Because Vietnamese sandwiches are the best sandwiches.
The former green Vietnamese sandwich truck is arguably Bangkok's most popular name for banh mi. This Phrom Phong counter focuses on takeaway food but there are some tables and chairs upstairs for dining in, too. There's also a larger menu. Of course, you can still order their specialty sandwiches (B90) available in five varieties: crispy roast pork (our favorite), BBQ pork, Vietnamese grilled pork, lemongrass chicken and tofu.
Ellsie Boutique Mall, Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 096-886-0052. BTS Phrom Phong
Banh Mi Ngo
A 20-minute stroll from Udomsuk BTS station, this unassuming street stall whips up a pretty traditional take on the banh mi. Expect all the staple ingredients—pate, spreadable cheese, crunchy veggies—on a serviceable bun, all for the low, low price of B40 a pop.
Sukhumvit Soi 1101/1. www.fb.com/banhmingobkk
Banh Mi Crispy
This newcomer at Phra Khanong's W District keeps things simple. Aside from a few weekend specials (like pho), the menu is all about banh mi (B90-110). We love the crispy pork version, but the "special" made with four kinds of pork is also pretty special, just beware the all that chili. And yes, the bun is pretty darn crispy.
W District, Sukhumvit Rd., 081-172-4918. BTS Phra Khanong. www.fb.com/Banhmicrispyold
The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17, 098-253-9356. www.fb.com/eastboundbkk
These guys have been the stars of many a recent market (M.A.P., Sansiri's Winter Fest), and the good news is there's a permanent place on the way. Their fillings stray somewhat from the classics with the likes of ribeye steak, but it's all super-tasty. In the meantime, they are doing catering and you can also place orders.
COMING SOON: Habito Mall. Sukhumvit Soi 77, 086-066-7830. ow.ly/ZNsVC