Mot Hai Ba Offers Take Out BYOB (Build Your Own Banh Mi)

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It was a gloomy day, so when a friend offered to deliver me lunch I jumped on the opportunity. "Bring me two banh mi sandwiches from Mot Hai Ba, and make sure one of them has pork pâté," I asked. I was curious how the restaurant would package the sandwiches, but I never thought it would be like this.

Each sandwich came carefully wrapped in brown paper. One sandwich was filled with grilled pork and the other with earthy pâte. Both were slathered with just enough mayonnaise. In the larger carryout bag, a smaller white paper bag was filled with fresh, green cilantro leaves. There was also a small, plastic carryout container packed with pickled cucumber and ribbons of daikon and carrot.

I have mixed feelings about the packaging. On the one hand, splitting things up keeps the bread from getting soggy. The sandwiches are built on light and flaky baguettes that shed shards of crust with every bite you take. They could quickly become soggy if they sit assembled too long.

The other thing I like about the packaging is it solves the number one problem plaguing banh mi sandwiches everywhere -- they never have enough pickles. With grilled meat and mayo, these sandwiches scream for acid. And the pickles tucked inside are what take a banh mi from being just another sandwich to one of the greatest in the world. There are clearly enough pickles in this package not just for a single banh mi, but to also make a second pickle sandwich. It's nice to be able to really heap them on.

The only harm in the packaging is the flavors don't get to meld as much, but it's hard to care when everything tastes this good. If you're a purist that prefers banh mi from shady storefronts in Richardson, you're going to roll your eyes at the price tag. Most of the suburban places charge about three bucks for a sandwich. At Mot Hai Bai you'll have to fork over $7 or more depending on your chosen filling. But you'll taste the difference.

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BanhMiLover
BanhMiLover

My favorite is also the Korean BBQ Banh Mi or Grilled Pork from Pho is for Lovers not to far down the road. Quoc Bao is also delish if you are willing drive to Garland

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

I've had a Bah Mi here, but I think my fav Banh Mi south of Forest is at Pho for Lovers...consistantly outstanding and $1 buck cheaper. The 11 soups on Mai's menu is outstanding...only 2 pho's but you get Bun & Hu's ...which is a little more authentic just throwing 20 different Pho's on a menu (which I just call lazy) Cane Rosso and Eno's both rock...my difference is, when I want Pizza and beer I choose Eno's, when I want Wine and Pizza, I choose Cane Rosso.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I live close to Mot Hai Ba but I don't mind the drive to Quoc Bao Bakery in Garland.

Buy 3 get 1 free is the same price as one here.

La Me is great too with a buy/get program too.

markzero
markzero

So how dry were they, once prepared? Oddly, I've never had a banh mi that was too wet or soggy, just being too dry inside, and to the point where now I usually order them with my pho instead of by themselves. 

joeat
joeat

For me to let @Twinwillow response go  unchallenged is not my normal reaction, but he is such a total fraud and phony that it is not worth making a response.  Get over your two-bit self.  If you even slightly had the stature and knowledge in the food community that you think you have, it would be something.  You don't, trust me.

David Gates
David Gates

$7 and they don't even put it together for you. You're joking, right?

Jessica Snow
Jessica Snow

Where is it? Tried googlemaps and I got a listing for super8 in Irving.....

Ed Ball
Ed Ball

Good spot, but I prefer the Pickled Carrot food truck. Great food, and a sexual innuendo.

jonfromtjs
jonfromtjs

had lunch there this week, this place is legit.  Great bowl of pho and the cocktail list looked really fun.  

joeat
joeat

Could not agree more, Cane Rosso is a religious experience, none of their loyal followers could ever disagree or criticize, sort of like the loyalty at Dallas Country Club. Really pretty bad, no one would dare to say.  Agreed, Eno's is SO much better. 

joeat
joeat

Del Frisco's Dallas is about 1 miles north of Downtown Dallas!

joeat
joeat

Would it be more appropriate for you to explain some of these terms or do you just prefer to think we all know what all of this means?  I love Vietnamese food/flavors but do not know all the words.  What a totally lousy degree of reporting to think we ALL just naturally do. 

joeat
joeat

Eno's for sure.  Have eaten Pizza all over the world and Eno's sings.  I am sorry, I just DO NOT get this Cane Rosso attraction.  Have been twice and very nothing both times.  Maybe I ordered wrong. 

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@markzero that's why I was mixed on it. I don't think they'd get soggy anyway. I actually like when it happens just a touch. There's nothing better than a hoagie that's had a little time in your fridge.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@Joe255 Whatever! There always has to be at least one negative commenter in every group. And I guess you're it for this one.

I've looked at your profile and noticed there aren't any comments you've ever made that weren't negative of some sort. So, just go jerk yourself off somewhere else.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

@Joe255 with your help we can cure comment deficit disorder.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@Joe255  Eno's pizza is very good in its own way. I enjoy it when I'm there. However, Cane Rosso's pizza is a true Neapolitan style pie and a completely different style of pizza. For me, there is none better!

If you ever had pizza in italy, especially Naples, you understand the difference.

If you go to Cane Rosso again, And I hope you will, try the Regina Margherita pizza with hot sopressata or speck.

Keep an open mind and enlighten yourself. 


joeat
joeat

@Twinwillow @Joe255  

Just more perfect proof of your ass holeness.   You are truly a jerk and a joke.  Our paths will cross again and you will still be a fraud and a phony which even you fully realizes you are. 

jjerrier
jjerrier

@Twinwillow @Joe255 Wait...how did we get dragged into a discussion about delicious sandwiches??  I'm glad that lots of people like us - but know lots of people don't.  Neapolitan pizza is a huge turn off for lots of people.  Eno's is great too.  As they said at the end of "Trading Places"...can't we have both??

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@Joe255 @Twinwillow Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. Bullshit, bullshit bullshit! I'm quite entertained by your ignorant 6th grade comments.

So rant away asshole! I love it! That's all you've got. Nothing but empty diatribes!

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