After just finishing lunch in Toronto's Downtown district, my companion and I were walking down Queen St. on our way home when we walked by Banh Mi Boys. For the longest time, I have seen people post pictures on Facebook and endlessly rave about this restaurant that I had no clue even existed. Nor did I know where it was located, until now. I quickly found out that the Banh Mi boys Sandwich shop serves what I can only call Asian-American Fusion. It must have been fate. We had just one big problem; we had just eaten and were stuffed to the brim. But I couldn't let this chance pass away. When was I going to come back specifically for Banh Mi Boys? I decided to get a little taste of what everyone has been praising about.
|Pork belly Bao with pickled carrots, cilantro and cucumber|
The pickled carrots, along with the sliced cucumber and cilantro added a nice crisp and fresh taste to a bun that needed something to cut the pork. However, the best part of that bao had to be the bun itself; it was so soft, warm and fresh. The white bun, which was very fluffy and light, provided a nice base for the fatty pork belly. And nothing pairs better with pork belly than hoi sin sauce. The prices of Banh Mi Boys is very fair, especially for the steamed baos. Most items range from ~$4.00-7.00 and for any meal that is quite reasonable.
Although the pork belly bun I had was quite tasty, there are still too many things on the menu that I need to try in order to give this restaurant a legitimate review. I have heard one of their best dishes is the Kimchi fries, which is freshly cut potato or sweet potato fries topped with pulled pork, mayonassie, green onion and kimchi (fermented cabbage) selling for $5.99. I look forward to trying that on my next visit!