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French Bread Baguettes for Bahn Mi

I was just in Austin, TX where they do a really good Bahn Mi. I had one with Chinese Roast Pork, jalapenos and the mayonaise-y sauce....ummmm. I know everyone loves Rose Cafe and Ba Le but I'm just not feeling it so I was going to try to make my own. Where do you think the best place would be to get nice baguettes?

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  1. If you do try your own, replace 25% flour w/ rice flour for crispiness.

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      1. re: chunkeymonkey

        Reading his making, I took it as where to buy the best buns, not how to bake original buns. You are so correct about seeking the fresh soft interior and crispy outside! His reference to Chinese Roast Pork instead of processed meats does elude me, as Bahn Mi is certainly more about the bun, crispy veggies, light saucing, etc.

        1. re: chunkeymonkey

          Better baguettes will come from your own oven, as OP was about to try, and one quarter of flour can be rice flour. It is a Vietnamese adaptation they acquired from French visitors.

      2. Some banh mi places will sell you just the baguettes if you like.

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        1. re: mogo

          The bahn mi places in chinatown, specifically the two on the west side of spadina just north of dundas sell these amazing buns at 3 for 1 dollar!! The best kept bakery find in the city!!
          I recommend trying the place with the green sign, the name slips my memory now - definately 1.75 well spent.
          Note: these make excellent crustini/croutons when they go stale.

          1. re: pancake

            Nguyen Houng is the place I on Spadina I mean. I just noticed the second thread, and both responses in it also mention this find!

            1. re: pancake

              Nguyen Huong recently changed their baguettes... not as light with crunchy exterior as before..

              1. re: jayseeca

                but when you toast it it's perfection.

                they still use the previous buns for the "large" sandwiches for which you're paying a premium price for.

                btw pancake, i don't know if it is nguyen houng that you're thinking of. they have a yellow sign and the green sign has a nicely engrish spelling for "desserts" on it. i prefer nguyen houng and am now craving a sandwich which i will grab tonight!

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  oh, thanks for the heads up. I go to the yellow sign place as well :)

        2. Nguyen Houng sells their buns at 1$ for 4