Sunday, January 2, 2011

Good 'n' Cheap Banh Mis at Hanco's

Hanco's (Cobble Hill and Park Slope in Brooklyn) is my go-to spot for banh mis 'cause it's the best spot for them near my work. For starters, they've kept the prices to a reasonable $6.50, just a bit less than Nicki's on Atlantic, which serves inferior sandwiches anyway. Hanco's bread is perfect, warm and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, but not in a rough way that'll jeopardize the skin on the roof of your mouth.

If you've never had banh mi, you're missing out. It's a Vietnamese style sandwich of awesome deliciousness that started catching on in the US a few years ago.

As Liz Lemon once said, "I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich."

To which Jack Donaghy sarcastically replied, "How surprising that your world view is food-based."

Exactly.

Stick to the classic: ground pork, Vietnamese ham, pate, mayo, cucumber, pickled carrots, daikon radish and cilantro, stuffed generously into a buttered and toasted version of a French baguette that's lighter and airier and easier on the mouth. This is a perfect sandwich.


If you stray to things like the Pork Sandwich (grilled pork, that is), the meat's a bit funkier.


Vegetarian Chicken - I find the soy protein chicken a little chewy and not quite flavorful enough.


I also tried the taro green soy milk bubble tea drink with lychee jelly balls, and it was good but not quite flavorful enough for me. I didn't taste a distinct taro flavor, that is. They have lots of options to play around with though (how 'bout a coconut green bubble tea with mango jelly?). Or you can always get my favorite - Vietnamese style iced coffee! ($3).

The Park Slope location is nicer in that it's larger, with more seating and a nice restroom.


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