They sell a version of this, but the skin is not crispy. It's just... skin. Maybe it's a mod job. Stop at Mark's Duck house and get some of their roast pig. Drive down the street to Eden Center, buy a sandwich, and then put the MDH pork inside.
Any chance of getting one of these in the DC area, or do I have to make my own?
Or just wait til my foreign service buddy gets settled in his next post in Vietnam?
I'm almost positive I've had a pork skin banh mi at the aforementioned Song Que (Eden Center).
If memory serves me right, it was an acquired taste I'd yet to acquire.
I just cross-tasted the Bahn Mi Bi at Nhu Lan
($3.00) and Song Que ($2.50).
The bread on both was standard-issue, industrial-quality baguette, with Nhu Lan's being a bit shorter and fatter (by weight, it was probably the same). Nhu Lan pulls out a bit of bread to spread on far too much "mayonnaise" - an oily, yellow spread that I don't want to know the details of. Song Que used far less spread, theirs having more of an orange tint. The "Bi
" itself is a little hash of tiny, shredded, steamed pork meat mixed in with shredded, steamed pork skin, the mild pork skin looking like vermicelli in long, thin strips, and having a texture not unlike tripe or jellyfish. Both sandwiches used shredded strips of turnip and carrot, Song Que's being marinated a bit more in a sugarized vinegar. Song Que opted for some jalapeno, and Nhu Lan went with some cilantro and a bit more sweet onion.
There were slight differences in house style, but the sandwiches were very, very similar. The "winner" in this little taste-off was Song Que, because the sandwich was fifty-cents cheaper, there was ever-so-slightly more pork, and most importantly (and the deciding factor): There was much less of the nasty spread. Interestingly, the cashier at Song Que cautioned me about the Bi, saying that it's an acquired taste, whereas the lady at Nhu Lan didn't even bat an eye - perhaps for every 100 dinexes it takes to get the diner-explorateur to a storefront at Eden Center, it takes 200 more to get them inside the mall?