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Who Makes The Best Banh Mi Sandwiches?

carln Apr 16, 2010 09:25 AM

Im close to downtown LA but often find myself in Monterrey Park, Rosemead, etc for lunch and am wondering where to find some great Bahn Mi sandwiches. Any info would be greatly appreciate.

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    taiwanesesmalleats RE: carln Apr 16, 2010 09:48 AM

    It's spelled banh just FYI. My favorite at the moment is Banh Mi My Tho in Alhambra.

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    304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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      wilafur RE: taiwanesesmalleats Apr 16, 2010 10:47 AM

      agreed with banh mi my tho

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        Mr Taster RE: wilafur Apr 16, 2010 10:55 AM

        How does Banh Mi My Tho compare with Banh Mi Che Cali? (both in price and taste)

        Mr Taster

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          wilafur RE: Mr Taster Apr 16, 2010 11:14 AM

          iirc, they are $2.25 or $2.50each. i feel they are more liberal with the pate and meats than the bmcc down the street on valley but is on par with the bmcc in westminster.

          if i had a choice in sgv, i'd choose bmmt over bmcc.

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          bulavinaka RE: wilafur Apr 16, 2010 01:18 PM

          +3 on Banh Mi My Tho. For quantity, BAnh Mi Che Cali et al with the "buy two, get one free" deals.

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          Banh Mi My Tho
          304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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          carln RE: taiwanesesmalleats Apr 16, 2010 11:21 AM

          Thanks for that. My mistake.

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            Jennalynn RE: taiwanesesmalleats Apr 16, 2010 02:35 PM

            Was just there last week... and YUM.

            And cheap. And good. Looking for a reason to be in Alhambra again soon.

          2. Mr Taster RE: carln Apr 16, 2010 09:59 AM

            As of a few years back, there was a wide consensus on Chowhound that the bakery location of Banh Mi Che Cali in Little Saigon (the one in a converted Taco Bell on Brookhurst) makes the best sandwiches (although other faves have been creeping in recent years).

            http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&...

            I've become somewhat of a creature of habit these days and haven't wavered from Banh Mi Che Cali in quite a long time. Certainly with their buy 2 get one free deal, Banh Mi Che Cali offers one of the greatest bangs-for-the-buck in all of Southern California. $5 for 3 massive sandwiches on real freshly baked bread (not that awful heat-and-serve that passes for "freshly baked bread" in supermarkets and fast food shops these days.)

            Mr Taster

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              annapurna7 RE: Mr Taster Apr 16, 2010 10:17 AM

              Agreed on Banh Mi Che Cali. Their $5 for 3 sandwiches deal is a steal. You can also get a Banh Mi on their fresh baguette (instead of the french roll) for a little more money.

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                DWB RE: annapurna7 Apr 16, 2010 02:45 PM

                After living very close to BMCC since they opened, (moved recently), I always noticed most locals were buying the baguette sandwiches. The breads are identical except for the ratio of crust to interior. Careful investigative research (yum) revealed baguette sandwiches have 50% more meat/filling than 3 for 2 sandwiches. We ended up always buying baguette sandwiches, and french rolls to make sandwiches at home.

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              mdpilam RE: carln Apr 16, 2010 02:20 PM

              Is there anywhere I can get a Banh Mi that doesn't have fish sauce in it (whether it's used in the cooking/flavoring of the meat or whatever)? I don't eat fish/seafood, and I tried NomNom's Banh Mi once, and definitely tasted fish sauce (I got the BBQ pork) - I think it might have been in the pickled carrots/vegetables (?), and couldn't finish it. I think I would like them if they didn't have fish sauce though...

              (I generally stay away from Vietnamese because they use fish sauce in ALOT of their stuff...)

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                Mr Taster RE: mdpilam Apr 16, 2010 03:15 PM

                Fish sauce is a central ingredient and flavor in Vietnamese cooking.

                I think it's a bit absurd to go to a place which caters specifically to Veitnamese tastes and request or expect an adjustment that fundamentally alters the food and flies in the face of deep rooted culinary tradition.

                In fact, it's taken 150 years of American history to actually be able to eat Asian food that tastes like it does back in the mother country (and even then, only in select communities), so I'm quite adamantly set against this idea. Thankfully Vietnamese and especially Korean cooking did not suffer the same deep rooted injustices that Chinese food has suffered, and we certainly shouldn't be encouraging Vietnamese restaurateurs to go the route of adulteration!

