Posts Tagged ‘Saigon Sandwich’

After being lucky enough to make my first trip outside the country this summer it left me wanting to try new foods in a way I never would have expected. As a girl who grew up with her Mexican Nana slipping giblets and menudo into dishes without notice, only to become horrified at what I’d eaten later, I became someone that didn’t want to eat something unless I could identify every ingredient (visible or not). Somewhere along my travels in France I realized that I actually like giblets and would eat just about anything on the menu… yes, even the snails. (Although I think their goodness is a credit mostly to that delicious garlic butter they’re baked in)

So all this left me itching to apply my new found nerve straight to my favorite Vietnamese deli, Saigon Sandwich, where I cannot identify 90% of the goods sold.

After several attempts (on multiple days) at deciphering the name of this dessert that the women behind the counter tried to help me identify in vein, I said ‘what the hell, I love all desserts, and if I knew what it was maybe I wouldn’t be so excited’. So I buckled up and pulled one from the fridge, hoping no one else would ask, “OH, What’s that!?”, leaving me to tell the line-full of people I had no idea what I was about to consume.

Verdict? YUM. This coconut milk dessert is GOOD. But I still don’t know what the hell the rest of it is. Anyone that knows, enlighten me!


Ode to a Sandwich

Posted: September 13, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Though I’ve spent months visiting and covering the Tenderloin, it only took living in the neighborhood a couple months to have one of my ultimate vices turn in to a full-blown addiction. And, NO I’m not talking about crack.

Saigon Sandwich

Just another day sitting at the only seat inside Saigon Sandwich on Larkin St. (between Turk and Eddy)

Specifically, the vision behind all of my drool filled quests has been the delicious bahn mi from Saigon Sandwich, on the corner of Larkin and Kearny.

Any protesters who shy away at the sight of a hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop- vitually the size of matchbox, need simply refer to the 1,200 reviews and 4.5 star rating on Yelp and know that this is not the sort of place “Yelpers” usually frequent. Oh, and be prepared to yell your order from 3 feet outside the door. (To know the menu in advance, read on…)

Regular visitor Tai Pen said that you really need to get there before of after the rush to avoid the crowds, “Every time I show up its like this,” he says, gesturing to a line that already extended to the liquor store next door.

Luckily the ladies are quick and even if the line is long, you’ll be eating before most people who ordered from some shi shi deli next to Union Square.

Paying at Saigon

One of the owners of Saigon Sandwich. Note all the delicious sweets they have in front.

After being out of the country for nearly a month, the entirety of the next week was spent eating more Saigon Sandwiches than I care to put in numbers. In fact I eat them so fast that every time I swear I’ll snap a photo… it’s gone. So if you ever want to see this elusive bahn mi, you’ll have to get your own.

Vietnamese desserts

Vietnamese desserts... yum.

I have tried the entire menu, which consists only of four flavors: Pork (roast or steamed), Tofu, Chicken and Pate’. My favorite by far is the Roast pork, which picks up on the flavors of cilantro and carrot perfectly, all on a fresh baked roll. At $3, you cannot argue, and won’t find anything better for less than $7.

The following is a link to a Broke Ass Stuart blog post on “10 things to see in the Tenderloin” It begins with human shit and ends with Saigon Sandwich. You have to love a list that can go from one end to the other quite literally.