Bánh Mì in SLC – Noodle and Chopstick
2000 W 3500 S
West Valley City, UT 84119
I never got a chance to visit Pho Green Papaya before the remodel, but the promise of bánh mì on the new menu dragged me across Redwood to take care of a late night craving. What I found was a nicely updated sandwich and a strong contender for my sandwich dollar on the west side.
I had the kalbi and the grilled pork sandwiches. The first and easiest difference here is the size of the meal; rather than the usual torpedo loaf, the bread here is much longer and thinner. My sandwiches were each about a foot long. The bread was crusty, with a pleasing chew, and the configuration made for a sandwich that was both easy to eat and that has a nice bread-to-filling ratio.
So far as I could tell, both sandwiches were dressed the same save for the protein. A tasty pate was on the bottom of both sandwiches; I ordered extra, and will continue to do so from now on. Along with the proteins was a sweet, sesame-heavy mayo and the usual cilantro, jalapeno, pickled carrots, and cucumber. The mayo is tasty, though it slightly dominated the other flavors in what is a pretty complex sandwich to start with. I’ll have them go easy on it next time, if not forgo it completely.
As far as the two proteins went, the pork was my clear winner. It was incredibly tender and married with the pate really well. I love a good kalbi, and this tasted about as I expected. That said, it was a bit more chewy than I’m used to short rib being. In their defense, I did show up about ten minutes to close, so maybe I was getting the last servings of the night.
Will I be back? Without question. There are other sandwiches to sample, as well as a non-sandwich menu that looks intriguing. New favorite? I’m up in the air. Oh Mai is such an established habit for me at this point, and their variety, the extreme differences among the various sandwiches, and proximity may win the day. That said, when I’m on the west side, the N&C sandwiches are definitely in the mix. If I’m looking for a more traditional and inexpensive sandwich on Redwood, I’m headed to Hong Phat. If I want something modern, nicely updated and reconfigured, I’m heading here. Truly tasty food, and I am excited to explore the rest of the menu.