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looking for vietnamese sandwich

canasian May 15, 2012 10:42 AM

anyone got a place to get decent vietnamese sandwich in the Markham/Richmond Hill/York University area?
I know there's a lot of Pho places around but don't have it on the menu (atleast that I could see)

  1. TorontoTips May 20, 2012 12:43 PM

    Personally, I LOVE Nguyen Hong for banh mi sandwiches!
    In my opinion they are MUCH better than most of the places I travelled to and tried based on popular opinions expressed on T.O. foodie sites.
    It's east of McCowan, west of Markham Rd, right at Middlefield and Steeles in the large plaza with Tim Hortons and Popeye's Fried Chicken, situated right next to the T&T Asian Supermarket.
    One tip: make sure you ask for a freshly-made sandwich and don't take a pre-made, pre-bagged one, as the crispness of the bread is one of the great treats of a banh mi, and the crispness is gradually diminished by being wrapped and bagged, even for a relatively short time.
    They come in multiple varieties, and in hot, medium or mild, and the hot is very hot but distracts from the subtle flavours of the ingredients for me, but I do always ask for extra cilantro on my assorted cold-cuts and meatball banh-mi.
    Note also that the little food court inside the supermarket offers great wonton soup and other treats, and at the end of the same plaza there is a AYCE sushi joint (Matsuda) that is actually quite good for AYCE, as well.

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      Yongeman May 15, 2012 12:13 PM

      There's a Nguyen Huong location at 5661 Steeles Avenue East, west of Middlefield. I've never eaten at that one, but the banh mi is pretty consistent at the Spadina shop.

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      1. re: Yongeman
        canasian May 18, 2012 05:36 AM

        Ive been curious, is Banh Mi the bread or the sandwich. I've seen it on the menu at pho places but it's described as curry and roll, so I was reluctant to order it because it sounded like a bowl of curry and a roll. But if banh mi is the sandwich a curry sandwich sounds delightful

        1. re: canasian
          Yongeman May 18, 2012 08:48 AM

          The standard banh mi in Toronto (for example, Nguyen Huong) is a fresh mini baguette (roll), spread with a mixture of paté and mayo. Fillings are assorted Vietnamese cold cuts with cucumber, pickled carrot and daikon, and cilantro. Hot peppers are optional, but I always get mine 'spicy'. Usually $1.50 or $1.75 these days, I think. What an amazing bargain.

          1. re: Yongeman
            canasian May 18, 2012 09:18 AM

            I agree a total bargain, except I'd probably end up losing money either in distance to get one or dealing with the traffic of the steeles area =P

            1. re: canasian
              sweetie May 18, 2012 01:20 PM

              Actually the Nguyen Huong is in a plaza close to Markham Rd and Steeles so the traffic is not that bad. No worse then downtown any way.

          2. re: canasian
            szw May 18, 2012 10:04 AM

            curry and a roll dish is different from the sandwiches.

            1. re: szw
              canasian May 18, 2012 10:46 AM

              but also listed as banh mi I believe, so I think I'd just have to pay attention, or ask them first.

            2. re: canasian
              ylsf May 18, 2012 01:08 PM

              Banh Mi by definition just means the bread but it is often used interchangeably to mean the sandwich. Sounds like the dish they were talking about was a curry dish with the baguette style bread on the side. As you said, probably best to ask them.

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