One mornin’ at breakfast, I said to my wife,
We been everywhere once and some places twice,
As I had another helping of country ham,
She said “We ain’t never been to Vietnam,
And there’s a bunch of our boys over there.”
So we went to the Orient: Saigon.
“Singin’ in Vietnam Talkin’ Blues” by Johnny Cash
Bánh mì for me (pun alert), was love at first bite (seriously???). For those of you that are unfamiliar, it is a Vietnamese sandwich made with a baguette, pickled vegetables, jalapenos, cilantro and most importantly, usually a pork product like sliced pork or head cheese. While I would not consider myself a bánh mì expert, I do know my way around a sandwich. I will be reviewing Bay Area bánh mì with the assistance of my culinary research team: Elissa, Kevin, Dena, and Arjun.
My bánh mì posts will review only pork bánh mì with whatever are the standard accoutrements of the particular establishment I am reviewing. My criteria are as follows: a crunchy yet chewy baguette, flavorful condiments, a little heat and some wonderful pork. Last but not least, the bánh mì must be cheap (most are usually around three bucks).
Name: Latte Express
Location: 48 5th St San Francisco, CA (Near Powell Street BART)
Out of five Saigon Stars
Price: 2 ($4.20)
Overall: 3.5 Saigon Stars