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Kim Chan vs. A Chau [banh mi battle] sd

kare_raisu | May 3, 200809:21 PM

Kim Chan is defitnely among the better banh mi's I have had in San Diego. So far the dac biet is tied for 3rd place with saigon sandwiches behind dore and paris bakery.

Here is my break down >>
Kim Chan Dac biet
- Bread: Nicely heated, crispy exterior, not bad at all [mind you I arrived in the morning]
- Condiment: Margarine ( a slightly heavy hand) in place of mayo
- Herbs: good amount of cilantro, inclusion of thin slice cut green onions
- Pickles: too much carrot in the pickle mix - thin cut, not bad
- Jalapenos: a few - not too much heat
- Charcuterie: thinnest piece of head cheese possible and a jamon is all I noticed.
- Pate: Perhaps the one of the best I have thus far - lovely anisey 5 spice element!

A chau really dissapointed me - I had high hopes seeing the hurried scene and constant flow of customers. I think the quality of the charcuterie was not good - too strong flavored cold cuts threw the balance of a banh mi.

A Chau Dac Biet
- Bread - best part of the entire sandwich, saw them bring it in
- Condiment: way too much margarine
- herbs: few cilantros, pickled white onion - didnt care for
- Pickles: unremarkable thin
- Jalapenos: Good amount
- Charcuterie: I like my carnitas of pig ears - but sliced jellied pig ear was nothing I want to eat again - much prefer head cheese. Brisket -corned beef cold cut - salty adn unbearably strong. Cha lua tasted dry and old.
- Pate - pretty disgusting, really crumbly

BTW: Kim Hung looks like to be another Vietnamese bakery on University - anyone check it out?

Anyone else try these places? Thoughts?

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