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Banh-Mi Boy Serves Vietnamese Cuisine in Newark, Delaware


Behold the bánh-mì, a sort of Vietnamese hoagie that’s winning converts in Newark via the new Banh-Mi Boy on Main Street. Start with a fresh baguette. Stack it with meat. Add pickled carrots or daikon, slices or spears of cucumber, chilis or jalapeños, and sprigs of fresh cilantro for brightness. The bánh-mì is common street food in Asia, where folks buy them like we buy from hot dog carts or pretzel wagons. It comes to Newark through Larry Chen, whose family owns Saigon restaurant in Newark Shopping Center. Banh-Mi Boy cheers with its bright orange walls, post-modern pendant lamps , and shelves full of Asian candies and novelties. You can try the original bánh-mì of steamed pork, minced pork with a sweet glaze and pâté, or range into new territory with Vietnamese meatballs or pho—just like pho soup on a roll. (525-6145, banhmiboy.com) —Mark Nardone

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