Banh Mi

Tofu Banh Mi

Courtesy. TheKitchn.com

Move over, Cheese steak, there’s a new kid in town. The Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich.

Growing up in my part of the world, children are pretty much weaned on Italian Hoagies and Philly Cheese steaks.

We are snobs about them. There has to be the right kind of bread, the choicest deli, top round steak sliced to thin perfection, the sweetest onions etc.

Vietnamese cuisine has been around for decades, but seems to be flourishing now more than ever.

Enter the Banh Mi. I had my first one in New York City, at Manhattan’s Chelsea Market. It was recommended by my daughter. She had me at the description.

Crusty baguette, pickled carrot with daikon radish, thin sliced cucumber and jalapeno pepper, grilled meat, fish or tofu; all topped with fresh cilantro and seasoned with chili-spiced garlic mayonnaise.

It is a near perfect combination of sweet, sour, salty, spicy, crunchy and creamy. It touches all parts of the palate, an amazingly satisfying sandwich experience.

She ordered the fried catfish version, I had the lemongrass tofu. We swapped half-way. They were equally delicious.

We exchanged a look that only foodies understand. We could not speak. We were savoring the moment.

I’ll never look at a traditional hoagie the same way again.

Ruined.

***This is Day 4 of the 5 Days- 5 Photos challenge.***

Thanks to Colleen at Silver Threading for the nomination.

5 Days – 5 Photos: Foggy Morning in the Field

Van ❤️

 

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30 Responses to Banh Mi

  1. LaVagabonde says:

    This just made me super hungry.

    • That’s funny, Julie, my first draft had a “trigger warning”..Do not read when hungry. I pulled it out, didn’t want to seem like I was mocking the serious posts’ trigger warning.

  2. sounds and looks delish Van! ❤
    Diana xo

  3. Van, that looks fabulous! Yummy! 💕

  4. Nurse Kelly says:

    Yum – thanks for the recommendation!

    • My pleasure, Kelly. I was advised to skip on the popular pulled pork version..they use a lot of the skins in that one. (probably still delicious, just more fat). 💕

  5. Nothing like a good sandwich. Now I’m hungry.

  6. Having moved to the Philly suburbs, I was struck by how obsessed people here are with hoagies, pretzels and cheesesteaks. People are divided over loyalties to particular cheesesteak places too. It’s fanatacism. I don’t like pretzels and I don’t eat red meat so I am definitely an outsider here in that regard (actually in most regards but the food thing seems to stun people every time). This sandwich you write about, however, could be an alternative I would happily munch. It sounds very tasty indeed. I love catfish so that option would appeal.

    • For sure, in South Philly, there is the battle between Geno’s and Pat’s steaks on opposite corners, even. The catfish was so surprising and flavorful and complemented the veggies. ☺

      • My husband has eaten at both Geno’s and Pat’s – just for scientific study, of course. He had a preference but I can’t remember for which place’s cheesesteak.

        The first time I had catfish was in Natchez-under-Hill, Mississippi, and it was like a tastebud revelation. Now I order it any time it’s on the menu when we eat out – which is sadly not often.

      • Catfish is so big in the South, I used to get it “blackened”..grilled and spicy ! ☺

  7. LadyPinkRose says:

    Oh, Van, you are too funny!! My mouth was watering as I read the description. But your last part made me laugh. Ruined. And the look. LOL Thank YOU for the laugh!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

    • Thanks, Amy. My daughter are I are like-minded in so many ways…even about food. ☺ And when you appreciate flavors and textures…no words are needed. She gets that ! 💕

  8. George says:

    I’m not a tofu fan but the rest looks good to me….:)

  9. That looks GOOD. I can taste it, by your description. It’s Asian fare in American language (bread).

  10. lbeth1950 says:

    I am starving now!

  11. Angie Mc says:

    I’m with you on the whole hoagie snob thing. I about died when I moved to the west coast and they put mustard on an Italian sub…mustard!

    I’ve had my eye on this sandwich since seeing it on Food Channel. When I get a chance, I’m all in 😀

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