Please don’t call the authorities, but I think I may have just robbed a sandwich shop.
It was an accident, I swear. My intentions were good through the entire transaction, my demeanor nonthreatening, the cashier entirely unconcerned by my presence. It was all so mundane, so unremarkable that I might have forgotten the whole scene by tomorrow if not for that one sticky detail. All I wanted was a sandwich, an honest meal after a long day. Something easy and fast, unchallenging flavors to soothe the ache of comfort food cravings. Indeed, I got precisely that; a glorious banh mi, decked out in crisp pickled vegetables and beautifully burnished lemongrass tofu.
In five minutes flat, from the moment I burst through the door at Cam Huong, my order was ready, stuffed to bursting with bean curd still warm from the fryer. I raced home, cradling my treasure close to my chest, like a precious baby swaddled in deli paper. Only after I tore through the wrapping paper and took my first monstrous bite did I realize my potentially larcenous predicament. Checking my wallet, only three one-dollar bills were missing. That wouldn’t even be enough to cover the tip for most bay area meals. How could that possibly suffice for a full 8 inches of sub satisfaction? Even a prepackaged gas station peanut butter and jelly sandwich would command a 5-spot, at least.
I suppose this makes me a fugitive on the run now. I’m neither armed nor dangerous, but I do command a ferocious appetite, so if you ever need a partner in banh mi crime… I’d gladly become a repeat offender.
11 thoughts on “Banh Mi and Banh You, Too”
hehehe sounds like you won on many fronts. That sandwich looks packed to the brim and delicious!
this is adorable. also for sure i am trying this place out this weekend. Thanks!
Cute one Hannah! :)
That is a glorious looking Bahn Mi indeed! I’m honestly wiping the side of my mouth. Here in Houston, we are spoiled with a whole range of amazing Vietnamese sandwich shops. And I’m not vegan so I get mine with a fried egg…last meal worthy! Cheap, tasty, and goes so well with a Cafe Sua Da.
I love the way you wrote this! <33
I think they owe you that one!
Hahahaha,…your writing is very funny & cool. This special sandwich looks stunning & very inviting too.
It looks fabulous – if I lived anywhere near that sandwich shop, I’d not only try my hand at theft, I’d become a repeat offender!
Turning to a life of crime to satisfy your food cravings… from the looks of that sandwich, I’ll have to join you because, dang. :-)
love the way you wrote this