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.


[Photograph: Nicholas Chen]

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.

If you're curious about their other offerings, read more here.

Tyson Bees

33rd and Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19104 (map)