Come warm weather, we're all up for cold noodles: cool, nutty soba; Korean nang myeun in ice broth; tongue-tingling Chinese noodles laced with chili oil—we'll take 'em all. What will we be eating when the thermometer rises to three digits? These are a good start.
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The meats at Banh Mi Saigon lean towards the standard or mediocre, which is where these meatballs come in.
Everything tastes good on a crusty baguette with cucumbers, pickled veggies, mayonnaise, and plenty of cilantro and jalapenos. That's why Eater X, who must remain nameless due to his government job in Chinatown, invented this mashup of a salt baked soft shell crab from Great NY Noodletown stuffed into a vegetarian Vietnamese sandwich from Banh Mi Saigon.
You know those summer days when you're not in the mood for anything too hot or heavy for lunch, your office AC is busted, and you're still full from the crunchy peanut butter tastings? Well, it was one of those days, so when walking across the street to Banh Mi Saigon, the packaged gỏi cuốn, or shrimp summer roll trio ($5), in the fridge next to the sodas looked light, refreshing, and perfect.
The crowds come for the banh mi, but my visits to Banh Mi Saigon on Grand Street are for the sweets.
Banh Mi might be the draw at this much loved Vietnamese sandwich shop, but don't leave without a cup of the Rainbow Drink (Che Ba Mau) for a mere $2.75. Suitable for breakfast, dessert, or a snack, the Che...