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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

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mei

are these the amazing banh mi that you brought for me and chris at sxsw that day? because i'm still dreaming about those. every night. and waking up with a puddle of drool on my pillow...

Boots in the Oven

Hey, that's right - they are! I'm so glad you liked them. It looks like the London eating is going nicely!

Rachel

franny

Wow, next stop: Baguette House. Thanks for the info!

Nicole

Just wondering how these compare to the banh mi at Tam Deli? I love their banh mi, but if Baguette House is better, I'll definitely give it a try!

Boots in the Oven

Thanks, Franny! I hope you like it!

Nicole, I slightly prefer the ones at Baguette House... I think their bread is usually better. I have a good friend who would fight me most of the way to the death on that one, though!

Rachel

Ling

There's a banh mi revolution in New York now, I'm kinda surprised it hasn't kicked up here in S'pore yet - given the mania for Viet cuisine (largely of the pho and spring roll persuasion). I suspect it's because we have mostly awful bread here - the kind I refer to as deathbed bread: sweet, pappy and shallow-breathed (doesn't inflate when you cut/bite/smack your fist into a loaf). Bleagh. People here mostly like bread that doesn't fight back when bitten into. Depressing!

Boots in the Oven

Ling, I've been hearing about the banh mi in NYC - there's something a bit odd to me about paying $8 for something that's $3 here, and 30 cents in Vietnam, but I guess it's those New York rents! I hope they make it to Singapore soon - but hey, you guys have killer laksa, right? I don't think we even have a place in town that SERVES it, much less does a good job with it.

Rachel

dobianchi.com

wow, great bread in Austin? sounds too good to be true. I've so many questions: do they allow byob? do they allow take out of just the bread? Tracie B and I will have to make it up there... Josh Loving hipped me to your blog and I'm glad for it... :-)

Boots in the Oven

Aw, thanks! Josh is terrific. I don't know if they allow BYOB - I'm usually there for just a quick lunch, and it's a pretty casual place. I would be willing to bet that they do (they don't have a liquor license). And yes, you can carryout a baguette - I've actually been at gatherings where people have shown up with bread from Baguette House! I think it's less than a dollar a loaf.

And I'm going to head over to your blog to educate myself about some wine!

Rachel

Albany Jane

All of this banh mi talk is getting me antsy! Up here in Albany we get banh mi shipped up from NYC at the asian markets. Never really fresh, and always around $5. I have a problem with paying $5 for a several-hours-old sandwich, so I still haven't. This looks delightful.

Boots in the Oven

AJ, WTF? That's crazy-talk. Logan made ersatz banh mi for us a few times while we were living in Florence... it's a pretty serious craving when it strikes! And I'd have equal trouble paying $5 for an old sammich.

Rachel

Tiffany Diane

Why am I just now finding this blog. I found it through Frances aka TheNomNom.blogspot.com

My group for class has a sandwich blog, perhaps you could guest post someday??
austineatssandwiches.wordpress.com

-Tiffany

Boots in the Oven

Thanks, Tiffany! I'l definitely go check out your class's blog. Guest posting would be fun!

Rachel

Nicole

Rachel,

Just wanted to tell you that we checked out Baguette House this weekend per your recommendation. I would agree that their bread has a slight edge over Tam Deli's. And $1.50 for a loaf? AWESOME!

Darius ordered a sandwich with a bunch of cured meats (I think it was called like "House Special Combo" or something) and he liked it more than the cured meat ones at Tam Deli. I ordered the grilled pork, but I didn't like it quite as much as the one from Tam Deli. But their spread on the bread was fantastic!

They were out of pate chaud when we were there, but we tried the vegetarian spring rolls instead. I liked the sauce that came with it and thought it was nicely balanced, but I really didn't care for the springrolls themselves. Maybe we should have tried the pork or beef ones and would have liked those more.

All in all--thanks for the recommendation! Another great place to add to our list.

Boots in the Oven

Nicole, thanks so much for the followup! It sounds like you think they stand up pretty well to Tam, which is great to know since you're a fan. I like the House Special sammich too!

I still think the best banh mi I ever had in town were at Ba Le, but that place has been closed for three years or so now. I'm still sad about it!

Rachel

Michael Barnes

Well, you've opened my eyes. And my mouth.

Boots in the Oven

I'd love to know if you try it!

Thuy Nguyen

Hi all. I'm Vietnamese, and have been a fan and friend of Tam Deli for as long as I could remember. I used to love their "Banh my xiu mai" (meatball banh my) with all my heart, but the relationship came to an end when I discovered the Baguette House. So yes, in my opinion the BH not only has a better variety but also does an outstanding job at making delicious fillings. My favorites are the house special and the grilled pork versions. Tam Deli, though, remains my favorite place for many other dishes (and a friendly encounter with the owners). I just secretly sneak out to the BH when craving banh my. I think my unfaithfulness is forgivable.

Boots in the Oven

Thank you for your comment, Thuy! I love Tam as well (why haven't we blogged it?!). Their banh cuon are wonderful, and they have a lot of dishes on their menu that aren't available at other Vietnamese restaurants in town.

But Baguette House... their banh mi are still my favorite. I tried Lily's Sandwich again the other day to see if they'd improved, but Baguette House's are still better.

Rachel

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