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

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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.
CHEERS!!!

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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
    http://www.noodlepie.com/street_sandw...
    http://www.noodlepie.com/

    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)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1n...
    http://la-me.net/

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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!
      awesome.
      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.

      http://www.leesandwiches.com/ls_menu_...

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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.
          http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/dallas...