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Banh Mi Thit Nuong at Thanh Huong Sandwich (Senter Road, San Jose)

Melanie Wong | Nov 9, 201112:05 AM     23

Thanh Huong Sandwich on Senter Road in San Jose has been recommended for its banh mi for ages on this board as a favorite of South Bay ‘hounds. I finally got around to trying it and there’s good reason for the praise.

The overhead pictorial menu board lists about 20 different sandwich choices, including non-meated fillings, plus noodles and other hot dishes. Instead of analyzing them all, I decided to start at the beginning with #1. That turned out to be
Banh Mi Thit Nuong (grilled pork). The sandwiches are all priced at $3 apiece. http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

The bread was as good as promised by Ken Hoffman. The roll was quite pale, but warmed up to a shatteringly crispy crust with a soft, tender crumb. Some of that crumb was pulled out to create a hollow for the filling. Intensely flavored grilled pork was on the fatty side and nice and tender with charred aromas. This was garnished with very fresh cilantro, crisp and tart/sweet pickled carrots and daikon, jalapeño slices, and some raw onion spread evenly over the length of the roll. Too much onion and shy on cilantro for me, and quite lavish with the “butter”, but what lovely eggy spread that was. Thanh Huong’s #1 easily beats out the recent grilled pork banh mi I had from San Francisco’s Little Vietnam.

What’s your favorite order here?

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Thanh Huong Sandwich
2593 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

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