Packed into this Vietnamese sandwich, or bánh mì (bAHn-me), are spiced, crushed pork meatballs and a runny fried egg that gushes at first bite. A slather of pâté and mayonnaise melts into the fresh-toasted french loaf...and to top this classic sandwich off, the folks at Banh Mi Ba Le in east Oakland shove fresh strips of cucumber, jalapeno and cilantro into this beauty. For the signature zing, they add shredded pickled daikon and carrots.
Of the 24 or so sandwich variations, this is #13. Banh Mi Ba Le sits on the corner of International Boulevard and 19th Avenue, an area considered to be less than savory. But perhaps that's one of the reasons why this comes in at $3, including tax. Worth it and more. (CATCH--Delicious)