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Feb 25, 2008 06:14 AM

Banh mi in Carrollton/N.Dallas area and a little help ordering it?

I have lived in Carrollton for about 5 months now and I have discovered 2 places that have great Banh mi, as far as I'm concerned; Carrollton supermart on Josey and Frankford in their little bakery area,and Banh mi Ba Le in the Plaza on Josey and I think it's Beltline??? it's a small shop in a plaza with a sack n save.

I love these sandwiches with a passion. A very close friend that is Vietnamese blindsided me with one of these as a teenager working the night shift at a local hotel in Connecticut. It was 3 am and he was up studying for finals and I was at the hotel trying not to fall asleep at the front desk. He showed up bearing gifts: vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk and 4 banh mi with varied coldcuts that at first, scared the daylights out of me. After 2 bites though... I was hooked. NOTHING compares in the world of sandwiches to the balance and the surprise of the flavors in a banh mi.

Problem is.... I have no idea how to order them, as it is I have been randomly pointing and hoping I come up with a good one and so far I've liked them all. Can anyone give me a rundown on the types of banh mi that are generally available (maybe not everywhere, I know) and what they are in vietnamese so that I might have a little more of a clue next time I'm ordering?
I would sooooo appreciate any help. Even rough translations would be a great help.

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  1. Ginger,

    Your in luck! Carrollton along Beltline is just about the only palce to find Vietnamese in North Dallas (exception of a few place around Addison (Marsh & Trinity Mills) and Preston Rd). I usually frequent Ba-Le and also the Pho shops around that area when not eating at First Chinese BBQ - about 2 doors down from Ba-Le (i.e Pho Pastuer, Pho 2006, Pho Express, and Saigon Pho).

    Here is a good website that give a run down on Bahn Mi's in general there a lot more info about Vietnamese cuisine and specific dishes on the site than you will probably need. The owner of the blog actually lived in Saigon. All I have to say is if you love Bahn Mi....wait until you try Bun Cha Ha Noi....found at La-Me in Dallas....will provide the link below

    Bahn Mi is actually the name for the crusty french bread that usually comes as a side option with Pho (the Vietnamese beef noodle soup and national dish). The slight differences you see after Bahn Mi are the fillings (i.e Bahn Mi Thit Nuong - Crusty French Bread filled with BBQ Shredded Pork


    The typical fillings that you will find at most places here in Dallas are as follows (All names below are preceeded by Bahn Mi, i.e Bahn Mi Pate' Cha):

    Pate' - exactly what is translates (a pate usually made out of pork liver and spices)
    Pate' Cha - Pork Roll sliced with pate'
    Pate' Thit - cold cut rolled ham with pate'
    Thit - cold cut rolled ham (regular american cold cut ham)
    Ga Nuong - Grilled Chicken
    Ga - stir fried shredded chicken (usually the least tasty)
    Xiu Mai - Pork Meatballs in a tomato sauce usually with a bit of pate.....kinda like a italian meatball sub (vietnamese style)
    Bi' - Shredded Pork Skin and roasted rice powder - similar to Mexican carnitas
    Mi Trung - Scambled Egg
    Dac Biet - Special Combo (all the meats the specific shop has)

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    1. re: soulslinger

      You are a lifesaver!!!!! Thank you sooooo much - I am now on my way out the door to get one for lunch!!!

      Thanks for all the links as well, what a great resource for flavor experimentation!
      I am a happy girl.

    2. Lee Sandwiches is supposed to be opening up sometime this year in Garland. Their menu with pictures would give you a good idea of the types of sandwiches out there.

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      1. re: kelly2

        Thanks for the heads up Kelly, I enjoyed Lee's (but not as much as Givral's) in Houston.

        1. re: donnaaries

          Lee's will be in Saigon Mall, which is scheduled to open in the summer.