Bahn Mi North of Finch?
Are there any spots north of Finch (Thornhill, Markham, Richmond Hill area) that have banh mi?
I've tried the usual Asian malls (First Markham, Pacific), but haven't seen any. Suggestions?
B&T Bahn Mi Review
I visited the B&T takeout deli (across from ChuckECheese beside the Vaughan Mills mall) today. This is my first banh mi experience, so I don't know how it compares to others, but it was exactly as I expected.
There were several choices, either $1.50 or $2 each. I was overwhelmed by the selection. Curried chicken sausage, barbeque pork, barbeque chicken, sweet pork sausage, too many choices. I decided to splurge : ) on the $2 lemongrass sausage banh mi.
The sandwich was crusty mini baguette (yes, a baguette), with mayo, stuffed generously with sliced lemongrass sausage, pickled radish and carrots, coriander and a spicy vinaigrette. It was quite spicy, but yummy! I had to take off the top half of the baguette b/c I just couldn't stuff the sandwich in my mouth.
Out of curiousity, I also purchased a $1 shrimp cake, which was like a muffin stuffed with shrimp and mung beans. What was I thinking? It was stale and greasy and I ended up throwing it out. I should have bought the 85 cent spring roll instead.
Anyway, I can't wait to bring my husband for lunch here when we go to the mall. Even with the bad cake, I paid $3! I can't get a small latte for that! How much would a Quizno's or Mr Sub cost? Probably at least twice as much.
We are so lucky to be living in the GTA where an Asian grocery and deli like B&T or T&T can happily do business adjacent to a nice mall where you will find Holt Renfrew, H&M, Lululemon, Club Monaco. Where else in North America would we find that?
If you go further east near the Bulk Barn, the Bakery almost next door does a fabulous Bahn Mi, letting the sandwich go through an electric heater for a few seconds and the bread itself is so superb. The #1 listed and shown is the best, but only one tried! You can also pick up Chinese desserts. There is a small sit down area if required. Such a great sandwich, but after several pleadings, cannot get it hot enough at all!!! Hardly hot is the problem with never enough chilies!
And at Market Village, the grocer Fu Wah (the one on the north side of the mall) has banh mi ... but dunno whether its any good.