Banh Mi Baby! Tapioca and Pho Restaurant
Last week Daughter and I decided to take a trip to our Mecca the Marukai Market in Gardena to pick up a kimono for her and some groceries (mmm Uni) for moi. On the way out we decided to stop for a quick lunch so I pulled into the mini-mall across the street and that is when my Boba obsessed Daughter spotted the Tapioca and Pho Restaurant. This being July I wasn’t keen on having any soup but I figured I’d find something to eat. Lo and behold there on the menu a variety of Banh Mi choices. I had been meaning to try out some authentic Vietnamese Banh Mi for a while and figured here was my chance. For those who have never had one a Banh Mi is a Vietnamese style deli sandwich on fresh baguette. What makes this sandwich unique is, one; the choice of meat fillings and two; the garnishes of yummy crunchy pickled carrots and jicama, fresh cucumber, a cilantro sprig and mayonnaise. Sooo good!
This being my first Banh Mi I had nothing to compare it to but I LOVED this sandwich. I got the grilled pork and my daughter got the grilled beef. On both sandwiches the meat filling was wonderfully marinated and had a sweet glaze to it countered with the crunchy garnishes on a soft baguette and the perfect amount of mayo. It was truly an amazing balance of flavors. Mmmmm… move over dumplings I’ve got a new obsession.
Anyone who knows me knows that 11 is my lucky number, most auspicious
Pork Bahn Mi sweet savory sour crunchy soft creamy goodness
The equally delectable Grilled Beef Bahn Mi
Daughters Milk Tea Boba (she enjoyed it)