Banh Mi My-Tho: Charbroiled Pork Sandwich | KCET
Banh Mi My-Tho: Charbroiled Pork Sandwich
Welcome to Free Lunch, "Where You're the Reviewer." This week's installment of our web series takes us to Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho, a tiny mom-and-pop convenience store/ take-out place in Alhambra that serves delicious-looking French sandwiches.
According to Wikipedia, bánh mì is a Vietnamese baguette. The term literally means biscuit or cake (Bánh) and flour or wheat (mì). Another interesting tidbit is that "bánh mì" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary on March 24, 2011.
Our guest this week is kcet.org commenter Glass of Win - aka Rachael Faught, a self-described 'writer, artist and globe-trekking foodie geek girl extraordinaire' - who was so excited to participate in our Free Lunch that she wore special make-up for the filming.
As it turns out, Rachael ended up being equally excited about Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho's sandwiches. She ordered the charbroiled pork sandwich (#8) which happens to be the most popular version they serve. In addition to the sandwich, Rachael had an ordered of egg rolls and a meat bun.
Having never been to Vietnam, I can't vouch for the authenticity of the food, but it sure seems like it's the real thing. As for the prices, I can tell you that they're hard to beat ($2.50 for the sandwich and $0.40 for each egg roll). Rachael felt the same way and promised to go back for more goodness. You might want to check out her blog to learn more about Rachael's adventures with food.
That's it for this week, but we'd really like to hear from you. What do you think about this week's video?
Please post your comments below, and by doing so you'll become eligible to participate in Free Lunch. Also, if you have some restaurant recommendations for us, please add them to this discussion.
Keep on Lunching!
Banh Mi My-Tho
304 W. Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
Tom "TK" Nagano takes Free Lunch to the quintessential Los Angeles dive bar. Meet a colorful cast of characters in this one time speakeasy and haunt of Charles Bukowski.
Becca Weber told Free Lunch she dreams about the sandwiches at Artisan Cheese Gallery. That's a pretty strong endorsement, so we went with her to check out the store and restaurant.
Charles Phoenix takes Free Lunch to his favorite restaurant in all of Los Angeles, Pann's. "Homespun and family run since 1958!"
Old college friends Ben and Leah reunite over dim sum at Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park.
Free Lunch takes you to an Italian cafe, bakery, pizzeria, restaurant and factory all in one. Eatalian Cafe was started in Gardena three years ago by Antonio Pellini and Eugenia Catellani, a couple from Italy's gastro-fabulous Emilia-Romagna region.
- 1 of 6
- next ›
In this new season, Artbound travels back to pre-industrial Los Angeles to explore one of its key and most controversial figures – Charles Lummis.KCET Original
Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for L.A.'s authentic architecture. This episode explores the provocative theory that his early homes in L.A. were also a means of artistic catharsis for Wright.KCET Original
The vast, strange, sometimes contradictory world of the urban desert and its people are explored in 11 public art exhibits and their respective locations scattered throughout Coachella Valley.KCET Original
A documentary exploring the past, present, and visions for the future of Taylor YardKCET Original
Overjoyed about the reunion with his sister, Julio learns from Cristina that her disappearance was due to a letter powerful enough to shatter the Grand Hotel.KCET Original
Huell also marvels at the world's largest blossoming plant, the Sierra Madre Wistaria Vine.
This home is now designated as a historic property and open the public.
On St. Martin's Lane in London, a popular spot for street performers, a busker works a poor girl into his act.
Imagine sitting by the lake on a hot day and watching as a car drives into the water and motors away. Well that's just what piqued Huell's interest.