A Couple Banh Mi Variations
French bread appears all over the city here, from which of course those great Vietnamese sandwiches get made. Our first one featured a slice of pork sizzling in its own lard (evil grin) on a hot plate together with some pate. Shove all of that into some bread that was delightfully lighter than air, and mmm...enough said.
The quality of that bread unfortunately raised the bar so high that we were a bit disappointed when we hit a shop down on Ham Nghi, where several loaves of bread were on display. We grabbed a basic banh mi thit, whose bread was quite a bit more dense and thus less less inspiring. Still, the stuffings of pate, cilantro, and chili peppers kept things going, and one can't exactly complain at only 10,000 Dong (US$0.75).