Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vietnamese take-out party in yr mouth

It's disgustingly hot in NYC today, currently in the 90s, and if the little weather box in my iGoogle is to be believed we could reach 102° F. If you are the type to fight heat with heat — as many people living in hot climates do — you should know about V-Nam Cafe's spicy bánh mì. It's made with sriracha and both jalapeno and serrano peppers and I opted to take a couple spoonfuls of yogurt afterwards, something I almost never resort to. Had I bothered to consult any reviews before trying it I would've seen the flaming-hot warning cartoon sandwich in the Village Voice, but it caught me by surprise and was all the more appreciated for it. I'll definitely order it again soon. The non-spicy foods seem well worth exploring too. So far I've only tried the vermicelli with spring roll, which could've used more herbs but was springy, fresh-tasting, and crisp in all the right places. I'm not perverse enough to go for pho today but as soon as the weather cools down a bit I'll try it.

spicy bánh mì with optional fried egg

vermicelli with spring roll

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