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Lee's Sandwich/bahn mi epicenter

gordon wing | Feb 8, 200312:56 PM

made a slight detour yesterday on the way to work in San Jose....stopped for a chicken bahn mi (vietnamese sandwich) and a staggerlingly strong cup of iced coffee. I went to the branch of Lee's Sandwich on South King near Tully. It was on the tail end of lunch but there was a steady flow of customers. The store is packed with an array of hot foods, sandwich offerings, tables full of prepared and pre-wrapped foods, a beverage counter, a freshly baked goods counter (breads, croissants, etc) and more.... lots to look at and consume. Their bread is baked in batches (hourly) throughout the day to insure freshness. My chicken bahn mi was $1.50 and a very good deal. Crunchy bread (heated)with a soft interior, a good amount of chicken, julienned carrot, daikon, etc....cilantro, all dressed - moist but not dripping. I liked that the jalapenos were thinly sliced so you could have the heat but not go numb. my friend ordered our drinks...I don't think they got our order right (iced coffee with milk) because it was incredibly strong coffee with no evidence of milk (condensed milk?) - the cup wasn't filled - in retrospect, I'm wondering if there was a station to add our own milk or to water it down somewhat? As the ice melted it was more drinkable and later I added some water to it and it was easier to handle....the amazing thing was that as strong as it was, the coffee was not at all bitter or unpleasant - just too intense. Did I miss something here? Am I just a coffee wimp? On the way down Tully , just around the corner, I noticed a branch of Huong Lan - another mini chain that features sandwiches also -theirs start at $1.25 and are also freshly made. At least that's the price at the one in Sacramento that I went to a few months ago. I thought the sandwich at Lee's was very good but I'm not quite ready to say that it's better than the one offerred at Saigon Sandwich ($2.25-2.50?) This area of San Jose is quite the aggregate of Asian businesses - lots to explore!


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