Sunday, May 29, 2005
Ba Le Banh Mi in El Cerrito
I had the #9 (barbequed chicken) and #5 (meatball). Both were outstandingly tasty. (Indeed, so tasty that I pigged out on the second one after eating the first.) The chicken was spicy and the meatballs were like meatball crumbs flavored in Vietnamese style.
The genius of banh mi (which just means "sandwich") is the whole East-Meets-West flavor thing - a lot of the stuff is Vietnamese riff on French charcuterie, with a bunch of vietnamese veggies stuffed in the roll, which is a light french roll, and then given a shot of mayo.
It's good, and at this place, it's like about $2.25 a pop. Next time I'm getting only one sandwich, but I'm going to get one of their papaya salads to go with it, and maybe a Vietnamese coffee. Which I should have gotten because I needed a nap after two sammiches! I'll definitely be back when I'm in the area.
Neat! Yeah, those sammiches are good. Careful of the Pho, though. I ordered the beef & seafood twice, had a fair amount of MSG in there.
If you're interested in getting some decent Pho, check out Pho II down at the Pacific East Mall down off Central and hwy 80. It's a really cool place, stark and heavily lit by fluorescent light. Everyone is bent on eating their lunch. I usually get the #18. Pho rules.
Oh man, I'm hungry. Stuck at work, can't get out. Hunger gnawing at me. gnaw gnaw gnaw.