Last weekend I was up earlier than usual and in the mood for Banh Mi. I see a lot of people who are walk-ins order food to-go at Cafe Dore, probably because of its rather intimidating atmosphere. A combination of cigarette smoke in a dark cavernous space packed with men playing boardgames, a background rumble of television, sea of conversation mumble with occasional holler of excitement (someone is winning). The Vietnamese testosterone level is quite high and could be a little much to want to dine in for some.
But I had decided to have my fried egg sandwich there along with a bowl of soup. Otherwise I could've eaten in my car I guess which I have done on occasion.
Banh Mi Cha Trung Chien. The particular masterpiece of simplicity that was my craving the morning, wrapped in virgin white sandwich paper, affixed with a simple rubber band (that I take with me around my wrist for use).
The yolks wonderfully runny and the ham nice and salty with a dash of that unmistakeable meaty Maggi flavoring. Some fresh herby cilantro and sliced cucumbers to offset, all of course nestled between a toasted light and airy Vietnamese baguette.
The Bo Vien beef meatball soup I've also had before. The broth's flavor I felt was a little artificial tasting but the coarse pepper and garlic notes comforting.
The meatballs were a lot more tender than most. These tend to be squeaky in texture almost sausage like with a few minced pieces of cartilage for added texture. I have friends who don't care for them but I find these quite enjoyable, also sometimes ordered with my bowl of Pho.
Was a good breakfast and I had my Iced Espresso drink to keep me going for the rest of the day, along with another bagged BBQ Pork Banh Mi for lunch later. :)
My early encounter of Cafe Dore's Banh Mi Trung from 2008 can be read here.
Cafe Dore, 4135 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105