There’s something uniquely satisfying about eating a sandwich for lunch. The comfort of the bread, the crunch of the vegetables and the filling taste of meat is sometimes all you need for lunch. After a long day out in the field reporting for class, my group and I found ourselves in need of such a rewarding lunch. We ventured over to Bánh Mì Saigon for banh mi sandwiches.
Banh mi sandwiches are Vietnamese sandwiches that were introduced during the colonial period by the French. In my opinion, they’re the best of both worlds – you get the flavorful components of Asian cuisine combined with the obvious greatness of French bread. What’s not to like?
You can get a variety of meats on your sandwich. I went with the BBQ pork and requested for it to be spicy. The meat was cut up enough that it was easy to eat, but I wish the vegetables had been chopped up more for easier eating. I really enjoyed the BBQ flavor and there was definitely a great spice element. I got a little worried when I noticed there was cilantro on the sandwich because I think it can be an overpowering ingredient. However, they put just the right amount on so it wasn’t too much. My favorite part about the sandwich is how the refreshing components of the vegetables contrast with the heavy and bold flavors of the meat. Plus, then you add bread to is which makes it even better.
I haven’t had much experience with banh mi sandwiches before, but one of the girls in my group said Bánh Mì Saigon is her favorite place to go for them in the city. After I did some Googling, I found Bánh Mì Saigon is actually ranked one of the top banh mi sandwich places in Manhattan. I enjoyed my meal and I would recommend it to others. It’s cheap, fast and delicious.
Bánh Mì Saigon
198 Grand St, New York, NY 10013