                Vietnamese food is fantastic as it is. Let's keep it that way.

                Mr Taster

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                  mdpilam RE: Mr Taster Apr 16, 2010 05:36 PM

                  I agree, and that is why I have given up on Vietnamese (and most of Japanese) food. I figured I'd see if there was a place that made them w/o it though, because I am a sucker for a good deal, and at 3 for $5, I would love to have that!

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                  snackwrangler RE: mdpilam Apr 16, 2010 03:26 PM

                  I think that's called a hoagie.

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                    choctastic RE: mdpilam Apr 16, 2010 03:57 PM

                    You can ask them to lay off the fish sauce. BTW, it is put on separately from the pickled vegetables which are usually only flavored with sugar, vinegar and maybe some salt, but definitely not fish sauce. I'm not sure why that would be such a problem to ask them for no fish sauce on your banh mi.

                    Banh Mi Che Cali has a veggie ham banh mi that doesn't use fish sauce. I forget what they use instead (Maggi?). I saw them make it, no fish sauce. However, the veggie ham might have egg in it. I will be the first to admit it's not as good as a regular banh mi. No pate and only a few, irregularly sliced pieces of that ham.

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                      wilafur RE: choctastic Apr 19, 2010 11:40 AM

                      iirc, they use fish sauce when cooking the proteins that go into the banh mi.

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                        taiwanesesmalleats RE: wilafur Apr 19, 2010 01:01 PM

                        As far as I know, traditional recipes for thit nuong, grilled pork (#8 at My Tho), use fish sauce.

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                          bulavinaka RE: taiwanesesmalleats Apr 19, 2010 04:38 PM

                          IMHO, BMMT's #8 is the best banh mi I've tried.

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                            liu RE: bulavinaka Apr 19, 2010 08:55 PM

                            "...the best banh mi I've tried."

                            "Better" than some of the Westminster places?
                            Specifically, I am thinking about the one that has no seating...you have to go to the adjacent park and eat on one of the picnic tables. (I know this is not very useful information, but it was discussed on these boards some while back...I'm hoping someone will post with the specifics.)

                            There is another popular place on a corner in Little Saigon that also has good sandwiches. This place has a few tables outside on the sidewalk.

                            (My memory is quickly failing...too many lemon bars!)

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                              Tapeworm RE: liu Apr 19, 2010 09:00 PM

                              Banh Mi Cho Cu

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                              14520 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA 92683

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                                liu RE: Tapeworm Apr 19, 2010 09:52 PM

                                Oh, THANKS, Tapeworm! That's the one near the park!
                                Have you tried both Banh Mi Cho Cu and Banh Mi My Tho? If so, how would you compare them?

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                                Banh Mi My Tho
                                304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                  Tapeworm RE: liu Apr 19, 2010 10:22 PM

                                  Sorry, I have no experience with any of the banh mi places in SGV.

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                                bulavinaka RE: liu Apr 19, 2010 09:31 PM

                                I plead ignorance when it comes to Little Saigon banh mi. My first and only one there was Lee's. Life altering for me as it was where I popped my banh mi cherry, but nothing to write home about now that I've tried a ton of places in the SGV. I'm always curious as to how the SGV banh mi rate next to the Little Saigon banh mi but this is the first post so far brings any hint of rivalry between the two areas.

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                                  liu RE: bulavinaka Apr 19, 2010 09:53 PM

                                  And I have plans to try Banh Mi My Tho sometime soon.

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                                  Banh Mi My Tho
                                  304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                    bulavinaka RE: liu Apr 19, 2010 09:57 PM

                                    The way you've described Banh Mi Cho Cu is pretty much the same situation at Banh Mi My Tho. They've pretty much cut out all the unnecessary overhead. You grab a chrysanthemum tea, order, you pick up, and you find you own refuge to enjoy that piece of banh mi heaven...

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                                    Banh Mi My Tho
                                    304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                      liu RE: bulavinaka Apr 19, 2010 10:10 PM

                                      Hmmmm...I'm not so much into the chrysanthemum tea. I prefer an iced coffee with my banh mi; it cuts the jalapeno nicely. Even a sugar cane juice -- if freshly pressed -- is a good banh mi companion.

