I'm in a bad place. Everyone in life will be where I am right now, sooner or later, or sadly, perhaps you already have. That is, in fact, the only uncertainty life gives us: you don't know when sh*t will hit the fan but you do know that you can handle it. And life's easier to manage when you have great friends. Not the riff raff that latches onto you along the way, but the ones that walk with you. They're the ones that make you laugh, and make you eat. I've said it once before, but food is sometimes more than necessary, it's often therapy.
Minnie and I headed to Banh Mi Boys yesterday after a ridiculous walk around the city. I haven't been hungry for days but when I walked in I forgot about my worries and focused on the menu. The shop is shiny and the faces are smiley.
The menu is easy, three types of eats: taco, banh mi (bread in Vietnamese), and steamed bao (I call bao 'pillow bum bread' because they're billowy like a pillow and rounded like a bum).
BMB basically suped up a cheap and common snack by keeping the frame, but improving the engine. Vietnamese subs have been a long staple of the frugal, the poor, the wealthy, the hungry...it's an easy dirty good meal. They always come in the most AMAZING bread - soft and fluffy bread encased by a crunchy, chewy crust. BMB simply took out the questionable (but tasty) meats and replaced them with braised beef cheek, five spice pork belly, kalbi beef, duck confit, and tofu. And in doing that, I think they introduced banh mi to a whole new audience. That might explain why it was an overnight sensation. And I do mean sensation because I heard the line-ups were bonkers.
Minnie's favourite was the beef cheek bao:
Mine was the kimchi fries:
|kalbi beef taco|
|five spice pork belly banh mi|
braised pork belly, pickled radish
All the meats we had were perfectly seasoned and really, really, really good. Especially my pork belly - fatty, tender, and tasty.
During the fifteen minutes it took to eat, I smiled. All my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks like they're here to stay. Hey, at least I'm eating again.