Originally uploaded by themiliones
In the very back of the produce aisle in Orient Market is the bánh mì station. Wonderful people craft sandwiches from scratch, made to order, or you can simply pluck one off of this pile. I like how gorgeous the wrapping is, and how homemade the sandwich is, too. The bread is made in ovens right behind this counter.
The bánh mì at this station are made with two different kinds of meat, the sliced jalapenos, dressing, shredded daikon, shredded carrot, cilantro and sometimes other vegetables. You can order any kind of filling just by asking, though, rather than grabbing from the pile.
The word bánh usually makes people think of the bánh mì, but bánh is actually an incredibly broad spectrum of starchy foods that can be sweet or savory, made with grains, noodles or flours.
I’ve written about bánh tet, bánh mì, and bánh chung but there are many more than that. I’ll be experimenting with recipes, so let me know if you have any good ones!