Food Friday: Banh Mi Ngon

Well, it’s Friday, sunny, and we are on the verge of the Memorial Day weekend. Life is good. So, I thought I’d write about food.

Yesterday, in between two board meetings, I decided to stop at a place that’s been on my foodie list for a while: Banh Mi Ngon in West Roxbury.

I first tried banh mi some decades ago. In Chinatown Boston, there was a grocery store that catered to Vietnamese expatriates.

I saw some folks prepping and selling banh mi sandwiches, and although I wasn’t hungry, I just had to have one, and it was quite a tasty revelation.

So, with a lot of excitement, I yesterday had lunch at Banh Mi Ngon. I ordered the “classic,” and it exceeded my expectations.

It was a great combination of two cultures: a baguette made with rice flour for extra crunch, pâté, ham, some Vietnamese-style pork roll, cilantro, spicy mayonnaise and pickled carrots and daikon. It’s a wonderful combination of flavor and textures.

Add in some iced limeade, and it was a tasty and affordable meal.

So, head over to Banh Mi Ngon and let me know what you think. I love the place, and I’ll be back.

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