My mission to sample every sandwich filling offered at Bahn Mi Che Cali continues!
Last week's discovery: "Barbeque Beef" and "Beef" on the written menu board of their Brookhurst location actually represent *the same* filling! I had ordered the "beef" a couple of weeks back and found it wonderful, so was looking forward to finding out how the "Barbeque Beef" was different.
I kind of suspected they might be the same thing, just because of the way the menu board is set up--a series of numbers for sandwiches on hoagie rolls, and a separate series for sandwiches served on baguette segments. The "barbeque beef" sandwich is listed only on the hoagie menu, and the "beef" sandwich on the corresponding slot on the baguette menu--and all the other filling choices are identical on both menus...
but on the other hand, whoever did their trilingual (Viiet+English+Spanish) menu board, translated "Barbeque Beef" and "Beef" differently in all three languages, which suggests they were being deliberated differentiated. I guess they were just being consiistently inconsistent!
So I got "repeat" sandwich--the same little lemongrass-flavored grilled mini-burgers in sweet sauce I got when I ordered the "beef". Excellent, but disappointing in that I was looking forward to a new experience.
Today's sandwich: barbequed meat loaf. I had *no* idea what to expect from this one. Was it normal meat loaf (whatever that is) grilled like those mini-beef-burgers? Was it barbeque flavored meat loaf? What would THAT be like?
It turned out to be a soft, pink, very smoky pork pate-like substance that could be best described as a smoky, less greasy version of Spam. (I come from a family of clost Spam fans, so I didn't take this to be a necessarily bad thing.) Certainly not horrible, but not transcendent either. I'd eat it again, but not if I had to go out of my way to do so.
Only two more fillings to go: regular meat loaf and shredded pork rind...