Saigon’s $4 vegan lemongrass chicken banh mi Vietnamese sandwich.
This is a sandwich that makes those $2.50 falafels you get seem like a total rip-off.
Across from Wild Ginger in Manhattan on the border of Chinatown and Nolita, Saigon serves famous Vietnamese sandwiches called banh mi in four varieties for $3 to $4.50: lemongrass chicken, curry chicken, house special vegetarian, and plain veggies. (Make sure to say “no mayo” for the ones that come with mayo.)
Each large sandwich makes a full lunch or a light supper and is served warm and made with crusty french bread, delightfully pickled veggies, and a long spear of cool cucumber. The best option is the $4 lemongrass chicken (and say yes when they ask if you want it spicy; you will thank me) – made of grilled firm tofu marinated in a sweet and savory lemongrass sauce. Yum.
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