If you know anything about me, you know I make a lot of banh mis. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a Vietnamese sandwich. In my biracial household, it’s become the most-requested sandwich I make, more popular than the PB&J and BLT. It’s a taste of comfort and home that’s hyper-specific in its evocation. It always makes me think of Ba Le bakery, my favorite Vietnamese deli nestled in Falls Church, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC a nominally famous white influencer once called “a place where old people and pets go to die”.

I always hated that…

Christine Nguyen

Chef, writer, aspiring activist and Olympic nap-taker.

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