Hi kids! No recipes today (and that means no work for you). Just sit back and check out these photos from a day out in Boston.
Saturday there was a Food Truck Throwdown on the Greenway in Boston. Nine trucks came from New York and nine represented ye olde Boston towne. There was voting, but I was too preoccupied with eating to worry about winners.
Then, Bon Me, a Vietnamese sandwich truck. This was at the top of my list, as my love for Vietnamese sandwiches began at home in downtown Houston at this little joint called Les Givral’s, where we used to get absurdly inexpensive baguette-sized sandwiches.
Here’s an anecdote of my embarrassing display of ethnocentricism for you: last year, I was talking about Vietnamese sandwiches with le fiancé and he asked, “What are these sandwiches actually called?” I said, “Vietnamese sandwiches.” He said, “No, no, I mean what are they called like–at Vietnamese restaurants?” Me: “Oh! It’s just called ‘Vietnamese sandwich.’” You should have seen my man’s face. As it turns out, shockingly, they are actually called “Bánh mì,” and hence the name of the food truck. Folks, think before you speak. -_-
Bánh mì can have all sorts of fillings, but in my experience, the main components are:
– Delicious crusty bread (resembles a French baguette, but a little like a bolillo, too)
– Pickled vegetables, like carrots and daikon.
– Fresh cucumber slices.
– Sliced fresh jalapenos (not for namby-pambies)
– Fresh cilantro (stalks and leaves)
– Sometimes, a smear of paté
– A protein (chicken, pork, tofu, etc.)
Of course, thinking of Shorty’s, my brain was going a hundred miles a minute, calculating gas costs, food costs, insurance costs, and trying to figure out how the trucks run on generators, and how many sinks they have, and where the grease goes…
The recipes will return when finals end. (!)