Bun mi, eat mi, love mi. If Bun Mi is any indication of what a Subway tastes like in Vietnam – I’m there. This was a sandwich packed with so many flavors and so far from the turkey subs that I am used to. And quite frankly, I’m not sure I could ever go back. Why bother? Yes, I suppose it is higher in calories than a plain turkey but there are times (most of the time in my world) when calories are just not important. Wait, am I allowed to say that? Let me rephrase: there are times when calories should not be the end all be all when delicious food is on the line.
What is a bánh mì you may ask? According to Wikipedia: a Vietnamese baguette made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers, pate, mayonaise and various meat or tofu fillings
I had read about this restaurant in the Mpls St Paul Magazine and it just so happens to be on the U of M campus, which I like to visit and pretend I’m still in college…. ahh….the good life…for me. Not my Dad. They recommended the Bun Mi Special which is BBQ pork and “specialty eggs”. Specialty eggs for the record are essentially scrambled eggs in some special seasonings. Not from crazy birds like I had suspected. Silly mi. This was amazing. In fact, it might just be the greatest sandwich I’ve ever had. Grilled pork, eggs, cilantro, jalapeno, carrots, cucumbers, etc……and sriracha on the side?
The other sandwich? I just wasn’t that into it. It was the “Vietnamese Classic” though so I did want to give it a try: BBQ pork, pork roll and pate. Pork roll? Pressed, steamed and sliced into little spam-looking pieces. The taster did enjoy it though and was sweet enough to trade me halves. I will stick with the “Bun Mi” Special from now on.