ba xuyen grilled pork banh mi
stopped through Brooklyn's 8th ave chinatown and split a ridiculously good grilled pork banh mi. good toasted bun, very juicy and saucy filling which tasted like it was not just grilled, but maybe breaded and grilled, crushed peanuts, a decent amount of veg (not overflowing like the jade store place in manhattan's chinatown). we didn't get any spice, but surely it would've kicked it up, but it was so good, so savory and juicy. a hint of fish sauce and the temperature of the whole sandwich was good too, like fresh out the toaster/grill. it's definitely smaller than the manhattan jade store place, but every delicious bite is well worth it. get out there! Next time I go, having the meatball, me thinks.
4222 8th Avenue (near 42nd street)
Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
After going there many times I got tired of the #1 and started working my way through the others. #6 (shredded chicken) became my new favorite and remains so to this day, but I like all of 'em. Try the avocado shake -- it's great. And all the pre-made dishes are good too. About the only thing I'd avoid here are the bubble teas -- mostly made from mixes.
#8 grilled pork is a thing of true beauty.
#1 classic is very good.
i tried another pork on (BBQ?) and thought it boring.
after 4 rounds of side by sides, i'm giving my #1 vote for a #1 classic sandwich to Nha Trang (?? can't find biz card, and forget if that name is right) ... it's on 7th Ave between 60 & 61st (or close) on the WEST side of the street. their classic is saucier and fattier than Ba Xuyen's, which puts it over in my book.
The spiciness of that sauce plus the crunchy bread to scrape the roof of your mouth off as it burns is a painful one-two punch. Quite enjoyable. I love this place. I got dinner for my parents and I the other day and just went down the list #1 through #6. The #1 is great as is the grilled pork one! I wasn't thrilled with the meatball...