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.

Listen to episode 56

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: