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Ba Xuyen

gangly handful Dec 27, 2006 07:12 PM

Just wanted to note that I had a phenomenal #1 (Classic) bahn mi sandwich today for lunch at Ba Xuyen. Thanks to Chowhound for the recommendation. It is well worth the trip and they are tremendously friendly there. I also had two of the small, pork/cabbage spring rolls that you grab with tongs from a hotbox (pretty tasty) and the intriguing pickled lemonade (probably wouldn't get this again--it is incredibly tart). I was impressed with the size of the sandwich and the baguette, which was perfectly crispy/chewy. I just wish I lived closer.

  1. Bob Martinez Jul 15, 2008 09:23 AM

    We stopped by Ba Xuyen for my monthly bahn mi fix on Saturday. I'd fallen into the rut of always ordering the shredded pork version and this time around I thought, what the hell, lets take a walk on the wild side. We both ordered the BBQ pork. Why did I wait so long to order this? This is a great sandwich - the taste of the pork was a mixture of sweet and spicy. They also use a mild peanut sauce which gives it an almost sate-like quality.

    They've raised their prices slightly since I was last there but it's still a silly bargain at $3.75. Perhaps to compensate the amount of pork on the sandwich was fairly generous by bahn mi standards. Better still, they're using better bread. In the past the baguette was merely serviceable. The crust was quite brittle and it shattered into a million crumbs as you took your first bite. This time around the bread is considerably better. While they still toast it the crust now holds together and the baguette is much more flavorful.

    The Red Hook ballfields open this Saturday and I expect the lines to be insane. I'm going to skip the zoo and head back to Ba Xuyen for another one of those sandwiches.

    Ba Xuyen
    4222 Eighth Avenue (at 42nd St.)

    Edit - My GF has reminded me that there were chopped peanuts on the bahn mi and not actual peanut sauce. It's still a great sandwich.

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    1. re: Bob Martinez
      Polecat Jul 15, 2008 05:31 PM

      This remains my standard in NYC for Bahn Mi. Interesting what you write about the bread - it's always, for me, been one of the things that distinguishes Ba Xuyen. I've always found it fresher, crisper, more baguette-like than what is served up at other venues. Interested to go back to try what they're serving now.

      And, yeah, the BBQ pork is one of my favorites here. I also dig the sardine. If you haven't yet, give it a whirl, knock it back with a jackfruit shake (or, better yet, a durian) and take no prisoners.

    2. pitu Feb 10, 2007 11:18 AM

      I was at Ba Xuyen today -- they are going to be closed next weekend
      Feb 17 & 18, 2007
      for New Year's

      1. Woodside Al Jan 9, 2007 10:24 PM

        Also love their chicken sandwich ever since they were back in the old place on 7th Ave.

        1. Peter Cuce Jan 9, 2007 10:02 PM

          Wanted to let everyone know that Ba Xuyen recently changed their hours to: 7:30am to 6:30pm. They used to close at 8pm. I was lucky on my last visit to arrive on the stroke of 6:30, and they were nice enough to crank out a scrumptious #1 for me.

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            Tay Dec 29, 2006 08:23 AM

            Ahhh... In my greedy haste, I didn't look far enough back on the board.
            I see the address has already been posted.
            Mea Culpa...

            1. t
              Tay Dec 29, 2006 08:22 AM

              Sounds yummy...
              Where is it located, please?

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                jdf Dec 28, 2006 07:44 PM

                Went there today for the first time. I had the #1 classic and the fresh lemonade. Thought the sandwich was huge and the bread and meat were great. Just wish the vegetables were a little more pickled. All in all, a great sandwich, but I may still give the one on Broome Street a slight edge (haven't tried the one on Mott).

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                1. re: jdf
                  ghbrooklyn Dec 28, 2006 11:17 PM

                  The bahn mi dac biet and bahn mi ga at the place on Mott(saigon bakery, in the back of the jewelry store) are fantastic. They have the best barbecued pork in the city. But Ba Xuyen is my local favorite. And the people there are incredibly nice.

                  1. re: jdf
                    Peter Cuce Dec 29, 2006 08:18 AM

                    I prefer Ba Xuyen by leaps and bounds over the Broome St place. Even the bread is a zillion times better.

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                    Missyme Dec 27, 2006 08:47 PM

                    I'd love to choose a favorite, too. Alas, I don't know where this treasure is! Address, please?

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                    1. re: Missyme
                      pitu Dec 27, 2006 09:20 PM

                      google is your friend . . .
                      but since it's the holidays, here you go:
                      Ba Xuyen is located at 4222 8th Avenue (8th btw 42nd and 43rd st.)
                      Sunset Park, Brooklyn

                    2. Peter Cuce Dec 27, 2006 08:13 PM

                      The chicken (#6) is my favorite.

                      1. pitu Dec 27, 2006 07:43 PM

                        I'm quite fond of the meatball sandwich or the grilled pork (very lemongrassy) as an alternative to #1
                        but #1 is still my favorite

                        the coconut custard sweet, and the spring and summer rolls are all very yum too . . .

                        1. Brian S Dec 27, 2006 07:17 PM

                          People on the Manhattan board were just remarking that nothing there is as good as Ba Xuyen


                          1. jen kalb Dec 27, 2006 07:15 PM

                            next time try #8, the BBq pork - its also great.
                            glad you liked it.

                            I made the pickled lemon mistake once too - their regular lemonade and their iced coffee is terrific.

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