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#1 TEO

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

Need a preview of what your favorite crazy Russian girls will be cooking up next week? I keep hearing about how popular and delicious Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches are, but I've never had the chance to try them. I made this one on one of Matty's French Baguettes with marinated lemongrass chili chicken, chili garlic lime mayo, pickled carrots & daikon, red cabbage, cucumber, fresh basil, fresh cilantro, and a drizzle of sriracha chili sauce. I'm going to pass on the chopped jalapenos this time. My staff is nervously eyeballing yet another sandwich special they can't pronounce because they know I'm going to make them try it. We'll let you know how it goes. Anyone out there ever try these?

 

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#2 TheDHJ

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

:lol:

 

I live on banh mi from time to time. I'd try that, but I'm a slave to the real thing. How much did that cost? Never pay more than $4 for a banh mi.



#3 TEO

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

I will not know the answer to cost until next week.  :wink:



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

:lol:

 

I live on banh mi from time to time. I'd try that, but I'm a slave to the real thing. How much did that cost? Never pay more than $4 for a banh mi.

 

 

She lives in Vermont.  she does not have a local spot with dead ducks hanging in the window.   



#5 TEO

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

:lol:

 

"Matt is going to make baguettes on Monday with rice flour because that's the traditional texture for these."



#6 TheDHJ

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

It's traditional out of necessity. Banh mi is a product of the French orgy that took place in Vietnam. There's not much wheat to be found in Vietnam, but a whole lot of rice; that's why rice is used in everything.

 

I prefer a very traditional bánh mì đặc biệt which usually consists of chả lụa or Viet ham, as well as head cheese and pate, usually minus only jalapenos.

 

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#7 TEO

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:44 PM

That looks so good!



#8 Karen

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

Sounds wonderful!   I love bahn mi.  All variations of it.   



#9 deadheadskier

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

I prefer a very traditional bánh mì đặc biệt which usually consists of chả lụa or Viet ham, 

 

fancy typing there Josh



#10 TheDHJ

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

This is my favorite banh mi shop in North America...Thi Thi in Calgary, AB.

 

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#11 TheDHJ

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

fancy typing there Josh

 

:lol: I used 3 fingers.



#12 tyedyedee

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:45 PM

:drool:

 

josh come to mtn jam and live off the vietnamese truck with me and tony

we had a condo full of food last year and ate there all weekend cuz it was so. damn. good. :D

so, no food this year, living on viet truck :clapping:

 

oh, and you still owe us a night out in boston eating vietnamese, dammit :spank: :wink:



#13 TheDHJ

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

:lol:

 

You guys pussied out and wanted to drink after 2 places!



#14 tyedyedee

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

:lol:

 

You guys pussied out and wanted to drink after 2 places!

ummm, not all of us :wink:

tony and i totally would have kept eating, albeit perhaps a bit slower and less, but i will never say no to vietnamese :lol:



#15 MeOmYo

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:48 AM

What the frig is banh mi?

#16 deadheadskier

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:29 AM

What the frig is banh mi?

 

It's what happens when Peacefrog visits Vietnamese Droog Band Message Boards. 



#17 gregoir

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:36 AM

It's what happens when Peacefrog visits Vietnamese Droog Band Message Boards. 

 

 

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#18 MeOmYo

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

:lol:

#19 TEO

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:46 PM

*groan*

 

I do not yet know what banh mi is, but it looks like a sandwich.



#20 TheDHJ

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:04 PM

Bánh mì (/ˈbæn ˌm/; Vietnamese pronunciation: [ɓǎɲ mî]) or sometimes banhmi is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. Bread, or more specifically the baguette, was introduced by the French during its colonial period.[1] The bread most commonly found in Vietnam is a single serving baguette, therefore the term bánh mì is synonymous with this type of bread. The bánh mì is usually more airy than its western counterpart, so as a result, has a thinner crust.

 

The baguettes include meat and soy fillings such as steamed, pan-roasted or oven-roasted seasoned pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, grilled pork, grilled pork patties, spreadable pork liver pâté, pork floss, grilled chicken, chicken floss, canned sardines in tomato sauce, soft pork meatballs in tomato sauce, head cheese, fried eggs, and tofu. Accompanying vegetables include fresh cucumber slices, cilantro (leaves of the coriander plant) and pickled carrots and daikon in shredded form. Common condiments include spicy chili sauce, sliced chilis, mayonnaise, and cheese. For vegans, there is the tofu banh mi.[1]

 

Although the term bánh mì only means bread without any fillings, the term is used to refer to a type of meat-filled sandwich found in Vietnamese bakeries abroad, especially in US, Canadian, Australian, and French communities with substantial Vietnamese immigrant communities. In the Vietnamese language, the term bánh mì is not enough to describe the type of meat-filled baguettes. Therefore, additional words are added to describe the kind of fillings. For example, bánh mì xíu mại means a baguette with crushed pork meatball, Bánh mì pâté chả thịt means a baguette or sandwich with pâté, Vietnamese sausage and meat, usually pork bellies, since it is the most common kind of meat. Almost all of these varieties innovations made by or introduced and is often eaten in Saigon and is known as bánh mì Sài Gòn ("Saigon-Style" banh mi), the most popular form is banh mi thit ("thit" means "meat").[2][3][4] However, even in Vietnam, "a bánh mì for breakfast" implies a meat-filled sandwich for breakfast, not just bread.



#21 tyedyedee

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:06 PM

Vietnamese baguette sandwiches, called Banh Mi, have attracted a loyal fan base like never before. Like a musical band with rock star status, these sandwiches have an almost cult-like following of epicurean devotees. The uniqueness of these sandwiches not only lies within the french influenced baguette, but it’s also the flavor packed, savory Viet fillings that what makes the marriage of the two main ingredients a true love affair.

