So I am curious right?
I never knew that there are so much story behind the humble Banh Mi from Ba Le. I was only interested to see for myself the new expensive oven that Ba Le installed recently but in the process, I learn that a lot of people have so much to say/share about it.
This makes me WANT to someday go to Saigon and eat at the original Ba Le and see for myself how the real Banh Mi is really like. As much as Vancouverites love our very own Banh Mi from Ba Le, I have a feeling that the folks in Vietnam will laugh at our own version. See what I mean below … LOL!
Anyway, I thought this would be interesting for you all what I found on the internet. Most of the logos sport the similar Eiffel Tower image. Too bad, I could not find information or pictures of the original Ba Le in Vietnam. You can click on the pictures below which will bring you to the review of the Ba Le in that location.
Ladies and gentlemen, some of the Ba Le’s around the world … OK, not really around the world but more like around the USA. See below …
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There’s also another Ba Le in Surrey inside the food court of T&T Supermarket across from Guildford mall.
I see similarities in the use of the name “Ray’s” pizza in NY. Many unrelated slice joints are using that name.
I have some pics of some sandwich shops in Saigon…but on film! (pre-digital). I’ll see if I can dig the negs out to have them scanned.
That would be awesome fmed, if you could share the pictures.
I will see if there is a Ba Le around Seattle. Certainly we have a million places to get a Vietnamese sub!
Off topic, but: Are you going to write about your experience interviewing the guy from McD’s? Maybe I missed it.
Also, are the boys allowing you to tell what they thought of being in the Closing Ceremony? That would be interesting to hear. I can see they might not want to. It looked like fun.
Hi etranger: Oh yeah, I was going to write that interview with McD’s Chef Dan. Maybe over the weekend or something. As for the closing ceremony (did you see it on TV?), the boys were excited and proud being part of it. They are actually kind of sad also seeing all this coming to an end. So they created a Facebook page for the teens who worked on the performance. So in their room right now, they have proudly hung their “snowboard” prop up.
I did watch the closing ceremony. It was great! It looked like everyone had a good time, and it was fun to watch. I’m sure they’ll never forget the experience of being a part of the Olympics in their home town.
Regarding Chef Dan — was it interesting? Maybe it wasn’t, and therefore it isn’t inspiring you to write about it!
I can’t find a Ba Le in Seattle. The highest rated shop is the Saigon Deli in the International District — I’ll have to take my teenagers down to give it a try.
Hi etranger: The interview with Chef Dan was too interesting … too controversial that I am procrastinating because I am not sure of how to write it. The first question I posed to him was “Junk Food! Why?” … that pretty much set the tone of the interview and put him mostly on the defensive. Chef Dan was a nice down-to-earth kind of man. I’ll write about the interview tomorrow. Thanks for checking out for Ba Le Seattle.
My current favorite Nam-wich is a bit simpler than the usual “special”. Marinated pork sandwich at Pho Thai Hoa.
I just went to the ba le in montreal today… Will give you a picture later
Hi Ant: Would be great to add a picture of Ba Le Montreal to the collection of pictures.