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The World’s Greatest Sandwich

Posted date:  December 18, 2005

This post is a direct response to this thread at the Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree forum. In it I make the argument that the world’s greatest sandwich is not available in some New York deli, Po Boy shack in Louisiana, or some panini joint in Rome, but rather in the metropolis of Vientiane, Laos. At this Vietnamese restaurant just north of nam phu, the fountain, one can purchase the wonder seen above. Known as khao jii, the sandwich takes a crispy, freshly grilled French-style baguette, and stuffs it fill of homemade liver pate, barbequed pork, muu yor (a Vietnamese-style pork sausage), cucumber, cilantro, pickled radish and carrots, and for the willing, chili paste. Consumed with a frostly Beer Lao (the best beer in SE Asia) there is no more profound level of sandwichness. I just wish there was a way to prove this scientifically…

3 Comments for The World’s Greatest Sandwich

Hi Austin

I just discovered your blog.

I knew of Banh mi but not the sandwich you show. I’m a culinary intructor.


These really are great. THe place to go for them in Chicago is Ba Le.

But the bread is better in Laos, so yes they are better in Laos…but some places are better than others.

best banh mi we’ve found is also in Laos: Xuan Mai restaurant in Pakse, near the Pakse Hotel. Much bigger than other versions I’ve had, this one comes with an egg and coupled with Vietnamese coffee, provides a hearty, tasty start to the day.

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