can you find the best sandwich? This week, I visited bành mí shops all over Manhattan to answer this question.
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check...
Fred, the owner of Nha Toi in Williamsburg, always has something interesting going on in the kitchen. The consistent high point of his inventive banh mi menu is the phở banh mi, which replaces the ham, pork, pate and pickled vegetables of a traditional Vietnamese sandwich with ingredients from an equally classic Vietnamese soup.
The Classic Banh Mi at Baoguette ($5) is a different creature from standard banh mi you might find in Chinatown. The sandwiched is packed lightly enough so that you can taste every element, from the barbecued pork, terrine and pate to the pickled carrots.
I’m not quite sure which I like better—tasty craft and imported beers or delicious bánh mì. All I know is that two days after reading Julia Moskin’s Times article on bars with noteworthy food, I was at the Blind...