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Italian guy making Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi) in Montreal's Chinatown


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Italian guy making Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi) in Montreal's Chinatown

nooyawka | Jul 21, 2010 06:12 PM

So while I was visiting Montreal, I wandered by this little spot on St. Laurent and was tempted by the pictures of the various sandwiches posted in the window. So I walked in and saw the guy peeking out from near the back. I could see that he was not 100% Asian, but I thought nothing of it, figuring he was mixed. So I started speaking Cantonese to him, asking for a banh mi. He said to me back in English "sorry I don't speak Vietnamese. I'm learning that tomorrow." So I laughed and spoke to him in English. As he tells it, he took over the spot to help out a friend in need and he's been there ever since. I asked for the basic banh mi (I think #1, not sure). I watched him prepare it. After he put the spread on, and the meats on, he stuck it into the toaster oven. The sandwich was really below average. The vegetables were not crunchy, the meats lacked flavor and the bread was soggy. But I thought it was a cool experience and we had a good convo. Sorry, for the life of me, I made a mental note of the place, but can't recall the name...

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