Friday, November 12, 2010

Banh Mi Che Cali

I did something daring today: I went in search of breakfast in the San Gabriel Valley without a game plan! I just chose an exit at random, drove around a bit and stopped in at the first place that looked somewhat promising, which was Banh Mi Che Cali. Of course, I did not get the two things they are famous for: cheap banh mi and buy one get one free boba. Instead, I chose to grab pre-made eats and ended up eating in my car on the side of the street like a madwoman.

banhcheli 4
I'm going to need some help here, but it was some sort of pork products and noodles. I was starving, so I wolfed it down.

banhcheli 1
Vegetarian spring roll. I could identify it, but I wasn't that pleased with them. Considering my breakfast total was $5.77, I wasn't that heartbroken about my very basic meal.

I have to say, I felt out of my element because of the language barrier and their counter setup (I wasn't sure if only certain things could be ordered in each area). The important thing is that I got my Vietnamese cravings taken care of for the time being. However, I'm going to have a Vietnamese speaking friend tag along next time around; I want the good stuff (and not my usual scenario of crossing my fingers, hoping for the best)!

Banh Mi Che Cali
7968 Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770


Anonymous said...

How were the pork products? They look good!

Gastronomer said...

Definitely get a banh mi the next time you stop in for a bite. The bbq'd pork is Vern's fave. I prefer the "dac biet." It's buy two get one free. Wee!

weezermonkey said...

I am cracking up that you didn't get a banh mi. Have you had one yet?!

bagnatic said...

you need a banh mi lady.

Marie said...

Tamarind and Thyme: They were quite good; I think the one of the left was a pork patty or "loaf" of some kind and the other seemed to be a charbroiled version! I hardly ever dislike pork dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. So good. :)

Gastronomer: You're right, I must get one (ahem, two) next time!

Weezermonkey: I choked! And yes, I've had banh mi twice (Lee's Sandwiches and Nom Nom Truck). Like 'em a lot, too, which makes my story sadder.

Bagnatic: I know, you are so right! Maybe I will take another trip to the SGV during Thanksgiving weekend.

K and S said...

that looks so good!

Marie said...

Kat: Thanks! Yes, the pork stuff was fab (and cheap)! :)