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July 09, 2010


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Awesome. top marks for full effort - the pickles look great (as does the banh mi).

Full Beard

You should call in at Panda Panda next time you're Deptford way.

I'm not an experienced Banh Mi eater, but what I've had there has left me hankering for another visit ever since.


Wow - baking your own Vietnamese baguettes too? That's hardcore! I love the pickles - might have to make myself a jar to last me through the week.


I'll definitely try your caramel pork recipe. I too thought that the banh mi would explode. I remember a year ago everyone was saying you can't get one in London, now they pop up everywhere. Cafe Bay seemed to be one of the first places to start doing them. They are not even particularly good banh mi, but in the wasteland near King's hospital (where I used to work) they were an absolute life saver.


You are fantastic with your attempts - if I ever dare to make banh mi - I will try it with the strong flour. Its really interesting how the rice flour one of yours didn't turn out. It could be the weather and also I am not sure how they bake it - they don't have ovens really!

My mother always pulls the bit in the middle out of the banh mi - she says its always better to have more filling instead of bread too. (nice that you picked that up)

My cousin has found a new love for mayo and puts it in everything now! The best banh mi I've had is at the railway station in Ho Chi Minh - the pickles makes the most difference and a good marinade with the pork. But adding 'cha' the traditional Vietnamese ham also adds another interesting note to the filling.

I want to ask my cousin to find out how they make banh mi next door to where she lives - her neighbours make the most money on the street just by selling banh mi with offal! - I heard you like a bit of that! Will report back.

Joshua Armstrong

Lizzie - the pickles are so easy, although heard they don't really keep so may want to reduce recipe size

Full Beard - next time in Deptford will be my first time. Heard Panda Panda is good though.

Su-Lin - it's been good fun trying, although just can't get that rice flour to work

Helen - their rise has been astronomical, they're well worthy of it though. A poor banh mi should still be a pretty good sandwich

Leluu - I'd heard about that middle removal (although maybe from you). I'm wondering if that would work with my rice flour attempts as the outside did have a lovely thin crunch. If anyone could tell me how to bake one properly I'd been eternally in their debt (well owe them one anyway).

I'm really keen to get some pate in them and wouldn't say no to the Vietnamese ham. I see a trip to Mare St coming on.


When you are next in Mare St, let me know, I am intrigued to know what you know about what to buy : ) Oh! and come round for dinner !

Joshua Armstrong

Will do, would love to hit the supermarket with you. I'd hazard a guess that I don't know too much about what to buy, well maybe more than your average punter but nothing like a local, always keen to learn though and you can tell me the name of all the herbs.


I remember reading about Banh Mi last year... it might have been an Anthony Bourdain thing. This recipe looks great, kudos for baking your own bread. Do you know of any where north of London... ie Scotland where I could hunt this down? I should just make it myself, I know.

Look forward to updates on the baking front.

Joshua Armstrong

I think they're very popular in the States, although Bourdain was likely travelling to source.

I've heard somewhere in Manchester sells them. Outside of that my knowledge kinda ends with London.


The bread is one of things I remember most about Vietnam. Every time we moved from one place to the next we had to get up super early to get the bus and the only things we could buy for breakfast were banh mi and bananas. Vietnam and banana sandwiches will live in my memory for ever.

This looks delish - I'm very impressed with your efforts.

Joshua Armstrong

Cheers, the secret of it looking delish is lots of natural light, hence all three photos being taken on the windowsill. In fact the banh mi is kind of being held outside the flat to get it nicely lit (the pain of afternoon blogging when every window in your flat points east).

The bread was one thing I was really looking forward to after I saw the Fat Bikers eating noodle soup with baguette in their 'Nam episode. Not sure I ever got around to having that combo but did look for it.

I think I'd have had the banh mi and banana separately.

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