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Great Banh Mi at Pho 888

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Great Banh Mi at Pho 888

YourPalWill | Apr 30, 2003 12:15 AM

Tonight, I made the decison to grab a Banh Mi for a late dinner on the way home from work. It was late when I arrived at BaLe where they had just locked the door and appeared toi be in no mood to let me in for a two and a half buck sandwich which I certainly understand.

Hungry, and slightly damp from the rain, I headed across Broadway to the other side of Argyle because somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind, I had tucked away the memory of a sign that read "Banh Mi- Six Sandwiches $10".

Thus, I arrived at the front door of Pho 888 (not to be confused with Pho 777 which actually goes by another name) or Pho999 (which I don't really think exists).

Keeping with my tradition of Gluttony, I chose to take two banh mi with me tonight, a wonderful roast pork with a thick cut salad of marinated Daikon, cilantro, carrot and jalapeno. A great sandwich, and with the exception of the cut of the vegetables in the salad, very similar to that of BaLe, flavorful with great textures and temperatures.

The real winner of the night was my impulse purchase, a beef stew Bahn Mi. The stew was an interesting concoction of flavorful broth with a slight curry accent, chunks of beef, what appeared to be pieces of tripe and tendon as well as carrot and onion. The beef stew Banh Mi doesn't come with a salad of Daikon and carrot.

After draining the meat and cooked vegetables and placing them on the fresh crisp french roll, I made the critical decision of dunking the roll in the remaining flavorful broth making it a Vietnamese Version of a Johnny's Beef. Thereafter, I spiked it with some of the spicy vinegar from the Malagueta peppers I purchased at Brasil Real last Friday.

It was simply outtstanding and its something that I'll return for again.

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