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                                        bulavinaka RE: liu Apr 19, 2010 10:19 PM

                                        Banh Mi My Tho has very good cafe sua da but no fresh sugar cane juice. I like chrysanthemum tea because you don't - just kiddin'... :)

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                                        Banh Mi My Tho
                                        304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                          liu RE: bulavinaka Apr 20, 2010 07:19 AM

                                          I have heard about the freshly brewed? cafe sua da at Banh Mi My Tho, so I am looking forward to that. Generally, I don't like sweet drinks and I am also a tea drinker (go figure!) -- and with condensed milk we are talking extremely sweet -- b u t, it goes well with the bite of the jalapeno. For me, banh mi is as much about the jalapeno kick as it is about the crunch of the bread.

                                          Sugar cane juice is best immediately after being pressed; I have tried many and they vary greatly from glass to glass, depending on how nice the canes are.

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                                          Banh Mi My Tho
                                          304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                            ipsedixit RE: liu Apr 20, 2010 08:05 AM

                                            Try the Green Tea grass drink.

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                                              liu RE: ipsedixit Apr 20, 2010 12:14 PM

                                              Thanks, ipsedixit, for this suggestion!

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                                              taiwanesesmalleats RE: liu Apr 20, 2010 09:22 AM

                                              It's not bad. They use an espresso machine to extract the coffee and mix it with the condensed milk when you order it.

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                                  taiwanesesmalleats RE: bulavinaka Apr 20, 2010 09:22 AM

                                  I'm partial to the #2 myself. It has some of the thit nuong mixed in with all the pate and headcheese...

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                              will47 RE: choctastic Apr 19, 2010 12:56 PM

                              I think whey is more common in the veggie ham than egg. Most of the veggie him is vegan, at least based on its stated ingredients (though it is heavily processed). Getting a vegetarian banh mi (available at most of the places which sell banh mi) is one way you could be pretty sure that you're not getting any fish sauce, though you wouldn't get any meat then either.

                              I agree that the pickles do not generally have fish sauce, though they do get a funky smell from the radish... maybe that's part of what the OP is noticing. I am not sure if fish sauce is used in cooking the meats themselves, but certainly you could ask them not to put fish sauce on when they make the sandwich. I am pretty sure things like pate, butter, mayo, and Maggi sauce are common condiments; not as sure about fish sauce.

                              FWIW, the guy at Banh Mi My Tho (at least the one who was working when we went in on Sunday) not only speaks perfect English, but is very cheerful, so maybe a good place to try if you have weird requests. [side note to choco or others of the vegan persuasion: they also claim that the baguettes, which are not made in-house, also don't have a butter coating, as many places' seem to]

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                              Banh Mi My Tho
                              304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                bulavinaka RE: will47 Apr 19, 2010 04:42 PM

                                >>FWIW, the guy at Banh Mi My Tho (at least the one who was working when we went in on Sunday) not only speaks perfect English, but is very cheerful, so maybe a good place to try if you have weird requests.<<

                                I was there on saturday ordering a #8 for my son and the young man you mention helped me as well. Might he be the owners' son? I usually am served by (my guess is) the matron? He's sharp, polite, very helpful and understanding. This really helps me because I'm the idiot who is mispronouncing words, grabbing stuff just as he finishes ringing me up, and stands outside but normally never hears my order being called... :)

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                                304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                  taiwanesesmalleats RE: bulavinaka Apr 20, 2010 09:21 AM

                                  Yep, everytime I go, he's the one I've been helped by. Very friendly, helps people who don't know which sandwich to order, and when I butcher words, he's able to pick up on it. I think he is the son of the owner.

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                                    granadafan RE: taiwanesesmalleats Apr 20, 2010 09:15 PM

                                    I also give props to Banh mi my tho. I go for the chicken. Banh mi che chale is also pretty damn good.

                                    No votes for Mr. Baguette on Atlantic? They're a little more expensive, but damn good.

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                                    400 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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                                      bulavinaka RE: granadafan Apr 20, 2010 09:19 PM

                                      I like Mr. Baguette's smoked bacon banh mi. It's unique and the bacon is pretty tasty. The bread there is always fresh, but I wish they'd make the cafe sua da fresh instead of the premade stuff, which is a couple of degrees too strong for me. The one on Valley is a popular hangout for many of the local Vietnamese community. It is a nice space overall...

