Le Banh Mi: The Vietnamese Sandwich Done Right
Having visited Vietnam almost seven years ago, it wasn’t fresh in my mind all that I had done there, seen or eaten but after visiting Le Banh Mi in Hongdae the other weekend with some friends, the memories started resurfacing. Those perfectly cooked French baguettes with the crunchy crust surrounding a soft bread in the inside were sumptuous and oh so delectable after living in Korea for a year where the bread was seriously wanting at the time. Le Banh Mi in Hongdae provides those same deliciously crunchy mini baguettes as their base for what is the perfectly light but satisfying sandwich. Toppings include hot peppers, pork, ham, chicken, carrots, radish, onions, cucumbers and cilantro. Poached egg can also be added and my friends rave about the fruit shakes this place also serves, though we didn’t have one.
Looking for a nice place to grab a bite to eat in Hongdae as you wander the alleys? This is the perfect place to stop.
Le Banh Mi 카페르반미
서울특별시 마포구 서교동 411-7
411-7 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul
by subway: out Sangsu Subway Station, exit 1, make a u-turn and follow the street to the first alley and turn left. When it comes to a fork in the road go right and when it dead-ends go left for a few feet and you’ll see the restaurant on your right. OR out Hapjeong Subway Station, exit 5, turn right at the first street and follow it all the way down until it dead ends. Go left and there are two alleys split by a restaurant in the center, take the alley to the right and you’ll see the restaurant on your left a little ways down.