Food of The World in Los Angeles: Vietnam

“The Food of The World of Los Angeles.” is a series of posts intended to identify, discover, enjoy and share unique foods which originate from various places around the world.

 I got a recommendation from my barber (who moved to the US in 1993 from Vietnam) for a good place to grab a Bánh mì, or Vietnamese style sandwich.

Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho ExteriorAnd when I say sandwich, I mean SANDWICH.

Fresh baguette bread (leftover influence from when the French colonized Vietnam), jalapenos, pickled carrots and radish, cucumber and fresh cilantro and your choice of meat or filling.

Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho Interior

Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho is really more of a takeout counter / store than a restaurant, I didn’t see any seating, but the place was very busy with customers. Along with the sandwiches made fresh to order, they also have lots of other vietnamese food which I couldn’t even attempt to identify, but which looked very interesting.

Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho MenuPer the recommendation, I went for a Number 8, the Charbroiled Pork Sandwich.

Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho Number 8

Well bah ME this thing is tasty! Crisp, warm bread, fresh veggies and a healthy heap of flavorful and juicy minced pork, all for under three bucks, you really can’t beat that. You could try, but trust me, you can’t. I’ve heard good things about their meatballs too, and I’d love to go back and try some egg rolls, which are sold from a case near the counter for fifty cents each.

For more info checkout Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho’s website or their page on Yelp.

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