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                                        taiwanesesmalleats RE: granadafan Apr 21, 2010 09:17 AM

                                        To be perfectly honest, I've never been to Mr. Baguette...

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                                        400 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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                                          yuzusan RE: granadafan Apr 22, 2010 09:55 AM

                                          I like the convenience of Mr Baguette's Atlantic location but their pate smear is getting lighter and lighter and the veggies that come w/the sandwiches have shrunken from the original fresh and delightful cilantro, jalapeno, white radish and carrot mix to just carrots (and pick your own jalapenos while you wait.)
                                          Looking forward to trying BMMT up the street for the first time this afternoon. I needed a new place so thanks for this topic.

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                                        PandanExpress RE: bulavinaka Aug 25, 2011 10:58 AM

                                        Yes, I think he's the son. I love that guy. He speaks English, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Mandarin. How awesome is that? And he's always in a good mood. Just don't ask him how's X or how's Y because he'll make it sound so good, you'll find it impossible not to order it as well as what you came there for.

                                        Not on the regular menu, but on a print-out next to the window, they also have half a butter fried chicken on broken rice or bun (rice noodles) for $4.50. VERY good but definitely a messier meal than a banh mi.

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                                        Dommy RE: will47 Apr 22, 2010 08:56 AM

                                        Yeah, he is GREAT!! Very helpful and describes the dishes wonderfully! Last time we went we had this wonderful steamed bun with ground meat and a egg in the middle! We SO want to find this in other places!

                                        We also love Banh Mi My Tho, but it should be noted their sandwich is a little different from Lees and Che Cali. It's a fatty thing and the bread a lot more dense. We actually like the crisper airiness of the thinner Bahn mi sometimes... for that reason I love having the option of the sesame bread of Mr. Baguette...

                                        --Dommy!

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                                        400 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                        Banh Mi My Tho
                                        304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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                                          taiwanesesmalleats RE: Dommy Apr 22, 2010 09:25 AM

                                          I'll definitely agree the bread is the weakest part of a sandwich from BMMT.

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                                    dharmathug RE: carln Apr 22, 2010 08:22 AM

                                    I'm going with Saigon's Sandwich & Bakery on Valley in SGV. You don't need to drive to Westminster anymore as there is a slew of Vietnamese everything in SGV now.
                                    From a review of mine of the #1 there: "I tore the wrapping off and took a big, deep bite. Chewed. Oh yes, this is a bahn mi. ZIngy, spicy, light and crunchy, the creamy pate smoothing it out and binding it all together. This is what Umami means! Excellent."

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                                      taiwanesesmalleats RE: dharmathug Apr 22, 2010 09:30 AM

                                      While I really enjoy the bread from Saigon Sandwich, their fillings outside of the special are very lacking. The BBQ Pork which ought to be thit nuong was a weird, almost fake red color and dry.

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                                      raizans RE: carln Aug 4, 2010 08:38 PM

                                      i went with my sister on a little lemongrass beef banh mi crawl today: top baguette vs. nhu lan bakery.

                                      lemongrass beef: at top baguette, the beef was thinly sliced, dark brown, and pretty sweet. unfortunately, i couldn't really taste any lemongrass. it was tender and moist, but not succulent. nhu lan's beef was more of a hash, orange-colored from a dressing that dripped everywhere and made for a succulent sandwich. it was slightly sweet and had a lot more lemongrass!

                                      baguette: neither had noteworthy baguettes, but i liked the one at top a lot more. the crust was on the thick side, but it was light enough and crunchy without being abrasive or dry. nhu lan's baguette was not crisp at all, at least not today. consequently, the sandwich felt heavier.

                                      vegetables: the pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeño were fresh at both places. top put more in their sandwich, which helped balance the overly sweetened meat. nhu lan put less, reinforcing the heavier, more substantial feeling.

                                      conclusion: both sandwiches had obvious shortcomings, but they were still enjoyable for different reasons. the search continues!

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                                      Nhu Lan Bakery
                                      13036 Harbor Blvd Garden, Grove, CA

                                      Top Baguett
                                      9062 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

                                       
                                       
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                                        bsquared2 RE: raizans Aug 4, 2010 09:44 PM

                                        I"m a fan of Nhu Lan. Partially because I have fond memories of Nhu Lan bakery in Saigon.

