Banh Mi Ba Le opened up a new expanded place at International/19th Ave, four blocks south of their other Oakland location. The new place features a more extensive menu with Banh Cuon & other steamed specialties, Bun dishes, and soups in addition to their sandwich menu. There's about 7 tables for dining in, as well as a huge selection of ready made meals to go.
I've tried 4 of the 12 Banh Mi choices, special combination (headcheese and other cold cuts), grilled pork, pork meatball, and sunnyside up egg. I really enjoyed the latter two today, especially the egg one - the whites were perfectly browned and fluffy, and the yolk just oozing out. I thought the special combination was tasty as well. The grilled pork was ok, just slightly lacking in flavor, but had a generous portion of pork.
I'm no Banh Cuon expert, but I thought it was a pretty good version, not falling apart like some I've tried. The nuoc cham was slightly more on the vinegary side though.
The place gets a good rush a little bit after noon, with the high school a few blocks away. So I'd recommend getting there early or waiting till after the rush. There's a parking lot in the back.
Banh Mi Ba Le
1909 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
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