I posted this on the LA Area Board, in a thread about Banh Mi, but the nature of my question seems better suited to this board.
I have been intrigued by Banh Mi, after reading so much about it here, but have never tried it. It's time!
But ........... I have some questions to help make sure I'm trying something representative and good.
To be totally honest, I saw a Huell Howser (SoCal-centric PBS travelogue) episode the other night which was done at, I think, Mr. Baguette (in Rosemead, CA). During the show the camera focused tightly on an example of the subject sandwich. What I saw was a french baguette with a little bit of sliced meat, cheese (I think) and some lettuce. As much as I appreciate the foods of other cultures on their own terms, I couldn't help but wonder what the big deal could be about that sandwich.
So help me out, please. What makes a 'good' banh mi good? What fillings show off the cuisine best...... or is it just personal taste? How does it differ from similar sandwiches? What else do I need to know? TIA