100 Favorite Dishes: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to hotdish@citypages.com.

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Ariella Schreck

Consider the bánh mì as the ultimate French/Vietnamese mash-up, and one of the few positive things to come out of colonialism in Indochina. Take a few Francais staples--baguette, pork pate, mayonnaise--then season and garnish with the Vietnamese culinary mainstays of fish sauce, hot peppers, and cilantro. We've been eating Jasmine Deli's bánh mì for years, having become addicted to the way the crusty/soft bread cradles the meaty filling (our fave = mock-duck), which is interlaced with crunchy carrot ribbons, fresh cilantro springs, a rich gloss of mayo, and a few lip-buzzing jalapeno strips. Plus, the paper-wrapped sandwiches are perfectly portable and Jasmine is just a few pedals from Washburn Fair Oaks Park, by the MIA. Once the snow melts, it's a perfect spring date.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi
No. 99: Eclair at Butter
No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica
No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe
No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya
No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep
No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen
No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French
No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips
No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill
No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant
No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's
No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe
No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog
No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe
No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's
No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino
No. 83: Uni at Origami
No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots

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