Vietnamese bread-rolls from Phuoc Thanh Hot Bread and Cakes.
Apparently these delightful Vietnamese bread-roll are called “bánh mì”. These sandwiches are pretty much a meal-sized baguette (with the most deliciously-crunchy crust) buttered and patéd (yes, patéd), sandwiching a variety of meats, along with pickled onions, carrots, fresh cucumber and spring onions and coriander. Chilli optional.
Grilled-chicken bánh mì - grilled chicken-thigh pieces with a sweet-tasting marinade, complete with the usual salads sans chilli, and dressed with what seemed to be hoisin sauce.
Pork bánh mì - a variety of mixed hams were complimented by the usual salad, seasoned with salt and pepper and what could have been soy or fish sauce… nevertheless delicious.
What I like about Phuoc Thanh is that it looks extremely clean (preserved meats cut and lying around breeds paranoia for food-poisoning if not actual food-poisoning), the paté is a normal purply colour (as opposed to sometimes being funny bright pink-ish hue which is reminiscent of uncooked liver and salmonella), and the staff are cheerful, friendly, and patient to a lost non-Vietnamese customer (myself). The bread has that awesome crunchy crust but a soft fluffy centre, the meats and salads taste fresh and the entire delightful sandwich costs less than $4. Bargain!
Definitely my new favourite quick-lunch option.