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Jan 17, 2014 07:29 PM

Beyond Europane

As a lover of Europane's famously chow-worthy egg salad sandwich, about which I opine more here (, can anyone tell me of an egg salad sandwich its equal or better? I heard rumor that Farmshop is a contender. The addition of anchovy is a definite plus. Suggestions?

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  1. Philly West or the Pan though they are different styles.

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    1. re: kevin

      Thanks. What style is Philly West? I didn't know they even had an egg salad sandwich.

    2. The egg banh mi at Siagon Bakery in SGV is a long drive, sparse setting - but so good, it is a contender.

      Fresh delicate bread, warm egg salad with a touch of maggi, I think, then the pickled carrot and radish, with fresh cilantro and thinly sliced jalapenos.

      Have them cut it in half for you, then go to your car (or sit at one of their tiny tables) and dig in. I consider myself a reasonably well mannered gal, but I always find myself making Homer Simpson noises on that first bite.

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      1. re: happybaker

        Wow. That sounds fantastic! What a great suggestion. I've never even heard of an egg salad banh mi. Will try ASAP. Thanks!

        1. re: cinefoodie

          Cinefoodie -

          Glad it tickled your fancy! Some places do an egg banh mi with a fried egg, but at Siagon Bakery it's a hard boiled egg, the flavored mayo and all the bits.

          I actually took the same friend there for the egg bang mi as I took to Europane for their egg salad and she agreed - yum!

        2. re: happybaker

          We did it...oh, WOW!

          We went to Saigon Bakery in SGV on Valley for their egg salad banh mi. I was skeptical. Europane's egg salad is tough to beat. Saigon Bakery is not a pretty place, but it was very busy. There is little seating inside, so with banh mi in hand, we went inside the nearest market, ordered a few dim sum pieces and sat at their tables.

          I was in love from the first bite. The Saigon egg salad banh mi is exactly as you described: warm, perfect bread, spicy jalapenos, crunchy cilantro and pickled veggies...just wonderful!

          I can't get it out of my mind...I will hurry back!
          Thanks, happybaker, for this delicious find!

          1. re: liu

            Can you specify no mayo on the bread ?????

            How much did this sucker cost you ?

            Lastly, are there no seats whatsoever in Saigon Bakery ??????


            1. re: kevin

              Kevin, you don't want to specify anything. The sandwich is perfect as is!

              My egg salad banh mi was $2.75; my cafe sua da -- also really good! -- was $2.00.

              There are two very small tables along the wall and several chairs lined against the wall as well. Both of the tables were occupied and I find it difficult to eat a banh mi just sitting in a chair with no tabletop. Also, the place was pretty crowded, so we easily found seating inside the adjacent market. We ordered some dim sum just to justify our using their tables, but the market cafe was pretty empty on Saturday at lunchtime.

              1. re: liu

                Yeah. But if the mayo is mixed up with eggs I can handle it.

                But if there's some on the bread then I'm in trouble.

                Hmmm. In that case, I may have to pass on it.

                1. re: kevin

                  Kevin, I do not recall a layer of mayo as I don't like that, either.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Oh...NO! I forgot, ipse.
                      It was just so perfect as it was.

                      The pate with the egg salad might be too rich for my tastes; also, the egg warmed the bread and I don't want the pate insulating that process.
                      But warm pate...hmmmm, maybe.

                      I might ask for the pate on half next time, if they'll do it.

                      1. re: liu

                        I might ask for the pate on half next time, if they'll do it.

                        They will.

          2. re: happybaker

            Happy Baker, I'll hit it up too.

            And probably hoot and holler like Homer too.


          3. Sandwich Express, on Sherman Way, in Reseda, does a luscious egg banh mi. Arguably better, albeit different, than Europane's egg salad.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks

              Sounds like I'll have to do a head to head between Saigon Bakery and Sandwich Express! Thanks for the tip.

              1. re: cinefoodie

                Let us know your thoughts!

                Oh and if you DO get to Siagon Bakery, after you have had your egg banh mi, go to the front of the San Gabriel Superstore (just across the parking lot) and get a filled pancake from the gal manning the grill. I'm partial to the young coconut (they reheat very well in a toaster oven should you overbuy, not that I ever have, ahem : ) and I've heard nice things about the custard filling as well but have not tried them...


                1. re: happybaker

                  Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the extra tip. Can't wait to try and report back:)

                  1. re: happybaker

                    Hi happybaker. Just wanted to thank you for your excellent tip. I thoroughly enjoyed the egg banh mi, which was creamy and delicious -- it almost seemed as if the eggs were slightly scrambled and a touch warm. Yum! I also enjoyed the heck out of the coconut filled pancake from the vendor in front of the San Gabriel Superstore. Great flavor and texture. I was not able to make it out to Sandwich Express on Sherman Way yet as per Bob Brooks's rec, so I will continue that part of the quest later...something to look forward to:) Thnx again!

                    1. re: cinefoodie


                      Yay! I'm glad you got there and you liked it!

                      Yes, they ARE warm if you eat it right after ordering, When I've had my sandwiches there, I've wondered if they've warmed them (or cooked them to order) to give them that extra yum.

                      As for the eggs being slightly scrambled, I wonder of some of their cooks make it one way, some, another. Gee, I guess I'll have to go back soon and retest ; )

                      I'm glad you enjoyed the coconut pancake as well. If you go on the weekend, turnover is fast enough you usually get it crisp off the grill, weekdays, she precooks. Nothing a quick toast in a toaster oven can't fix, but so nice to get them fresh!

                      Again, so glad you liked it and, thanks for the report!

                    2. re: happybaker

                      Addendum: the avocado shake at the Saigon Bakery was one of the best and most pure and simple I've ever had: 1 beautiful, ripe avocado. A little milk. A little ice. Whirred together into a gorgeous light green, sweet, creamy, addictive concoction. Highly recommended for fans!

                      1. re: cinefoodie

                        Oh shoot. Drat. The best friend that I dragged there? She's an avocado fiend, and I did not know of that shake.

                        Okay, yet another reason for a return trip!

                  2. re: Bob Brooks

                    hmmm...I went to Sandwhich Express today and didn't find an egg salad Sandwhich on the menu. I had the fried egg sandwich which was great but it wasn't egg salad.

                    1. re: Kalivs

                      Kalivs, go directly to Saigon Bakery in SGV and request their egg salad banh mi. Then post back here, please!

                  3. As a lover of Europane's famously chow-worthy egg salad sandwich, about which I opine more here (, can anyone tell me of an egg salad sandwich its equal or better?


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                    1. The egg salad sandwich on multigrain at Water Lily in Topanga is great!
                      Maybe not as eccentric as Europane's,
                      but a very distinct sandwich.

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                      1. re: VenusCafe

                        Thanks, VenusCafe. I'm intrigued and look forward to trying. In your opinion, what makes it unique, or particularly good?