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Nov 1, 2006 08:32 PM

Banh mi in Miami

I'd never heard this place existed until this article in the New Times. Apparently it's a Vietnamese sandwich/bubble tea shop. And here I'd been going to Pompano Beach for banh mi fixes.

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  1. Thank goodness. I was wondering when 167th St. was going to enter the 1990s. Shame it's a barebones takeout. I would think that area could support a modern teahouse/cafe.

    1. Someone needs to explain to me the appeal of bubble tea. I am an adventurous eater willing to try just about anything and find something redeeming about it, but I just don't get what is so appealing about this stuff. I have tried it several times, several flavors, and it just strikes me as a noxious, oversweetened snapple with mushy, gloopy, slightly bitter balls which seem to sit in your stomatch for hours afterward. The novelty of sucking them up through a big straw wears off pretty quickly. What am I missing?

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        I do prefer the tea and coffee-based ones over most of the powdered fruity things. And the sago balls aren't supposed to be mushy; they should be more chewy than anything else.

        Which doesn't mean the drink isn't insanely sweet and the balls don't necessarily sit in your stomach for hours, but that's what makes horse racing.


      2. Have to agree that I've never been able to gather what makes people like any kind of drink with nasty, gelatinous balls sunk at the bottom. I also agree that the slushy fruity bases are too sweet and syrupy, but the coffee and tea concoctions aren't so bad. I'd just rather have them w/o the "bubbles". If I wanted to chew on bubbles, i'd just grab a wad of rubber bands.

        1. OK, chewy is probably more accurate than mushy, although "gloopy" I think may be closest.

          1. Is that awesome VIetnamese place still open on Calle Ocho across from Versailles...the name escapes me at the moment.

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            1. re: netmover

              If you mean Hy Vong, it is still open, still popular, and still beloved, but some of us find it more greasy than awesome. It is rarely patronized by anyone Vietnamese.