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Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Best Sandwich in the World!!!


That's right, the best in the world. I should know, because I've eaten not just hundreds, but thousands, maybe even tens of thousands of sandwiches. Heck, I eat one everyday. Due to this vast experience, I feel justified in referring to myself as a sandwich expert.

Now that I've detailed my qualifications, it's time to reveal the sandwich: The delicious Banh Mi. A Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich on a fresh crusty baguette. The first time I had one of these was in San Francisco at a small Vietnamese take out joint near Fisherman's Wharf. I loved that sandwich but didn't think I'd be able to get one in Pittsburgh. I was wrong! Right in the middle of the Strip District in front of the My Nyoc restaurant is where a woman named Lucy prepares the Best Sandwich in the World. The sandwich consists of grilled chicken that she removes from a skewer and chops into bite size chunks. She then stuffs them into the fresh baguette. Next comes julienned slices of cucumber, carrot, and red onion. Jalapenos sliced length wise and fresh cilantro go on next and then she finishes it off with a drizzle of a spicy and sweet sauce. I'm guessing it may be a mixture of fish sauce and a little honey. The flavors perfectly complement each other. The spicy peppers and slightly sweet sauce, the crispy cucumbers, the crunch of the onions and carrots combined with the fish sauce make the perfect combination.

It's my understanding that Lucy sells sidewalk sandwiches all summer and then returns to Vietnam during winter. You might want to make a trip to the Strip this summer and sample one of Lucy's creations. The Banh Mi really is the Best Sandwich in the World! I should know, I've eaten lots of sandwiches!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You wouldn't happen to know of another Banh Mi place, would you? The only problem I have with Lucy's stand is that there's only chicken Banh Mi. The ones with head cheese and Vietnamese ham are really quite awesome!

Dave, The BurghFeeder said...

I wish that I knew of another Banh Mi place, but I'm kind of new to this type of food, so I might not be a very good resource. If you learn of any others, please let me know!!!

Julie said...

I have passed her cart many times but never had a sandwich! The horror! I will definitely have to try one the next time I am in the area....

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for Banh Mi all over pittsburgh and Lucy seems to be the only one with them. I too wish she had more than just chicken! Also, the bread is a bit chewier than my favorite Banh Mi places in the Norther Virginia area.

Anonymous said...

I have tried her sandwiches and they are insane! It's kinda sad that she doesn't have a permanent place but she told me she is in the process. THey are my favorite!

Dave, The BurghFeeder said...

I'm just glad she's back in Pittsburgh!

Anonymous said...

Vietnam's pho in the strip. Right across from the altar bar and mcdonalds. They have the banh mi you seek...plus much more!