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Apr 1, 2011 03:55 PM

Bun Mee [split from Saigon Sandwich thread] [San Francisco]

Has anyone tried the new player, Bun Mee? Today's the official opening though it's been serving for a few days now.

Bun Mee
2015 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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  1. Already entered in the worst new names category.

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    1. re: Windy

      Yet it is the correct pronunciation of "banh mi". Despite the more commonly heard "ban my" in SF circles.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Not according to my friend from Hanoi.

        1. re: Windy

          That's probably because IIRC from my time in country Hanoi is in the north and the banh mi is a southern treat. Regional dialects will get you every time.;-)

          1. re: wolfe

            When we travelled in Vietnam we were told they were pronounced "bahng my". We heard this in Hoi An (in the middle of the country) and Ho Chi Minh City (in the south), which is pronounced "saigon".

        2. re: Melanie Wong

          The phrase bánh mì for the fundamentally sandwich of pâté on baguette was common throughout Vietnam before the modern style was developed in Saigon.

          I'm not sure we have quite the right sounds in English, but "ban" is definitely not as close as "bun" or "bung":

      2. I got the roast pork sandwich and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. Great combo of flavors with the roast pork, jalapenos, cilantro and pickled veg. Will def go back and try the other options.

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        1. re: mojo971

          Thanks much, could you please comment on the bread? Thin, crispy, shattering crust or chewy?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            i had the pork belly, which was wonderful. bread was thin and crispy, not shattering, but good.

        2. Finally had a chance to try Bun Mee on Fillmore for take-out.

          Momma Tran’s Crispy Egg Rolls, $5.50 - Dominated by ground pork, too solid and meaty for my taste. Nuoc cham had good tart-sweet balance and a pleasing kick of spice. The separate order of a pair seemed fresher than the one stuck in with the bun.

          Bun noodle bowl, $11.75 - Grilled pork was nice and tender, but not much grill influence. Completely waterlogged, and unfortunately, I didn't notice this and poured the nuoc cham over without draining off the excess water. Noodles too soggy and no flavor.

          Sloppy Bun, $6.50 - Red curry ground beef was tasty and I liked how it soaked into the bread. But the stale bread was too stiff and much too sturdy to bite through.

          Mango Sesame Salad, $3.00 - Soggy and wet as take-out, maybe better if eaten in-house. Underdressed or maybe just too diluted.

          House-Made Coconut Cookie Sandwich, $1.50 - The one saving grace. Or maybe it seems so good in retrospect because it's the only thing I'd want to eat again.

          If the bread were better, I might get a sandwich here again if I happened to be in the neighborhood. But probably not.