A Wintertime Walk to Vietnam

January 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

On this second day of 2015, I could be photographing the fluffy layer of new snow frosting every tree branch I see through our living room window. Instead, a brief dog walk with Styxx uncovers a more unique treasure just around the corner. Le’s Sub opened a mere two days ago on the last day of last year and I am happy to spend a few dollars on a Banh Mi, the superior Vietnamese take on a submarine sandwich.

 

It’s a small storefront on busy Portage Avenue. Nothing fancy, just the promised allure of fragrant sandwiches and refreshing bubble tea advertised on a simple wood sign. Inside, everything is shiny stainless steel and glass. A few bar stools face a narrow side counter. However, I’m here for take out, anxious to rush back home with my lunch treat and to Styxx, who I had to leave behind (I’m looking forward to the day when dogs are welcome in restaurants).   

 

The owner, Trinh Le, prepares my “Le Special”, a crunchy bun filled with fresh cilantro, carrot and cucumber, pickled daikon and vegetables, jellied pork, ham and a spicy sauce. All for $3.99.

 

It is a lovely concoction to look at with its bright accents of carrot and cilantro, more flavorful to eat. Styxx looks on enviously but, I’m afraid good buddy, that this Banh Mi is spoken for. I will be back for the other five versions of Banh Mi offered, not to mention other temptations, including sticky rice and spring rolls.

 

Here’s the first sign of good discoveries to come in 2015. 

 

Le’s Sub can be found at 1328 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. Phone (204) 779-5678. Once summer comes, you can take your Banh Mi and bubble tea to the grassy slopes facing Omand’s Creek, just around the corner on Raglan Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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