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New-York style banh mi? (Is this a thing?)

cjd260 | May 9, 2014 02:04 PM

We've tried a handful of banh mi places in and around Boston since we moved here from New York, and while many of them have been good - and they may be more "authentic", if that has any meaning when applied to Vietnamese sandwiches on French baguettes being sold to American yuppies in gentrifying neighborhoods, than my old standbys in NYC - none of them have had the meat mix that I know and love(d). The banh mi I ate for my first few years of banh mi eating had the same veggies, bread and condiments I've seen around here, but for meat they had a combination of pate, ham and ground pork, all on one sandwich. Banh Mi Ba Le and La Baguette in Dorchester, Cali Sandwich in Lynn, and (so help me) the Bon Me Truck all seem to serve single-meat sandwiches: ham, or barbecued pork, or pate, but never the pate/ham/ground pork mix.

So my question: Are there places in Boston where I can get my three-pork banh mi fix? Is this a specialty with a Vietnamese term that I could ask for? Or is this just a particular regional American variation that didn't make it across the Yankees/Red Sox line?

Cali Sandwich,
Ba Le Restaurant,
Bon Me
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