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Dec 10, 2010 04:56 PM

Banh Mi on Long Island

Looking for banh mi here on Long Island. There had been a reference awhile back in Chowhound to V&T Supermarket in Hempstead having these sandwiches, but I went there yesterday and I was told they don't have them available. Short of going into the City, are there any places on LI that offer these sandwiches? Preferably eastern Nassau County or western Suffolk County. Thanks!

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  1. winnies in bays shore offers a special but expensive and not as good as queens.

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    1. re: whynokey

      where are good banh mi in Queens?

      1. re: JMF

        a couple of decent places in Flushing. I believe its pho bang and the place next door as well. The place next door has a few different variations (curried beef and lamb and a few others) I think my favorite all time is probably is the catfish bahn mi at Baoguette in the city.

      2. It may be further than you want to travel, but Oriental Groceries in Stony Brook gets a huge selection of fresh dim sum from Flushing every Saturday morning. This includes decent banh mi's for $3.95 each. I've pretty much found that I like my own better, usually made with teriyaki-grilled boneless chicken thighs.

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        1. re: Lono37

          I agree that , on L.I., making your own banh mi's is the way to go. You really have no other options. You might try and enter "banh mi". There are several recipes; I looked at the first, and it looked good to go. I might add that the carro, radish relish only needs an hour to be ready. Likewise, sirachi (sp?) Asian hot sauce added to the mayo can replace the hot chili peppers. Good luck.

          1. re: Lono37

            Thanks. I regret to say, you're probably correct on the point. Stony Brook is a bit more of a drive than I would wish for an occasional sandwich. Back when I worked in Manhattan, it was a lot simpler. Five blocks from the office was a good hole in the wall shop selling banh mi along with Chinese CDs, lottery tickets, etc. These days, when I go into Manhattan, it's more likely to be for something more elaborate than a $2.50 sandwich. (On that point, I'll recommend Salaam Bombay for its lunch buffets. I'm not certain it's completely authentic [some of the curries may be milder for Western tastes], but it always seems to have something interesting.)

          2. bành mí
            The Rolling Spring Roll Shop
            189 Main St
            Farmingdale, NY 11735

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            1. re: Gastronomos

              I second The Rolling Spring Roll - love the entire menu

              1. re: Gastronomos

                Thanks! Next time I'm down that way I'll have to try their banh mi. (I need to get back down to Farmingdale anyway. Hahn's Old Fashioned Cake Company's crumb cake is calling my name and I must heed its siren call.)