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Best Baguettes To Go From A Bánh Mì Shop In SFV Or SGV?

sel Sep 11, 2011 04:21 PM

My current favorite is Banh Mi Cho Cu Bakery in Westminster. But I'm working near Chatsworth/Canoga Park and need a more convienent source. I already know about Sandwich Express in Reseda, any other places that create great baguettes? Extra points for a good bánh mì for my ride home! The bread MUST be baked fresh in house.

Sandwich Express
18575 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

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    chez cherie RE: sel Jun 20, 2012 11:07 AM

    Reviving this post to inquire about banh mi baguettes in San Gabriel valley area. Tired of getting these tasty treats on the wrong bread, so want to make our own. Please advise on the best spot to acquire the crispy outside, tender inside casing for the porky goodness. TIA!

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    1. re: chez cherie
      happybaker RE: chez cherie Jun 20, 2012 11:14 AM

      My husband and I LOVE the baguettes at Siagon Bakery. Crisp on the outside, so delicate on the inside. Baked there and it's the bread they use for their own banh mi. We've seen folks come in and buy armfuls of the bread, maybe they are doing the same as you!

      Here's a great blogger with her post about Siagon, with pics of the bread.


      1. re: happybaker
        taiwanesesmalleats RE: happybaker Jun 20, 2012 11:17 AM

        I'll second this choice. While I find the sandwiches they make to be lacking, the bread itself is fantastic.

      2. re: chez cherie
        dharmathug RE: chez cherie Jun 20, 2012 11:15 AM

        best of the best is
        Saigon's Sandwich & Bakery
        718 E Valley Blvd
        San Gabriel, CA 91776

        1. re: dharmathug
          chez cherie RE: dharmathug Jun 20, 2012 12:21 PM

          So, Saigon it is, hands down. On my way! Thanks for the triple thumbs-up!

          1. re: chez cherie
            happybaker RE: chez cherie Jun 20, 2012 01:00 PM

            Good luck! Fingers crossed you'll love the bread as much as we do : )

            1. re: happybaker
              chez cherie RE: happybaker Jun 20, 2012 03:30 PM

              those are some ethereal, cloudlike baguettes! they have that eggshell crackle (like a great macaron has), but then the interior is so airy. i suspect that's some wheat and some rice flour? and they are ONE DOLLAR! it's about 30 min from me, so i bought 4, and will see how they freeze, wrapped well. got two banh mi (well, i was already there...;->). a grilled pork and a julienne pork (looks more like pulled pork). good, but i be the ones we make on this bread will have them beat! thanks for the quick recommendation.

              1. re: chez cherie
                happybaker RE: chez cherie Jun 20, 2012 04:34 PM

                "those are some ethereal, cloudlike baguettes!"

                You said it way better than I did! So glad you like them.

                I'm an anglo but an active baker so while I don't know banh mi bread hugely, I think you are spot on that they have rice flour. There is no way they are pure wheat, the only other thing that would cut the gluten well would be corn starch - and I do not think that is commonly used in that bread at all!

                As we too are 30 mins away, I've gotten the bread and, in a freezer ziplock, it actually freezes very well. A sprinkle of water, put it in a cold oven or toaster oven, reheat and they are pretty darn close to fresh.

                Enjoy the amazing banh mi's I know you will make with them!

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