Today’s food adventure took me to Vietnam. The Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich was an incredible contribution to the food world! The name banh mi is the term for all things bread, specifically the baguette. During the French colonization of Vietnam, the baguette was introduced and voila! We have banh mi!
I was first introduced to these delicious sandwiches when I lived in San Francisco. I would drive to Clement Street, get my pork banh mi for $1.50 and head to Ocean Beach to sit along the wall and watch the waves crash along the California shore. It was a perfect way to spend a sunny day in San Francisco. Not to mention, it was this ritual that made me a forever fan of these sandwiches.
For quite awhile now, I have been craving a banh mi. The pickings are a little slim where I live, so it is a must to travel outside my city for one. Thanks to Yelp, I found a place in Concord (about 25 minutes away) that had a great selection of banh mi sandwiches and rave reviews to match. I knew this is where I had to go to satisfy my craving!
Saigon Bistro** has about 15 tables and a great menu with everything from banh mi, to pho, to rice plates, oh and don’t forget the Vietnamese coffee! I ordered a BBQ Pork Banh Mi and it was everything I had been hoping for and more! I told my brother, “The more crumbs I have on me after I eat one of these, the better the sandwich!” Let me just say, this bread was so light and flakey and I was covered at the end of my meal!
The BBQ Pork Banh Mi has mayo, bbq pork, pickled carrots and daikon, jalapeno and cilantro. Can you say D E L I C I O U S ?
This sandwich, along with some sriracha sauce makes me a very happy girl. And for $4.50 you cannot go wrong. Saigon Bistro had every table full and every plate empty. A great little sport for a great little sandwich!
** For Saigon Bistro address visit my “Where to Eat” page.
Cheers and happy eating!