episode 56 :: bánh mì

I’ve made no secret that my single favorite dish in the world comes from Vietnam. Phở is my death row meal, and is fast becoming a favorite among many of my friends and listeners of the show (you know who you are).

Now comes perhaps my single favorite sandwich, the bánh mì. A no frills sandwich composed of a few slices of pork roll, pate, Jambon stuffed into a freshly baked French baguette, topped with house pickled carrots and daikon radish, cilantro, and sliced jalapeno. 10 hard inches of crusty goodness for half the price of what Subway charges.  As nice as Subway has been to us over the years, Jared had better start learning how to speak Vietnamese.  My new addiction is once again from Vietnam.

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With the help of Cathy at Gastronomy Blog, I’ll show you how to properly pronounce this sandwich. Cathy can lead to you more Bánh mì adventures than you’d ever imagined existed.  We’ll also discuss Tyson Food’s defense against the filmmakers of Food Inc.  And you can’t have a sandwich without a beer, so I crack open a can of Imperial IPA that rivals Pliny. That’s right – Imperial IPA in a can.

In this episode:
• Shame on you, Jesse James
• ‘Gubna’ Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues
• Discovering Bánh mì through Lee’s Sandwiches
• Tyson’s side of the Food Inc. story
• The American Meat Institute’s side as well
• ‘Future Food’ coming to Planet Green, March 30th
• Does Bourdain dislike food blogging?
• Growing produce in the Middle East

Special thanks to Cathy at Gastronomy Blog for her help and inspiration. You can read more about bánh mì on her blog.

Audio on this episode courtesy of The Onion, CNN, Travel Channel, and Planet Green.

Music in this episode from Shinedown.  If you like the song you can buy it from the iTunes store, or from their web site shinedown.com

Lastly, here’s a video from Tyson featuring an example of the type family-run farms that supply chickens to Tyson Foods:


13 thoughts on “episode 56 :: bánh mì

  1. I don’t know why I decided to listen to this when I was already hungry…I want a bahn mi so badly right now and I’m living in the one corner of the Bay with no shops.

    Where are you buying your Oskar Blues? Everywhere I’ve seen it it’s around 10/4pk except the Ten Fidy which is usually a buck or two more.

    I have to say, as a documentary filmmaker, these people that are passing off agenda films as documentaries really piss me off. I believe very strongly in showing the truth in my work, regardless of what my initial hypothesis was, and to not do so does not, in the long run, help your cause. WIthout some balance, the only people that will watch your work are those already inclined to agree with you and those that don’t (who, you must assume, most need to see it), will immediately discount you or, at best, not be persuaded due to an incomplete argument. In the particular case of Food Inc., my assumption is that, as is usually the case, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I actually have not watched it because I knew that they were working from an agenda and what the conclusion would be which, for me, would be like going to watch The Sixth Sense already knowing that Bruce is dead the whole way through.

    Of course, my work isn’t getting even limited theatrical release yet so I may just be completely full of crap.

    1. Thanks for listening, Seher – and for your comments. Don and I just had a Dude Night reunion, listened to a lot of our old shows. It was a good time together. Brought back some great memories.

      Not all Oskar Blues beers are this expensive – just this one. Gubna is far more expensive than even Ten Fidy, which was by far the priciest of the bunch. Worth every penny, mind you. Still – $15 for 4 cans of beer seems a little rich.

      I think Michael Moore changed the face of documentaries with Roger & Me. Considering that movie came out around the same time as “The Thin Blue Line,” which had an agenda but didn’t shove it down your throat, it’s clear that documentaries are important films – whether we agree with their message or not.

      The Cove had an agenda too, but it played out like an action thriller. And you actually saw what these people were doing to those dolphins, which drove their point home. It sold the film. Food, Inc. didn’t prove anything by showing how one woman raises her chickens for Tyson, and being refused entry to another growers chicken house. I think it certainly would have swayed the anti-Tyson opinion had they agreed to be interviewed for the film, but you never know how cleverly it may have been edited. So, in hindsight, they probably did the right thing.

      Can’t wait to see your movie! When will it be released?

  2. Who knew there were asian sandwiches? You did of course. Enjoyed listening to Tyson’s side of the Food Inc. saga. You had to know sooner or later they would say something.

    Gotta try that canned craft beer you keep talking about. Sounds pretty expensive though.

  3. The pictures of that porn star Jesse was supposedly dating are all over the net. Bombshell is her porn name I think. No amount of tattoo’s can cover up all that crazy.

    The video of the Tyson chicken farmers is almost idyllic. It’s not exactly the kind of chicken farmer that was portrayed in the movie. I wonder what they were trying to pull.

    1. Thanks Drew. I feel the 60 seconds I gave that topic may have been 30 seconds too long, but I had to say something. That was just disgusting. It’s kind of embarrassing.

      It’s funny that you mention that video in that way. When I first saw it, it almost matched perfectly with the beginning of Food, Inc. He’s describing how farmers and life on the farm is being portrayed in grocery stores (much like this video, in fact) while it’s actually not like that at all. Turns out, it seems that it very well is just like that.

  4. Hey Phil love the show. Just catching up on your shows now.

    I have had plenty of banh mi, believe it or not. I’ve had Lee’s and did not thing it was very good banh mi. I tried it and I was deeply disappointed. At least in the South Bay, there is much better banh mi to be had. For me, it was like comparing a McDonald’s to In and

    1. Sorry you didn’t like Lee’s, Dan. I have not had many Banh Mi, so can not even begin to say I know much about this. I can’t wait to try other versions. And the next time we get the opportunity to have them in LA with Cathy, I’m totally taking her up on it.

  5. Pho (fffff oh) Pho. without any form of accents fffffoh would be the rational pronunciation.

    I did some searching and it seems like there is only one place in Pittsburgh that has banh mi. As expected its in the Strip District and they also have Pho so I could be in for one hella feast. Here’s what they offer
    Banh Mi Dau Hu (Tofu Sandwich) $4.50
    Banh Mi Ga Nuong (Grilled Chicken Sandwich) $4.95
    Banh Mi Xa Xiu (BBQ Pork Sandwich) $5.50

    Thanks for the Humpday plug. I love Oskar Blues. They even make a good lip balm. srsly.

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