Previously on gezellig-girl.com: the roast pork I would marry if I could, fried fish balls, and a mystery sweet that may possibly be mochi.
Restaurant 7: A Chau Deli, 82A Mulberry St.
Thanks to Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches, my husband and I were already fans of bÃ¡nh mi. So, I pulled this out of the wrapper, took a big bite… and almost swooned. Maybe it was just because I’d been eating fried fish balls and roast pork all day, but this sandwich was so fresh and crisp, I couldn’t stop eating it. “Dude! Take another picture before you eat the whole thing!” my husband warned.
Let me just dissect this sandwich from the outside in for you. The baguette had a crisp yet chewy crust without being too tough. The patÃª, something I usually find too squishy for my taste, acted as more as condiment than a meat, which was great for this sandwich because it allowed the real star of the show to shine: the vegetables.
My god, the vegetables!
Sweet, sour, salty, and yet really crunchy and fresh all at the same time. It was amazing. Even though I was rapidly approching full, I could not stop eating it — my husband had to wrest it from my hands just to get a bite. Here I am, being asked how the sandwich is (photo taken by my kid, hence the weird angle):
I swear, if I had eaten nothing but the tripe and this sandwich that day, I still would have come out ahead — that’s how good it was.
Restaurant 8: Lung Moon Bakery, 83 Mulberry St.
I have to admit, after hogging the whole bÃ¡nh mi, I was full. Not just a regular full, either — I’m talkin’ a full-on Mr. Creosote-style full — so I only managed a wafer-thin bite of this… cake ball, being held so triumphantly aloft by my kid there. I expected it to have a light cake-like consistency, but it was actually much denser, like a fudgy brownie or a carrot cake. Actually, now that I think of it, it was a lot like a carrot cake; spicy and studded with nuts and (I think) raisins.
At this point, we all really needed to walk off some of that food, so we left Chinatown for a couple hours and did some shopping.
So, the kid and I are both sick today. I’ve still got four foods left to cover, but I’m gonna wrap this up when my head feels less a-splodey.