                                        For the best Banh Mi in LA/OC? I vote Ba Le on Bolsa. It's about the meat. I think they have the best meat.

                                        Of course I also like Lee's , BMCC, Banh Mi Cho Cu too. There is even a place in Tustin that I like! I just like Banh Mi.

                                        But a real treat....Ba Le.

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                                          I got nothin RE: bsquared2 Aug 5, 2010 05:21 PM

                                          Tried Ba Le today after reading your rec. Had a Ga banh mi and a thit nuong banh mi. Liked the chicken, gpod coarsely chopped dark meat, crispy/soft ratio for the bread was nice for this one. Definitely tops the Ga banh mi at Banh Mi & Che Cali for sure, probably Cho Cu's as well.
                                          The thit nuong was not my favorite; the pork and cooked green onion mixture just didn't work for me. I like Cho Cu's a lot better than the one I had at Ba Le. BM&CC on brookhurst/talbert (nicely grilled pork), next best, then the other BM&CCs,

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                                            ns1 RE: I got nothin Aug 5, 2010 05:35 PM

                                            ba le's cafe sua da is fantastic, probably the only sandwich shop cafe sua da I'll buy

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                                              bsquared2 RE: I got nothin Aug 5, 2010 08:50 PM

                                              I do like Cho Cu's grilled pork. When I go to Ba Le, I usually get the Dac Biet. My middle name should be Dac Biet.

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                                                Peripatetic RE: bsquared2 Aug 6, 2010 12:55 AM

                                                Does the Ba Le in Alhambra (Atlantic and Valley) have the same ownership as the Ba Le in Westminster? If so, do they also have home-made charcuterie?

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                                                  I got nothin RE: bsquared2 Aug 6, 2010 09:43 AM

                                                  I'll try the Dac Biet next time, looked like they had a nice pate selection in their deli case. Have you tried Ba Le's xiu mai banh mi?

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                                                    ns1 RE: I got nothin Aug 6, 2010 01:43 PM

                                                    their xiu mai is okay, I wish they put more meat in there.

                                          2. mstinawu RE: carln Aug 6, 2010 01:05 PM

                                            Is there at least a decent one in the South Bay?? I haven't had one in so long since I don't feel like trekking out to Orange County just for a sandwich, but damn I really miss them! I see them at some drinks shops around here, but they look scary.

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                                              foodeatery RE: mstinawu Aug 24, 2011 09:34 PM

                                              try one at Westfield Culver City - Viet Gourmet

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                                                scottca075 RE: foodeatery Aug 25, 2011 10:43 AM

                                                Bánh Mì Chè Cali isn't really that far, Pho King Way in Carson is maybe the closest decent, but I'd still go to Westminster or Garden Grove.

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                                                heinous RE: mstinawu Aug 20, 2012 12:14 PM

                                                In the South Bay, check out Little Shop of Mary. It's a tiny place, recently opened by a sweet Vietnamese woman and her husband. They offer 8 types of sandwiches - the classic Banh Mi with house made pate and headcheese, as well as a wonderful roast pork with pickled onions. She also makes her own pork meat patties, which are next on my list to try. It's pretty much take-out only (there's one tiny table). The sandwiches vary slightly from the typical chain variety - they use a rounder, squatter bread roll, and they pack in the meat and fillings. Everything is fresh and super tasty, and they put plenty of sliced jalapenos on the side for you. I should mention that they run $5-$6, which is also more than your usual banh mi, but I think they try to make up for it in the quality and quantity of what you get. And for the location, definitely the best available in the South Bay.

                                                They only make the sandwiches when you order, so there can be a bit of a wait. Call ahead to save time if you know what you want. BTW, they have Vietnamese drip coffee, which you can get iced and sweetened. Delicious, but they put a ton of condensed milk - so I always ask for just half sweet, which is still pretty sweet. :)

                                                Little Shop of Mary
                                                2205 Torrance Blvd
                                                Torrance, CA 90501
                                                (424) 558-8198

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                                                  mstinawu RE: heinous Aug 24, 2012 04:52 PM

                                                  SO excited to read this! I've been searching for even a half decent banh mi in the South Bay for years!! I'm going to leave the office early just so I can catch them before they close.. =) Finger crossed!

