I’ve been on a roll with Vietnamese food lately. I had been wanting to try Boston Bakery in the Mills50 area since they got voted the best banh mi sandwich in Orlando by multiple polls and publications. I’ve also been wanting to try a banh mi since I heard of them. So naturally, my first banh mi had to come from Boston Bakery.
A banh mi is a traditional Vietnamese sandwich served on a French baguette with some sort of steamed meat and vegetables. Boston Bakery is located in a strip mall on Colonial Drive. I have no clue where the name comes from because it’s very Vietnamese (not Bostonian) and it’s not really a bakery. It’s a really small shop with only a couple of tables for eating, so I recommend taking your order to go.
I wanted to try as traditional of a banh mi as possible so ordered a sandwich with all the typical fixings: pork, liver pate, pickled vegetables, cilantro and jalapenos.
First of all, the bread is amazing. It’s a typical French bread, so nice and crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Upon my first bite, I learned that raw jalapenos are definitely too spicy for me. I promptly picked the rest out and continued enjoying the sandwich.
The pickled vegetables added a ton of flavor. If you think liver pate weirds you out, I challenge you to try this sandwich. The pate doesn’t stand out at all. It melts in with the bread and meat and just tastes like butter. It’s incredibly rich and delicious.
In general, I’m actually not a huge fan of sandwiches, but I may have found a favorite. The best part? This massive sub was only $3! I’m so happy I finally saw what all the hype was surrounding Boston Bakery and banh mis.
What is your favorite type of sandwich?