Monday, March 1, 2010
Next Vietnamese Question: Where Bahn Mi?
French bread. Barbecued pork, lemongrass chicken, pate, or some other savory base. Topped with cilantro, cucumbers, pickled radish, hot peppers. These sandwiches were some of my favorite treats when I lived in Northern Virginia. We stopped at Ba Le in Rockville on the way home from the Container Store, and it made us both crave them again.
Ba Le is a hole in the wall. It's counter service with sandwiches, pho, and some other basics. We loved the $2 glasses of young coconut milk, and we split three sandwiches. Does anyone offer a bahn mi around here? Any Vietnamese places? Anywhere else? The Chinese takeout across from the Columbia Halal Meat in Elkridge advertises bahn mi in its neon sign, but they say that was a former owner.
My plan is a "Bon Fresco bahn mi." They don't sell bahn mi now, but Bon Fresco and the bahn mi both thrive on great baguettes and high quality ingredients. The Columbia restaurant just needs to add lemongrass pork or Chinese sausage to the Italian cold cuts that they do so well. I'll stand in line. I'll start a Facebook group. I'll do whatever we need. Hell, I picked a opening date for the Columbia Wegmans. Why can't I propose a sandwich for Bon Frescho? I need bahn mi.
Until I can buy bahn mi, I'm going to try to use some recipes that I found on the local Fat Kinds LIke Ranch blog. Christy links the the Battle of the Bahn Mi site -- and also to Andrea Nguyen's Viet World Kitchen.