My relentless search for the best banh mi in the city recently took me to Seattle Deli. But, surprisingly, they were out of BBQ pork, and that’s the filling of choice for my challenge. No problem, though, as you can throw a stone and hit a few more Vietnamese delis from that spot. I ventured across the street (behind the strip mall where you’ll find the great Malay Satay Hut) to Banh Cuon Tan Dinh.
Most of these delis serve the same food: sandwiches, rice boxes, etc. The BBQ pork banh mi at Banh Cuon was mediocre. Larger pieces of pork, but I wasn’t a fan of the cucumber slices, and I’d want more jalapenos next time. More interesting, though, was the tray of shrimp muffins. Or were they fritters? Or cakes? Hard to say, but unmistakable were the shrimp in shell on top – and, yes, you are supposed to eat the shell. Inside is a mung bean filling that some might find disconcerting. I’m still not sure what I think of them. But it’s always fun to find something new to try, which is what I like about these Vietnamese delis, and if anyone has more information on the shrimp treats – or any other favorite items – please post in the comments.
Cross-posted on Examiner.