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BC Deli owners now operating Saigon Express in Berkeley

hyperbowler | Mar 13, 201204:20 PM

I stopped in for a banh mi today and noticed that they have a new sandwich sign and a few new people behind the counter. The old staff were always very nice, so I was glad to see that they retained a few of them as well.

The sandwiches currently use the same bread that the old Saigon Express used, but the new owners prepare the fillings differently. The bread's never been great, so hopefully they'll switch to what's used at BC Deli. The vegetarian sandwich is an improvement. In addition to slices of fried tofu, there's also a more unevenly shaped product that's pretty good (gluten or soy?). The combination sandwich seemed to have higher quality meat, but it was missing something in the fat and salt department. I need to try it again, but I think they're now just using a normal amount of mayo, and the overuse of mayo helped compensate for the lousiness of the bread in the past.

Their 8 sandwiches now include a beef banh mi and a tuna banh mi. The soups have started changing already, and they'll be rolling out a full new menu in a few weeks.

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