The thing to get at Nhu Lan Bakery is the lemongrass beef banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich). It’s tender, and just juicy enough that the beef juices mix with the dressing to make it really savory, but not so juicy that the bread gets mushy, says Das Ubergeek.
The other choices for best sandwich: The sunny-side-up egg sandwich is “totally crack,” as is the dac biet (house special sandwich)—“The pate is garlicky, the charcuterie is tender and not rubbery,” says Das Ubergeek. “The bread has that light snap that’s characteristic of Little Saigon baguettes, which tend to be made with part rice flour, the dressing is not overwhelming, the pickles are appropriately tangy, and — most importantly — the cilantro is mostly leaves and not mostly stalky nastiness.”
Bo kho—beef stew—is also above average, as is the condensed-milk-enriched Vietnamese coffee.
Sandwiches are no more than $3 apiece.
Nhu Lan Bakery [Little Saigon]
13036 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove
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