Banh Mi in Howell, NJ!!!
I was driving by on Rte 9 South when I saw Little Saigon deli in a strip mall. It's in the strip mall with a tattoo parlor. :)
They have been opened for 2 weeks and have banh mi.
Little Saigon Deli
2954 Rte 9 South
Store Hours: Sunday - Monday 9 am - 7 pm
Saturday 9 am to 8 pm.
They have Little saigon Special Baguette ($4), Shredded Chicken Baguette ($3.75), BBQ Pork Baguette ($3.75), Sardine Fish Baguette ($3.75), Pork Roll and Pate Baguette ($3.50) and Vietnamese Meatball Baguette ($4).
They also have Vietnamese drinks and fruit smoothies.
They also deliver.
I tried downloading the menu but couldn't because I didn't know how to shrink the menu.
Took up too much memories!
Haven't tried any of the banh mi yet. But, if anybody gets there before I do, please write back.
My wife and I tried the bahn mi for lunch today. We split a #1 (special) and #3 (BBQ pork). While the bread was not 100% authentic, the fillings certainly were and both sandwiches were very good. They are currently a deli with two tables if you want to eat in. They also have hot food currently available for take out only (Pho!). Their plan is to convert to a sit down restaurant serving a much wider menu when permitting and other issues allow.
It is run by a sister/brother team and the food seems quite authentic. They also deliver to Howell/Freehold/Jackson the both cold and hot food. I will certainly return for the bahn mi and can't wait for the restaurant conversion to occur. There is no other vietnamese in the area and this is a wonderful addition.
I took home some food from Little Saigon Deli today. The short of it is - good quality and reasonable prices.
To say this is a family operation wouldn't quite do the term justice, as the entire family from old to very young was there today. I had to smile when the littlest one offered me a colored marshmallow from his small cup. The rest of the family was equally hospitable, offering me tea and making me comfortable as I perused the menu.
I ordered three banh mi - the special, the bbq pork, and the meatball and two orders of cha gaio. I couldn't resist the smell and ate two of the rolls on the way home. Without the lettuce wrap and the dipping sauce they were fresh and peppery and good.
Of the three sandwiches, the meatball was the best by far. I would like to try these meatballs and sauce over some noodles. Not that the other ones were bad, just not up to my hopes. More concretely, the bbq pork was just a few slices of pork roll and the special was a mix of the pork roll and a few other meats - nothing special. The veggies on top were authentic and fresh as was the flavored mayo, but I had to ask for jalapeno and should have asked for some sriracha. The fried rolls were also good, but just not great.
So, my initial verdict is that this is a good addition to an area that previously only had Kazu as any kind of foodie destination. But they are not as good as their only semi-local competition Saigon II in Lincroft. I will be going back to try some other things as I often pass that way, so we'll see.
Just polished off my first ever Banh Mi and washed it down with a iced coffee with condensed milk. Paid a total of $7.49 (including tax) for that. Very satisfied. I don't have anything to compare it with since it is my first Banh Mi but it was a very good sandwich for $4. I ordered the Special. The baquette was fresh and crispy and the mixture of flavor between the pickled veggies and pate and pork was wonderful.
The iced coffee was also surprisingly tasty. It tasted better than what I usually get in Vietnamese restaurants in central NJ.
I have scanned the menu. Give it a try.
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