This is the second greatest food to come from French occupation in Vietnam (first being pho). Banh mi sandwiches, if you’ve never had one, are one of the most delicious things on the planet. The word “banh mi” literally translates to bread in Vitenamese, but what we are referring to in this post is the versitale sandwich. A traditional banh mi has 8 components: the bread, mayonnaise, pate, pickled radish/carrot, cilantro, cucumber, hot pepper, and the main meat. The ingredients may vary, but this is the base breakdown. Even vegan variations follow this system (with substitutions of course). Mr. Tea and I visit the catina on a regular basis for two reasons: 1- they’re cheap! (at $3.75 per sandwich), 2- they’re delicious! If you’re in the Richmond area I would highly recommend visiting the Banh Mi Catina for lunch. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, Phoneix Garden offers a wide variety of faux banh mi sandwiches. There are a few other places in the Richmond area we have yet to visit, so this page will be updated soon!
I got a Banh Mi Dac Biet sandwich and it was pretty good but I wish I had gone with the shredded and roasted pork one rather then this.