JoJu in Elmhurst: The Elastic Vietnamese Banh Mi
The sandwich itself is the product of fusion, combining in equal amounts French and Vietnamese influences. The baguette is originally French, for example, and so is the pate (with Southeast Asian twists), while the shredded pickled vegetables, chiles, and cilantro are contributions of Viet cuisine.
Well, the sandwich is undergoing further fusion at JoJu, a new banh mi parlor just south of the LIRR on Elmhurst's Broadway. Seating is sunny and comfortable, and service is fast. And perhaps the best part is that sandwiches -- more than a full meal -- are priced around $5.
You can get a beef bulgogi (Korean) banh mi, or a pork belly (Japanese) banh mi, via the Taiwanese proprietors, ever sensitive to the ethnic mix of customers in the neighborhood, and their culinary desires. For vegetarians, you can get a sandwich stuffed with mock ham. More traditional fillings are also available.
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