If you know me at all, you know that I have a kind of unhealthy obsession with food. And one of my biggest loves is the Vietnamese sandwich, banh mi.
The classic version is made with various Vietnamese cold cuts such as sliced pork, chả lụa, and head cheese, along with the liver pâté and vegetables. If that doesn’t sound appetizing one can always find substitutes like a thinly sliced rib eye with kimchi or a slow braised pork belly.
Naturally, being associated with anything Asian it was only a matter of time before someone created one in honor of Jeremy Lin. Thanks to the people at Joju in Queens, NY you can now find a banh mi called “The Linsanity.” Here is how Joe DiStefano describes the sandwich.
“Tender bits of chicken cooked in soy sauce, sugar, and mirin and shot through with Thai basil are slicked with Wong’s homemade aji verde. It’s surely the first time the garlicky green hot sauce commonly seen at Peruvian chicken joints has ever appeared at a bánh mì shop. The Lin-Sanity is dressed with all the standard bánh mì fixins: pickled carrot and daikon along with cucumbers, cilantro, and mayo.”
I could go for one right now.
Thank goodness they decided against using stinky tofu. That stuff is putrid.