We took a trip to The Big Smoke (aka Toronto) recently to catch the Pat Benatar concert (excellent we might add!), which also resulted in us having the good fortune to be right in the vicinity of another Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” establishments: Banh Mi Boys Sandwich Shop!
We’ve never had a banh mi, or bao for that matter, so as a morning after feed, why not opt for something new and interesting? Okay, well, sometimes the answer to trying new stuff is definitely a big fat “NO”… as hollered from the night before’s excessive drinks, that you have no choice but to obey in the harsh light of day. This day though, yes, new and interesting squeaked in, barely.
Off L went to procure, and as is tradition, I waited for the tasty (hopefully), new surprises to arrive. As usual, since we often make deliberate, informed choices about where we eat, the food did not disappoint. So, we tried 2 steamed bao buns, one with pulled pork and one with beef cheeks. As a great added bonus, L decided that we had to have the kimchi fries! Definitely appreciated from a morning point of view.
So, the official opinions on the food are: the two bao, good, but I would have liked the buns to be warm, they were quite cool, like they had come out of a fridge, and they were fairly small, so maybe a third would have been enough. The fillings though, were rich and tasty, and the consistency of the bite of the bao was soft and yet substantial. The kimchi fries however, were (almost) perfection! Well cooked, just the right amount of crunch and skin left on them, the toppings were fantastic: kimchi, pulled pork, and mayo. The only note, if there is one, is L was asked about spice level, I’m not sure what part of the order they were referring to, the fries or the buns, but after indicating we wanted SPICY, none of it was particularly hot. If we were home, we would have remedied that on our own, but it was still much enjoyed and we would go back. Would definitely go for a banh mi sandwich next time, and would always include a re acquaintance with the kimchi fries. You can’t miss ’em if you don’t try ’em.