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French Bread Baguettes for Bahn Mi

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sweetlilrocknroller Aug 22, 2008 07:14 AM

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. jayt90 RE: sweetlilrocknroller Aug 22, 2008 09:37 AM

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

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      chunkeymonkey RE: jayt90 Aug 22, 2008 11:57 AM

      What you talking about Jay?

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        Jar RE: chunkeymonkey Aug 22, 2008 12:17 PM

        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.

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          jayt90 RE: chunkeymonkey Aug 22, 2008 04:34 PM

          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. mogo RE: sweetlilrocknroller Aug 22, 2008 12:16 PM

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

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          pancake RE: mogo Aug 22, 2008 01:24 PM

          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.

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            pancake RE: pancake Aug 22, 2008 01:31 PM

            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!

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              jayseeca RE: pancake Aug 22, 2008 01:48 PM

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

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                pinstripeprincess RE: jayseeca Aug 22, 2008 01:59 PM

                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!

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                  pancake RE: pinstripeprincess Aug 24, 2008 03:18 PM

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

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          chunkeymonkey RE: sweetlilrocknroller Sep 18, 2008 06:36 PM

          Nguyen Houng sells their buns at 1$ for 4

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