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Cafe Duong Dong-Bahn mi

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Cafe Duong Dong-Bahn mi

Candice | May 7, 2006 10:31 PM

I was driving by today when I noticed a parking spot directly in front of Cafe Duong Dong (I'm pretty sure that it's spelled that way). It was mentioned the other day so I ran in to grab a bahn mi.

One guy was sitting at the counter along the window and there were 2 tables full of Vietnamese men, all of them are playing dice. A lone woman tended to a small child and was cooking up something in an electric pot. No menu is present on the wall or elsewhere, the sign outside announces bahn mi, coffee, and sandwiches. I asked for a sandwich, just one the woman questions? It turns out to be a combo (aka dac biet) for $2.50.

She assembled a rather large bahn mi on a run of the mill French roll, it lacks the shattering crunchy crust of my preferred bahn mi. Part of the inner bread was removed before being spread with mayo and pate. The roll then goes into the toaster oven for a while to warm it while some pork (it didn't appear to be roasted) goes into the microwave. Head cheese, pork roll, and another mystery cold cut went into the roll. Although the meats were ok, the veggies were crisp and fresh. Large spears of cucumber, matchsticks of chilies (I had to ask for them) and lightly pickled carrots, and fresh cilantro are lightly dressed with a dash of soy sauce and some black pepper.

Interesting place to stop by if you're on that corner, but I wouldn't go out of the way for this bahn mi.

315 Leavenworth @ Eddy
415-359-0215

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