This stall outside the barfsome – and then barfsomemore – Lotteria at the corner of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Nguyen Dinh Chieu streets in District 1 is famous. Well, that’s what my taxi driver tells me. It ‘s a morning only deal and it serves Banh mi bi (pig skin/pork sarnies). Toan, my driver, isn’t sure why this particular pig skin outlet is the ‘famous’ one, but it most definitely is yumadelic, he assures me. It’s about as simple as a sarnie stall gets in Saigon – and we’ve tried a few… In the cabinet, on the left, we have chopped pork, on the right, shredded fried pig skin. And that is pretty much that.
Take one petite banh mi (yes – it’s smaller than your average banh mi) Add the usual fixings; crinkle cut shredded pickled carrot and raddish, a dash of red chilli flake suspension sauce, a scratch of pepper and you’re done. It comes wrapped in an old electricity bill, sealed with an elastic band and handed to you in a plastic bag. It costs a mighty 3,000VD. I’ve tried this twice now, once with chilli sauce, once without. I’m not massive on hot sauce, but for this specimen I’d advise you to go that way. Fire, pigskin, pickles and bread – it works way better than the straight version which I found too dry.
In the picture above – and in a first for the internets – you can clearly see the sandwich strata as it evolved from the bread base into pigskin, pork and pickled greens. This is a quality find, amazingly light and an excellent tip off. Definitely my new favourite "if I’m in the area and peckish at breakfast time" street score. Recommended. More pics.