I have to laugh because here in the Dallas area we must have literally, about 100 or so Vietnamese restaurants. I think half of Saigon settled in the DFW area. It's easy to become addicted to authentic, flavor driven Vietnamese food. We can probably thank the French colonization of Vietnam for a good part of that. From their famous Vietnamese vermicelli noodle soup, "Pho" which by the way is pronounced, "Fah". To the equally famous Vietnamese sandwich, "Banh Mi".
There are many variations of Banh Mi. The "classic" (and my favorite) is made on a (softer) French style baguette and filled with "French" ham, sliced roast pork, pork liver pate' and all sorts of greens including plenty of cilantro and hot peppers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bánh_mì
Most of the Vietnamese ex-pats (including most South East Asian ex-pats) have settled in the Dallas suburbs of Garland and Richardson.
And thats where you'll find, La Me. Serving (arguably) the best Banh Mi sandwich in the area. http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-me-richardson
post edited by Twinwillow - 2011/09/25 16:49:44