Things to Try: Vietnamese Sandwiches

Have you ever had a Vietnamese sandwich? Also called bánh mì, the sandwich is made from a baguette and filled with meat, pickled radish and carrot, cilantro, cucumber, jalapenos and a thin layer of mayonnaise. Popular meats include grilled pork or chicken, pate, cured pork head cheese and ham. The sandwiches taste light and refreshing compared to American ones and at most Vietnamese shops, much cheaper with prices ranging from $3 – $5.

One of our freelance stylists, Joanne, also makes homemade Vietnamese sandwiches. Several coworkers and I pre-ordered our sandwiches and she brought them to our office. I was too shy to ask for a picture, but Joanne was adorable in her bright orange apron carrying a basketful of sandwiches.

She had three options: grilled pork, grilled chicken or grilled tofu. I got the grilled pork and the sandwich was cutely wrapped with a customized sticker. The sandwich was pretty good. The pork was a tad salty (I had to drink a lot of water afterwards), but it had the perfect ratio of vegetables and meat. The bread was also not overly crusty, but a soft, tender roll. When eating Vietnamese sandwiches, you have to be careful of the jalapenos, they're lethal! I had to remove several from mine because it was way too hot to handle. I tend to order mine without them since I know I can't handle the heat.

I thought it was a great idea to sell homemade sandwiches. I've always wanted to do that…have a regular job but also make some extra money on the side. Hmm..we'll see if I ever get around to it. :P

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