After an earlier post where I asked about Vietnamese food near me (Burbank), I've been inspired to overcome my trepidation of Chinatown to seek out good eats.
So today on the way home from USC, I 'brazenly' drove down Broadway to this decrepit little side mall with a bunch of other Vietnamese stores. Most looked closed up and not just for the day. There was a "Pho Hoa" with an "A" rating, but it had a For Lease sign in the window... too bad.
Anyway, I got two sandwiches, thinking I could have half of each for variety - the Bu'u Dien (special/combo) sandwich and the Roast Pork, both $1.75. They smelled lovely in the car on the way home, nice and savory and I could even smell a bit of jalapeno pepper.
They were quite large, probably about 10 inches. The special/combo was well laden with all the requisite mystery meats, a bit of pate, nice vinegary carrots and that white vegetable. Some cucumber, cilantro,onion and jalapeno as well. The bread was ok, but just ok. It was a normal size but it somehow tasted like there was more bread than I'm used to. Not to say it was stale, but it wasn't quite as crispy/airy as it could have been. the Roast pork was a sliced up log of pink meat, tasty if you don't think about the processing that goes into it. Next time I'll probably just stick with the combo.
All in all, not bad. You just can't beat a tasty, savory meal for $1.75. But there's no need to end the search here. I saw another banh mi place on Ord, I think, between Broadway and New High that I'll try out next... if I don't get sidetracked by a pho place on the way...
Bu'u Dien French Sandwiches
642 N. Broadway