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                                                    mstinawu RE: heinous Aug 30, 2012 05:38 PM

                                                    Just wanted to report back that I did, in fact, go check it out that day. I picked up a lemon chicken and roast pork with pate sandwich.

                                                    They were surprisingly big, hearty sandwiches with LOTS of everything in it. The baguette was nice and I liked the flavor of the roast pork. I had a small bite of the chicken and thought that it was good too. Overall, I loved that everything I had was very fresh although it did take almost 15 minutes to get those sandwiches. Perhaps the meats are all cooked to order? They were certainly warm and toasty when they were finally ready.

                                                    I would definitely go back again for lunch!

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                                                      Dommy RE: mstinawu Sep 1, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                      After a failed attempt last Saturday (They close at 3pm on the DOT!) , we finally made it over for a Bahn Mi breakfast!

                                                      First, I really liked that they have have a wide range of Bahn Mi not just the typical meat+daikon+Jalapeno (In fact she serves the Jalapeno on the side so it can be to taste!!). You can get bahn mi with roasted jalapenos, cole slaw, even pickled red onion.

                                                      We ordered the Veggie and the Meatball (Our two favorite bahn mi options) and both were really wonderful. The Veggie had all sorts of veggies, excellent mushrooms, bean sprouts for texture... The only thing was it was tad juicy, so it probably does not travel well.

                                                      The Meatball was quite hearty, almost sausage like. It had a great flavor and texture. In fact, it was quite the opposite of the veggie as it probably could benefit from a little time sitting around so that the flavors of the jalapeno (Add plenty!), daikon and meatball really marries together.

                                                      I was skeptical about the bread. I like more skinny baguette sandwiches because they are so light. This almost looked like a hogie roll. It infact was wonderfully light and crisp. I also loved how they are served nice and warm, which really highlights how airy they are! In fact, the chubby shape has one major benefit to the sandwich structure and helped even the quite luscious veggie hold together to the last bite.

                                                      The Sandwiches are made to order by the sweetest lady, so depending on the sandwich, it can take a little bit to make. (She does warn you though). The iced coffee is also quite strong, but wonderfully smooth. Sadly there is not much in the way of side dishes aside from Mrs. Vicki's chips, but I could barely finish my meatball sandwich, so the sandwiches alone can be quite a meal.

                                                      We can't wait to return, especially to try their combo with their housemade headcheese and pate!

                                                      --Dommy!

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                                                        heinous RE: Dommy Sep 17, 2012 01:12 PM

                                                        I'm glad you guys liked the place too! It's really a little gem, and I hope they do well! Everything is made to order, so there is a bit of a wait. Now that I know what I like, I will be calling ahead for pick-up. The combo sandwich is legit. That and the roast pork are my favorites. :)

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                                                  cartbaby RE: carln Aug 17, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                  I'm going to banh mi my tho tomorrow to get some sandwiches for a party. What's the difference between #1 and #2. I'd like to get the charbroiled pork and beef. Should I avoid the hot item sandwiches since it'll sit around for 2 hours.

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                                                    ns1 RE: cartbaby Aug 17, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                    n/m, failure to read.

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                                                      misseatalot RE: ns1 Aug 17, 2012 07:09 PM

                                                      Tan Hoang Huong has tasty sandwiches with the right ratio of bread to meat. Bread is soft on the inside and nice and crunchy on the outside. Meats are marinated nicely specifically their thit nuong. Radish and carrots are marinated so they are sour not like some other places that barely marinate their radish and carrots. They have a special seasoning that they add to their sandwiches that makes them unique.

                                                      Personally my favorite banh mi joint in the OC.

                                                      Their Vietnamese iced coffee has a nice heavy roast with a nice balance of chicory.

                                                      Tan Hoang Huong
                                                      6926 Westminster Blvd
                                                      Westminster, CA 92683

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                                                      andytseng RE: cartbaby Aug 17, 2012 07:57 PM

                                                      The #1 is just your standard cold cuts. #2 has charbroiled pork(?) in it on top of the cold cuts. Get some egg rolls and meatballs while you're at it.

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                                                      FoodZealot RE: carln Aug 27, 2012 07:10 PM

                                                      I enjoy Tip Top Sandwiches on Valley.

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