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Banh Mi Che Cali - newbies are in love!

Will Owen | Mar 26, 2006 08:53 PM

For some reason we'd never gotten around to trying this banh mi thing people keep talking about, though godnose there aren't many secrets left in the SG Valley for us still to uncover...so today we were out having a Sunday runaround, and after we'd scored some good stuff at the big 99 Ranch on San Gabriel and were feeling lunchy, Tania said she wanted to find some banh mi. I immediately remembered the place next to 888 - we've been in there a lot, just never gotten any sandwiches - so we headed over there.

3:30 on a Sunday afternoon is Mob Scene Time there, but we lined up and placed an order for a #2 (ham, meat loaf, headcheese) for me and a #5 (BBQ pork) for the T. After about ten minutes of watching the two young women furiously cranking out a few hundred sandwiches we got ours. Two nice big paper-wrapped baguettes, stuffed with goodies, for $3 plus tax. And golly Moses Ned were they good! I had just a scrap of the BBQ and was not thrilled, though Tania liked it a lot. Mine was a delectable melange of both chewy and gooey porkiness, with the thinly-sliced hot green pepper and the pickled carrot etc. adding just enough heat and tang. My my my. Considering that my ideal of the perfect lunch sandwich, at least up until just now, was the smaller Claro's sub, here was one of equally satisfying size, equally tasty ingredients, on much better bread (to be brutally honest) and at half the price!

Now, if some kind soul would post some pronunciation guidelines for this place so that I could tell people about it as well as write about it...

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