Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bon Me: Boston: Food Truck

Before I decided to move to Boston, I made sure there were banh mi sandwiches available in the city, so much did I fall in love with them in NYC, but sadly, I hadn't gotten around to visiting one of the Chinatown or Allston locations that offer them in the Boston area.  Fortunately, the new food truck situation in Boston means that the Bon Me truck and I sometimes cross paths.

I first saw the truck at First Thursdays in JP last month:

But we had other dining plans that day.

In a frenzy of errand running yesterday, I allowed myself to finally stop at the truck as it was parked in front of the BPL, one of my errands locations.

Spice-rubbed All Natural Chicken Banh Mi - $6

The bread was toasted to crumbly crunchiness but not hard. They asked if I wanted jalapenos, which I did, and they gave a the perfect amount, lining the sandwich with one layer of fresh slices. The sriracha is out for each customer to choose how to use. I love being able to get my spicy just right, instead of being asked if I want it "spicy or not?" or "mild, medium, or hot?"

The chicken was flavorful, dark and white mingling together for the full chicken spectrum, with now chewy fat pieces accidentally mixed in. Pickled carrots and daikon, red onions, check check yum. The pate layer was great.

You still can't see it all that well, but I was trying to get a good picture of their housemade spicy mayo.

Their housemade spicy mayo was a wonderful example of my orange-is-the-perfect-sauce-color rule.  Yum yum yum.

My only criticism is that they could've given me more cilantro. It mostly came as a sprig on either end of the sandwich. More cilantro!

The coconut braised chicken special (bottom) was good because it was pulled chicken and had a creamy sauce. The BBQ pork one (top) is in chunks and has a sweet sauce instead of a creamy one. 

And they're part of Level Up (click here to get $5 free Level Up bucks, which gets me $5 too)!  Hooray!

Bon Me Truck at Gov't Center on Urbanspoon

Bon Me Truck at SOWA Open Market (Sundays) on Urbanspoon

Menu - All Entrees are $6

They offer a banh mi sandwich with either:
-Spice-rubbed All Natural Chicken
-Barbequed Pork
-Organic Tofu and Shitake Mushrooms

Or you can get a noodle salad (either buckwheat soba or rice noodles) with seasonal greens, bean sprouts, cilantro, carrot, daikon and red onion with a choice of dressings:
-Vietnamese vinaigrette
-Toasted Sesame

Finally, you can choose a rice bowl with either brown or white rice, which consists of pickled carrot and daikon, seasonal greens, bean sprouts, cilantro, scallions and a soy drizzle.

Fun sides:

-Edamame dusted with paprika, red pepper and sea salt - $2
and more importantly:
-"Deviled" Tea Eggs topped with that housemade orange spicy mayo heaven sauce, scallions and aleppo pepper

They also have beloved Vietnamese Ice Coffee, as well as Thai-basil Lemonade, Spicy Ginger Lemonade, and unsweetened organic iced green tea, all for just $2.50. (16 ounce cups if my eyes and memory serve)