I’ve made a few trips to Lee’s Bakery in the past month or so – I guess it’s time to mention it. Lee’s Bakery is in fact a bakery, and from what I can tell, they supply báhn mì (the baguette itself – the sandwich shares the same name) to many of the shops and markets along Buford Highway.
I tend to go here when I need to grab lunch for a few people at a working meeting – buy 5 báhn mì (sandwiches, not baguettes) for $2.50 each and you get one free.
I’ve eaten quite a few báhn mì at Lee’s (the sandwiches, which naturally implies the baguettes as well…), I have always found them to be good. Most recently I stopped in for lunch at had bánh mì thịt nướng (grilled pork) and bánh mì gà (grilled chicken). While still good and quite the deal, after trying Quốc Hương a few weeks ago, Lee’s is losing it’s luster. The ingredients seemed skimpy, especially the vegetables, and the chicken was a bit to high on cartilage content for my tastes.
Not wanting to be completely fickle – always chasing the newest place – I decided to give the rest of the menu a test and see how it panned out. This stood to be a harder test: Com Tam Thit Nuong Bi Cha Hot Ga (I’m pretty sure I’ve got this right. Broken rice with grilled pork, egg cake, shredded pork, and sunny-side-up egg) . A pretty dish, as always, and one of my favorites – if it’s not FLAVOURLESS. A hard task to pull off, but somehow, Lee’s managed to present a colorful, complexly textured dish with a complete absence of flavour. Sad to say, but stick with the bánh mì at Lee’s.