I had the good fortune of “bumping into” Brownie at the Scharffen Berger event I attended; conversation of course centered on food, and at one point, it turned to banh mi. She mentioned how she was a bit disappointed that I hadn’t liked Sau Voi during my banh mi bender; though she agreed that my sandwiches, judging by my pictures, did look disappointing, Brownie really enjoyed their banh mi sate ga (chicken). I told her I would definitely go back and try it on her recommendation – especially because it’s so close, and she really liked it, I didn’t see any reason not to give it another go. There’s a reason this place is still around and still selling banh mi, right?
At $4.20, the price notched up just another little bit, I did have higher expectations both given price and the recommendation. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed; though the bread was still meh, the sate ga (satay chicken) was really flavorful and just about bursting out of the sandwich. The veggies again made little to no appearance, and the cilantro was suspiciously absent, but as a chicken satay sandwich, this was pretty darn good. I’d definitely order this again, if I were in the mood for this sort of sandwich.
Yvo says: Okay, the banh mi sate ga is really tasty. It still isn’t expensive at $4.20, and is definitely filling. My only complaint – which isn’t even a real complaint – is simply that since the veggies fail to make a strong showing, I would categorize this more as a regular sandwich as opposed to banh mi. Don’t ask me where I came up with my ‘requirements’ to be a banh mi; maybe it’s my delusional side whispering “banh mi are healthy because they’re so loaded with yummy veggies, it’s okay that they spread lard/Vietnamese mayo on it!” and this one just has too few veggies to qualify as a salad sandwich 😉
banh mi sate ga recommended… I still don’t like the other two I tried