It starts with a Viet style french baguette; usually made with a combination of rice and/or wheat flour, resulting in a very light, crackly crust and not overly dense bread. The majority of Viet bakeries strive & compete to achieve a golden, crackly crust with just a touch of center, where most of the baguette is more crust than center. A few other may be content on creating a Viet baguette that is a little more soft and chewy on the outside, and a little more “hoagie” like. So there is a bread for almost everyone.

Inside the length of the cut baguette or (occasionally a full demi-baguette), a great banh mi should have luscious, Viet flavored fillings such as pork prepared in numerous ways; juicy pork meat ball (xiu mai), bar-b-que (thit nuong), shredded (bi) and pork roll (cha lua).

Cold cut combinations (pork roll, ham, and/or head cheese), grilled chicken (ga nuong), sardine (ca moi), scrambled egg (trung chien) and vegetarian (chay) are just a sampling of the plethora of possibilities one may be offered on the menu.

Other common ingredients used to finish the sandwich often are: liver pate, homemade mayo, touch of soy sauce, shredded pickled carrots & daikon, fresh cilantro, jalapeño heat and crispy cucumber slices. Most any of these condiments may be omitted since, banh mi are nearly always made to order.

To top off that banh mi high”, they are still “light” on the pocketbook. Rock on!

 

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

:lol:

josh, ya beat me :lol:

 

 

 

 

now i am hungry dammit :ravn:



#23 TEO

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

Meat filled sandwich, perfect.



#24 tyedyedee

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

i highly recommend the banh mi on the yum yum truck at mtn jam...it is delectable :drool:



#25 TheDHJ

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

 

Had this for lunch Friday.



#26 tyedyedee

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

that porchetta one looks amazeballs



#27 TEO

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

Dang that looks tasty!



#28 TheDHJ

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

Yeah I had the porchetta one. Say what you will about Guy Fieri, but he's never steered me wrong, and I've been to a ton of DDD places at this point.



#29 jg

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

I usually have one, once a week or so.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:18 PM

we get fresh banh mi delivered to my local Asian grocer once a week on Saturdays.  when i'm in a strange town, it's one of the first things i look for - you can generally chart the quality of a city's culinary physique by sampling their best banh mi.

 

TEO i'm happy for you.  but get some pork on that puppy.  make them work. :wink:



#31 TEO

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

Duly noted!



#32 kramer

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:50 AM

Ric Orlando has a bangin banh mi egg sandwich on his Sunday brunch menu @ New World Bistro in Smallbs.... Mmmmm

#33 TheDHJ

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:52 AM

we get fresh banh mi delivered to my local Asian grocer once a week on Saturdays. when i'm in a strange town, it's one of the first things i look for - you can generally chart the quality of a city's culinary physique by sampling their best banh mi.

TEO i'm happy for you. but get some pork on that puppy. make them work. :wink:

Banh mi second, bun dac biet and banh cuon cha lua first. :lol:

#34 TEO

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

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"1st trial of that elusive texture of the perfect Vietnamese baguette. We made ours with a traditional mix of rice and wheat flours."



#35 TEO

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

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"Next trial needs to get the crumb a little lighter. That rice flour is not fun to work with. I would love to nail that crispy crust too. Matt has to show me how he gets his baguettes crunchy without a nice stone and steam oven. They're still delicious though"



#36 TEO

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

I think today is the day.

 

Today's menu:

 

 

Hand made Bagel Line-up: Plain, Salt, Loaded, Poppy, Sesame, Onion, Garlic & Salt, Asiago, Cracked Pepper Parmesan, VT Maple Sugar, Bacon Swiss, Spinach Florentine, Pizza
 
Cream Cheese Schmears: Plain, Scallion Chive, Cinnamon Honey Bear, Maple Bacon, Dump That Guy!, Tuscan Sundried Tomato
 
Soups: North Woods Maple Ham & Beans, French Pistou & Pesto, Italian Meatball Soup, Indian Lamb Vindaloo, Yemini Lamb Stew, Chickpea Tahini Spinach
 
Global Special: Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich: rice & wheat flour baguette filled with your choice of Lemongrass Chili Chicken or Sesame Lemongrass Beef with all the traditional fixings
 
 
Which soup, Indian Lamb Vindaloo, or Yemini Lamb Stew?


#37 KittyKindBud

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

Yum - yes I will come down sometime and go visit those crazy Russian girls with you...



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

Neither, Italian wedding (meatball?) or Northwoods ham and beans! Wow that sounds great

#39 TheDHJ

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

Yemeni...

#40 hoagie

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

Aka Terrorist stew

#41 TEO

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

Neither, Italian wedding (meatball?) or Northwoods ham and beans! Wow that sounds great

 

 

I had the Northwoods ham and beans a couple weeks ago, and was a bit disappointed due to the rind on the ham being of a somewhat plastic texture.



#42 TEO

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

Yum - yes I will come down sometime and go visit those crazy Russian girls with you...

 

 

YES  :heart:



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

I'm slightly disappointed in their protein choices. They spent so much time on the bread but put little focus on the meat. Lemongrass is overused by folks trying to re-create Viet stuff.

Let me know if they use pickled carrots and daikon on it. Those are the traditional fixings.

#44 TEO

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

Will be certain to inquire as chances are I would not recognize the tastes.



#45 TEO

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

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#46 TheDHJ

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:12 PM

I'm kin of a purist, don't go by me lol.

#47 TEO

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

I'm kin of a purist, don't go by me lol.

 

 

I respect that, however I am going for it as my options are quite limited.



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:17 PM

No! Absolutely go for it. Get one of each and eat them up!!!

#49 TEO

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

:lol:    ::clapping:



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

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