This Place is Famous in The Ancient Hoi An
As I mentioned in my previous post featuring Eric, the professional tailor, I had asked him of good local eats around Hoi An. He quickly went on to tell me of a place with the best Bánh Mì Phượng, which is essentially a freshly made Vietnamese style sandwich on a warm baguette. He marked the location on our map, and all we had to do was find it.
We searched the place out, heading a street too far at first, then backtracked to find our way at the entrance of this world famous eatery. Come to find out, Anthony Bourdain once made a special visit here to try the famous Vietnamese Bánh Mì for himself. They had a placard hanging from the ceiling near the entrance with his photo biting into a fresh sandwich.
Here in Hoi An, this place is hopping with business. Back in the states, this place would be closed down for failing health inspection. I would know, too - I'm a health inspector.
Cooked foods sitting out at room temp and cut leafy greens not being kept under refrigeration. Food workers serving customers after handling money. This doesn't fly where I come from, but here in Vietnam, it's the norm. It didn't stop me from eating a Bánh Mì Phượng either, I can assure you that.
I didn't really know what all I was getting, so I just told the lady making my sandwich that I wanted everything that comes on it. I'm rather an adventurous eater these days. I'll try anything just to try it. If I don't like it, then I know not to have it again.
I got one with chicken and whatever other local ingredients go on a Bánh Mì. The cost was like a dollar-fifteen US or 30,000 Dong. Cheap as all get up and go.
The sandwich, if you were wondering, was muy delicioso. I'll probably search myself out a Bánh Mì Phượng place while I'm here in Ho Chi Minh City.