The craze for Vietnamese banh-mi sandwiches is spreading across the nation, but until now, there was only one place to get 'em made to order in the Burlington area. 99 Asian Market on North Winooski Street has been serving up pork roll and beef versions of the veggie-filled sandwiches for nearly a year now. Today, M-Saigon owner Tom Nguyen will throw his hat into the baguette ring with at least seven varieties of the dish.
Nguyen's brother and chef, Khoi, has been working hard to perfect his home-baked baguettes. He will fill them with the traditional paté, cucumbers, cilantro, vinegary carrot and daikon slaw and optional hot peppers. From there, diners have plenty of options. Those include chicken, beef, meatball, barbecue pork and a paté-free vegetarian sub. Nguyen says sandwiches will start at $3.25. Frequent eaters can keep a punch card, and when they've bought ten banh-mi, the next one will be free.