Joe DiStefano over at Slashfood rates the banh my served at 5 Ninth in West Village New York City as ‘perfect’ – no shit?
"The bánh mì itself was perfect. The crisp baguette shattered, a perfect foil to the roast pork and creamy sweet mayonnaise. The only downside of 5 Ninth’s sandwich was the price. At $12, it’s not cheap, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay to my end my search for a top-notch Vietnamese sandwich." Slashfood.
$12 is roughly 188,000 dong in old money. If you’re not good with conversion rates, trust me, we’re in big dong territory. While Joe’s picture (see above) looks well tasty, I’ll wager there’s better butties on the streets of this fair town. A Saigon side banh my is about 30 cents or 5,000 dong. Therefore…. 188,000/5,000 = 37.6…. 5 Ninth’s sarnie is almost 40 times more expensive than the Saigon equivalent. Hmmm… I’m just imagining forty Saigon banh my sitting there next to Joe’s one? It’s quite a powerful image.