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Banh Mi mini crawl (Fresno) we have a winner!

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Banh Mi mini crawl (Fresno) we have a winner!

PolarBear | May 24, 2005 09:13 PM

Second leg of the crawl this week took me to the Asian Village at Kings Canyon and Winery that I mentioned previously. The Pho Phuong Nine place seems to specialize in noodle soup, almost 30 on the menu. They also have Chowmein (Mi xao), Rice Noodle Chow Fun (Pho xao) and a good number of rice dishes (Com dia), but no banh mi. Picked up a sandwich from the place next door, it was pre-made and wrapped in plastic, and like the place (Pho 75 #2?) on the corner of First and McKinley, was rather skimpy on the filling.

However, Pho Paradise at 1848 N. First (about 1/2 way btw McKinley and Clinton) came through. I'd passed them by previously since their signage indicates they specialize in seafood. Under appetizers on the menu there are 4 banh mi listed Banh Mi Thit Nguoi Pate (the standard cold cuts), Banh Mi Ga (chicken), Banh Mi thit Heo Nuong (grilled pork) and Banh Mi thit Bo Nuong (grilled beef).

I picked up one of the cold cuts (2.00, same for the chicken) and one of the grilled pork (2.75, as is the beef). The one with cold cuts was almost identical to the one I'd had from May Cafe both quite good, but the grilled pork was superb. Wonderful flavors, and both had been warmed in a toaster oven. Really wish I'd stopped in here before the warm weather hit, want to try their Pho first chance I get.

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