Filed under: Local Food Commentary, Vegetarian Dining | Tags: Banh Mi, Bathory, FACEBOOK, Gateway Market, George Formaro, Vegan
So last week I got some insider info as to a new development at Gateway Market (I am really, really sorry about beating this horse called G.M. into the ground). It seems that they (aka THE George Formaro) had been working on a Vegan Banh Mi, which of course peaked my interest being both a advocate for the Vegetarian Tribe of the DSM and a Banh Mi Fiend. Of course as soon as the information broke within the 18 inches of personal space surrounding my much larger actual mass I went straight to the internet. Here’s how that went down:
Sam Auen Just heard Gateway Market is doing a Vegan Banh Mi. Way to go, where was this kind of support when I was there? Also, if you want a tried and true Vegan Banh Mi contact me, I will start making them for consumption.
Way to jump on the Banh Mi bandwagon! You too DD!
That was the Buzz on my FB page back on the 3rd of June. Thought I would throw the usual internet fit, and was a little surprised that it was answered by George himself, and a few others. You get the Idea? We would have a meeting at G-way M-ket on Monday, George would personally make me a sandwich. Good Deal for sure. I would really like to thank Chef Formaro for taking time out of his busy day (this guy defines the term busy) to show no only me what he is working on, but also to simultaneously give a speech to a group of Central Campus students who were touring the facilities.
Ok, this is getting a little too sentimental. Time for my editor to get back and keep me on track. (Bathory update: He is currently on leave and working the Southeast Asia Karaoke Circuit. He is doing quite well, I hear, and stunning people with his raging Mandarin-Chinese rendition of “Take Me To The River”)
ON TO THE SANDWICH!!!!
The Sandwich was well thought out, Fried Tofu with Vegenaise, cucumber strips, Carrot, Cilantro, and a Vegan approximation of the classic Vietnamese fish sauce (still under development according to George), all served on a toasted South Union Ciabatta. The flavor and textures were all there, minus the “fishiness” of the fish sauce. I am normally a fan of the South Union Ciabatta rolls and although it does “work” for the sandwich, it just isn’t quite the same as a soft/crusty baguette roll. It was a pretty solid sandwich. I would recommend a few changes, but just little tweaks. If and when Gateway decides to “drop” this baby it would serve all of you vegans and vegetarians who have been following the Banh Mi nonsense here to get your own piece of the Banh Mi action. If you have never had one, or will never have one due to your Cuisinal Convictions then try this sandwich. It will give you a very good idea of what you are/aren’t missing. I would like to clarify that THIS SANDWICH IS NOT ON THE MENU. DO NOT GO THERE NOW AND ORDER ONE. THIS WAS A SNEAKY PEAKY AND NOT A MENU REVIEW. I, OR SOMEONE ELSE, WILL INFORM YOU ON WHEN YOU CAN GET YOUR VEGAN BANH MI.
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