This humble tasty Vietnamese staple is perfect for the pick up and eat on the go New Yorker lifestyle.
Bánh Mì Saigon in New York's Chinatown in Manhattan is a popular place to pick up a freshly made Vietnamese sandwich.
Bánh Mì has carbs, protein and fibre all in one handy tasty package.
The queue at Bánh Mì Saigon is quite long during lunch but the line clears quickly as service is efficient, if a bit scruffy at times.
There was limited seating along the ledge and there was no bathroom for customers.
The Bánh Mì or Vietnamese style sandwich ranges from USD4.50 to USD5.75 depending on the filling. The sandwiches were freshly assembled on order.
This was the BBQ pork sandwich USD4.50.
The Vietnamese ham and pate sandwich USD4.50.
The baguette was light, crispy outside and fluffy inside. Nearly a foot long, it was quite large and not hard or chewy at all.
The Vietnamese ham and pate were soft and slightly savoury. The slaw of pickled shredded carrot and (daikon) radish, fresh cilantro, chili pepper and thick cucumber wedges were crunchy, sweet and tangy. The filling was slapped on generously.
Overall, Bánh Mì Saigon's Vietnamese sandwiches were a likable package of complex yet well balanced flavours and value for money.
Restaurant name: Bánh Mì Saigon
Address: 198 Grand Street, NYC New York
Hours: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Date visited: 18 Dec 2014
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