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  • rebecca Feb 4, 2006 11:26 AM
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Has anyone tried Hanko's Vietmanese Sandwich/bubble tea? Hoping it's good. May try it today.

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  1. yes, if you scroll down there was a thread recently.

    I tried one a few days ago (the classic) and was quite good. Not as good as the one I had in manhattan a cpl months ago but very good nonetheless. Ask for spicy and extra cilantro.

    1. I tried their Classic & Sardine, both amazingly delicious. Also don't miss out on their other specialty Bubble Teas. So far Hanco's made the best bubble teas i had before. Their texture of the Tapioca's are cooked perfectly. Not too hard. not too soft. Soft but chewy. Last but not least their Iced Vietnamese Coffee is very good as well.

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      1. re: Jess

        Corrected the spelling for future searches.

        Anyways, I had their classic, and I have to say it was good. Not great - there are dozens of better banh mis to be had out there. That said, it is quite authentic and I'm very surprised it popped up here in "yuppie Brooklyn". When I can't make it to Chinatown or Sunset Park, and I'm craving a banh mi, I'll have no problem grabbing one of these.

        1. re: Lambretta76

          I'd also like to add that they're a touch on the small side for a banh mi, but I imagine their rent is a bit higher than say, the back of a cellular phone store on 8th and 50th in Sunset Park.

          1. re: Lambretta76

            yes, they are a touch on the small side, but the bread is tasty, the sandwich is good, and i for one am totally happy to welcome them to the nabe!

            I would suggest calling ahead if you are going late or on a weekend evening, as the night i was there they ran out of bread. (fortunately for me, it was after my order) nothing worse than walking down to bergen street only to find they don't have any sandwiches.

          2. re: Lambretta76

            I agree. Their banh mi were actually a little better than I'd expected for the neighborhood. Not Sunset Park caliber, but a more than decent option if you happen to be near Bergen St.

            What would really excite me would be if they had all the snacks like Ba Xuyen does. I can't live on banh mi, alone.

            Link: http://www.scaredycatstalker.com/dini...

            1. re: Lambretta76

              Thursday evening they were turning people away because they were out of bread! They must've also ran out of peppers, because mine came with extra chili paste instead.

              That's my only "bad" experience, but I don't mind. I'm really glad to see them do well - Maybe it'll encourage people to take more chances with Smith St restaurants.

              1. re: EJC

                I had asked one of the employee at Hanco's and they told me that they don't use the Jalapenos anymore. Instead they use the Siracha Chili paste. The reason they said was that the jalapenos is spicy on certain times and not spicy at all on other times. They will have to gamble on that one. The lady had respond that several customers compained that the sandwich are not spicy at all even tho they asked for spicy. So now they use Siracha chili sauce so they wont get any compains anymore. I'm fine with that i love siracha hot sauce.

                1. re: Tom
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                  Hooray, I'm SO GLAD they will use chili paste now! I also thought the sandwich was too bland, even though it had a couple of jalapenos in it. Now I can't wait to try Hanco's again.

                  Thanks for the info, Tom.

          3. But they use mayo, and ground pork instead of roast pork. Still tasty, but a minor disappointment.

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            1. re: Sarah McC

              You can order the pork chop sandwich, which is different that the ground pork. It's beautifully charred and delicious.

            2. Love it. The classic is great. Spring rolls can be a bit bland, but overall I can't complain. If you're in a hurry, it's not like a "deli" where you'll get your sandwhich in 3 minutes. My average wait time is about 10 minutes... so call ahead if you need to.

              1. I agree on the roll---after the novelty of the properties of extreme gluten sticking to your lips & fingers wears off, it offers little to justify its existence. And yes to the classic---I love the texture of the pork pate. The sandwich is a little gem of flavors. And just the right spiciness.
                I was very surprised at the length of my wait for two sandwiches a couple of months ago---around 20 minutes (with four customers ahead of me). Had to go to the counter to make sure I hadn't gotten lost in the shuffle. No trauma. I agree that the average is around 10 minutes.

                1. Food: EXCELLENT. Really great Sandwiches, Noodle dishes.

                  Services: Friendly, But AWFUL. We went there on a Sunday afternoon, and it was kind of crowded but not overflowing by any means, and it took 45 minutes for us to get our sandwiches. Which is completely unacceptable for a sandwich that is made entirely from ingredients prepared ahead of time, except for the toasting of the bread. Worse, they dont seem to recognize just how ridiculous it is for a sandwich joint to take longer to serve you than your average sitdown meal. While I can vouch for the food, DO NOT go here if you're in any kind of a rush, and bring a good book, or the Sunday Times Crossword, which you'll probably be able to finish in the time it takes you to get your sandwich.

                  1. but it is oh so tasty!!!

                    1. In 45 minutes you can go to Sunset Park - get an even better banh mi - and be on your way back to the subway. Or just call Nicky's and pre-order one for pick-up.

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                      1. re: lambretta76

                        First off, will people stop toying with me and open an actual Pho place on Smith street? Enough with the delicious banh mi already. I mean, I love them and all, but it's like settling for a different movie when the one you want to see is sold out.

                        As for Hanco's I've written before about the slower than average time it takes to get a sandwhich, but most days it's around a 10 minute wait, which isn't all that bad. I'm just an instant gratification kind of guy.

                        1. re: bhill

                          You are lucky to get a good bahn mi sandwith with only a 10 min wait! the best ones involve multiple toasting steps, first just the bread, then the bread with the meats - when An Dong was open, I used to order them and take a 15 min shopping stroll. by that time, the pate and mayo were deliciously melty and the nice porky meat flavors were enhanced. Ba Xuyen is quicker than this, and other places try to mass produce (unconvincingly, in my view) but Id settle down to a wait if they are making you a tasty sandwich!

                          By the way, I just had the pork BBQ sandwich at Ba Xuyen for the first time and it was scrumptious - with a good flavor of lemongrass - much better than my one try at Saigon Banh Mi in manhattan. a pleasant surprise, gives me a good altenative to the #1 and chicken sandwiches.

                      2. I don't get the bubble tea. I couldnt find the gall to swallow the tapioca balls. They are good to spit out though. Sandwiches were really tasty. Classic and Pork execellent. I would prefer a better roll to go on though.

                        1. After trying Nicky's a couple times I've come to a few conclusions regarding my neighborhood's competing banh mi restaurants:

                          Banh Mi: Hanco's is better overall. Nicky's has better bread, but I think they chop their veggies a little too thick and the fillings can be inconsistent. Hanco's has delicious pate and an overall better taste.

                          Variety: Nicky's. Having the rice and vermicelli dishes is a big plus. The chicken, though pre-grilled, really hits the spot.

                          Drinks: Nicky's. I'll take their delicious lime-ade over bubble tea any day.

                          Wait time: Nicky's. You can usually get in and out of there in 10 minutes or less.

                          Overall verdict: Hanco's. It's the sandwiches, stupid!