Foodie utopia is back on another Saturday, bringing to you a unique experience clashing Western culture and Vietnamese cuisine. Banh Mi Boys has been a fairly new and trending location for great takeout sandwiches inspired by the famous “Banh Mi” sandwich of the Vietnamese.
My boyfriend took me here one day spontaneously, he wanted me to critique what I thought about a more Westernized type of style of Vietnamese cuisine for lunch. Not that I was complaining – it meant a new blog post for foodie utopia! We entered the restaurant and we were already greeted to a decently large line. Torontonians were coming in for lunch on Yonge Street, hoping to grab one of Banh Mi Boys famous sandwiches. In addition to a menu displayed at the front, there was also a large menu displayed just over the entrance of Banh Mi Boys, so we were able to take a gander at our choices before we approached the waitress behind the cashier and got our order taken. We then sat ourselves at the table and waited for around 5-10 minutes, which was pretty quick considering the volume of people who came that afternoon.
Once our number was called, my partner brought the food to the table and I could see the combination of Vietnamese and Western came about. Both the Braised Beef Banh Mi and the Grilled Pork Banh Mi were placed together on a diner-like tray with checkerboard designed sandwich sheet, adding that westernized touch to the lunch. However, the Vietnamese came about from the first bites.
The Braised Beef Banh Mi tasted very similarly to the beef you find in the famous Vietnamese noodle soup, “pho” only in Banh Mi form. Surprisingly it was delicious to eat, and my partner enjoy this sandwich very much.
On the other hand, the Grilled Pork Banh Mi tasted like the banh mi form of “Thit Nuong” which is BBQ/grilled pork usually served in Vietnamese restaurants as a vermecielli and assorted vegetable dish. This was my option for lunch that day and the meat was super savoury, which I enjoy having very much.
Although, because I was raised eating traditional Vietnamese foods, I am more accustomed to the traditional “Banh Mi Thap Cam” – Banh Mi Boys provided an interesting twist to the banh mi experience which I wouldn’t mind trying again one day. It made me see how Vietnamese cuisine has expanded into popularity in my own city – I’m looking forward to trying out more Vietnamese places in the future for foodie utopia!
For more information on Banh Mi Boys and what they have to offer, take a visit to their website: http://www.banhmiboys.com/
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