This morning I knew that I wanted one of these Vietnamese sandwiches for lunch, so I headed down to South University to Sam's Oriental. Sam receives weekly shipments of fresh things like these sandwiches, noodles, herbs, and crab. When I moved to Little Rock in 1992, I learned about this place, and Saturday has always been the best day to go down and get the fresh stuff!
I became familiar witth these traditional Vietnamese sandwiches when my parents' friends would return with them from their trips to Dallas. I guess in the small town of Nashville, AR with its population of 5,000, a baguette wasn't exactly easy to come by at the Piggly Wiggly or the Charlie's Thriftway back in the 80's to make this. Not to mention the pate...
The flavor of the sandwich is so rich with the various layered meats, and so fresh tasting with the crunchy pickled carrots and daikon. The french bread has a delicate aroma with a slightly crisp outer crust, yet soft inside.
They're wrapped up like this.
I always remove the jalapeno before I bite into it. I usually cut it in half so that I can get to the goodies in the center right away. The Great Food Truck Race is on again soon, and I will be watching! Maybe I should start my own banh mi and springroll truck huh!
You can also get these sandwiches at Vietnam Market at Geyer Springs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.