Bun mi, eat mi, love mi. If Bun Mi is any indication of what a Subway tastes like in Vietnam – I’m there. This was a sandwich packed with so many flavors and so far from the turkey subs that I am used to. And quite frankly, I’m not sure I could ever go back. Why bother? Yes, I suppose it is higher in calories than a plain turkey but there are times (most of the time in my world) when calories are just not important. Wait, am I allowed to say that? Let me rephrase: there are times when calories should not be the end all be all when delicious food is on the line. ;)

What is a bánh mì you may ask? According to Wikipedia: a Vietnamese baguette  made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers, pate, mayonaise and various meat or tofu fillings


I had read about this restaurant in the Mpls St Paul Magazine and it just so happens to be on the U of M campus, which I like to visit and pretend I’m still in college…. ahh….the good life…for me. Not my Dad.  They recommended the Bun Mi Special which is BBQ pork and “specialty eggs”. Specialty eggs for the record are essentially scrambled eggs in some special seasonings. Not from crazy birds like I had suspected. Silly mi. This was amazing. In fact, it might just be the greatest sandwich I’ve ever had. Grilled pork, eggs, cilantro, jalapeno, carrots, cucumbers, etc……and sriracha on the side?

The other sandwich? I just wasn’t that into it. It was the “Vietnamese Classic” though so I did want to give it a try: BBQ pork, pork roll and pate. Pork roll? Pressed, steamed and sliced into little spam-looking pieces. The taster did enjoy it though and was sweet enough to trade me halves. I will stick with the “Bun Mi” Special from now on.

28 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Molly
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    mmm that looks awesome. SO much better than subway!
    Hope you’re having fun! How long are you there!?

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    • anutritionisteats
      Dec 13, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

      I got back late last night and am still trying to get adjusted! I can’t wait to catch up on what is going on with you!

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  2. Molly
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    mmm that looks awesome. SO much better than subway!
    Hope you’re having fun! How long are you there!?

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    • anutritionisteats
      Dec 13, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

      I got back late last night and am still trying to get adjusted! I can’t wait to catch up on what is going on with you!

      Reply

  3. Holly
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    gah, that sammie looks epic. i will be visiting bun mi when i am back in MN – where on the U campus is it?

    are you back from haiti yet? miss you girl – hope you are having such a fabulous time!

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    • anutritionisteats
      Dec 13, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

      It was SO good! It is right off of Washington Ave next to Jamba Juice. We could always meet for a date ;) there!

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  4. Holly
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    gah, that sammie looks epic. i will be visiting bun mi when i am back in MN – where on the U campus is it?

    are you back from haiti yet? miss you girl – hope you are having such a fabulous time!

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    • anutritionisteats
      Dec 13, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

      It was SO good! It is right off of Washington Ave next to Jamba Juice. We could always meet for a date ;) there!

      Reply

  5. Katie
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    Wow, save me some!

    New music, food, fitness + giveaways – http://katiechangesforkatie.blogspot.com/2009/12/mia-photo-update-new-contest-happy.html

    Have a good day!

    Katie

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  6. Katie
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    Wow, save me some!

    New music, food, fitness + giveaways – http://katiechangesforkatie.blogspot.com/2009/12/mia-photo-update-new-contest-happy.html

    Have a good day!

    Katie

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  7. Tracey
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    That looks amazing!

    I would try it for sure except with no cilantro. I really wish I liked cilantro.

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  8. Tracey
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    That looks amazing!

    I would try it for sure except with no cilantro. I really wish I liked cilantro.

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  9. Chelsea Ward
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 5:34 am

    Cilantro is an herb of sheer magic. When added to a sandwich, though, the room for potential is quite promising. Would you say that the bum mu is typically available at most Vietnamese restaurants? My interest is piqued!

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  10. Chelsea Ward
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 5:34 am

    Cilantro is an herb of sheer magic. When added to a sandwich, though, the room for potential is quite promising. Would you say that the bum mu is typically available at most Vietnamese restaurants? My interest is piqued!

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  11. Anna
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    haha…that looks much better than Subway!! :-)

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  12. Anna
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    haha…that looks much better than Subway!! :-)

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  13. mary beth
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    yum! i will have to try that next time we are up!! great seeing you guys yesterday. :)

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  14. mary beth
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    yum! i will have to try that next time we are up!! great seeing you guys yesterday. :)

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  15. Dan
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    Welcome back honey, can’t wait to hear your stories and see your pictures.

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  16. Dan
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    Welcome back honey, can’t wait to hear your stories and see your pictures.

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  17. Kat
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    I love Vietnamese sandwiches! Those look especially yummy…

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  18. Kat
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    I love Vietnamese sandwiches! Those look especially yummy…

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  19. biz319
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

    I call that sammie a Bahn Mi – but your name is probably the correct one! I’ve made it twice and have loved it – I used a combination of plain greek yogurt and sriracha sauce for the spread – so spicy good!

    http://biz319.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/i-was-up-at-550-a-m/

    Yours looks delicious though! :D

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    • anutritionisteats
      Dec 14, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

      No you are right! The restaurant just spells it that way as their name! I might be able to eat Greek yog and sriracha straight… :)

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  20. biz319
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

    I call that sammie a Bahn Mi – but your name is probably the correct one! I’ve made it twice and have loved it – I used a combination of plain greek yogurt and sriracha sauce for the spread – so spicy good!

    http://biz319.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/i-was-up-at-550-a-m/

    Yours looks delicious though! :D

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    • anutritionisteats
      Dec 14, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

      No you are right! The restaurant just spells it that way as their name! I might be able to eat Greek yog and sriracha straight… :)

      Reply

  21. Mo @ MommyRD
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    Mmmm…I would love that kind of sandwich. I wish I had a place nearby like that.

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  22. Mo @ MommyRD
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    Mmmm…I would love that kind of sandwich. I wish I had a place nearby like that.

    Reply

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