I lived in Seattle a few years ago. Not only was it one of the friendliest, most beautiful places I’d ever been, it was also one of the most delicious! One of the greatest culinary treasures was the overabundance of Vietnamese restaurants. You didn’t have to look far to find a great bowl of pho or tasty banh mi.
My searching led me to the holy grail of banh mi sandwiches. Yeh Yeh’s Vietnamese sandwich shop. If you are within 1000 miles of the Seattle area, you need to go to this restaurant. I’m not lying or exaggerating when I say that I ate there at least 3 times a week (typically more) and often would eat there twice a day. They really are that incredible. Anytime a friend or family member visits the Emerald City, I demand that they go to Yeh Yeh’s. All have gone, all are obsessed.
Moving back East, I’ve yet to find a comparable banh mi. I’ve found good versions, including a new spot that recently opened in the neighborhood my office is located in. Lucky for me, that banh mi is pretty scrumptious. I have to admit, it’s no Yeh Yeh’s… but is a worthy contender.
My younger brother, a Yeh Yeh’s convert, gave me the The Banh Mi Handbook for Christmas last year. I couldn’t wait to start making my own banh mi at home! Making this sandwich does require some planning and extra work, it’s definitely worth it though! The roll, which is usually the biggest hurdle in finding a great banh mi, is completely delicious. Fresh baked rolls and bread always elevate any meal to another level and this sandwich is no exception. The beef is seasoned perfectly and has just the right amount of sweet and salty. The carrots, daikon, cucumber and cilantro bring everything together. The sandwich is light and refreshing but also comforting.
If you haven’t had a banh mi, make this today! If you’ve had banh mi and love them, make this today! I promise you will not regret it!