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Bánh Mì Bliss

Celebrate Tet by savoring Little Saigon’s sandwiches one bakery at a time

Little Saigon contains hives of bánh mì shops on every block, cranking out Vietnamese-French-style sandwiches. And with Tet, the lunar New Year that begins Feb. 3, now’s the time for culinary adventure. Hot baguettes emerge from towering ovens with a blast of yeasty heat nearly every half hour. Most bakeries offer house-made yolk-rich mayo, garlicky pâté, and exceptional charcuterie. All sandwiches come garnished with a tangle of do chua: crunchy pickled daikon and carrot, along with cool lengths of cucumber, thinly sliced jalapeño, and cilantro. The average sandwich is $2.75, so try them all. Can’t decide? Order the dac biêt—that’s the special.

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