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On the Cheap: New Saigon Sandwich

Sure, it's easy to walk right past New Saigon Sandwich — its unassuming storefront is nestled between some of Chinatown's flashier Dim Sum staples. But once you've tried their delicious, authentic, and obscenely affordable Vietnamese lunch specials, it'
Vietnamese worth battling standing-room crowds for
By PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  April 27, 2012

Review: Pho Hoa

Dorchester's Pho Hoa offers quite a lot on the menu besides the eponymous soup, and no one should miss the roasted quail appetizer
Another worthy take on Vietnamese beef and noodle soup
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 09, 2012

Review: Apsara Palace

It's more than being loved by our mommy and being safe from barbarians from the North that we take for granted, isn't it? I found myself again and again going to Apsara Palace for lunch when I was in town, kind of a gastronomic migratory impulse, befor
For cheapskate food fans
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2010

Sub City

I recently spoke to a local former chef who said he covets my gig as a restaurant critic. I privately wondered if this aspiring food writer would be so enamored if he knew the job can be a money-losing proposition.
Another worthy addition to Boston's bánh mì pantheon
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 01, 2010

Giggling through life

When you chomp into Suu Le Martin's crispy, hot, handheld treats, you understand she took sheer human love, wrapped it in courage, and glued it all together with a scramble of prayers.
And making spring rolls with love
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 27, 2010

Saigon Restaurant

I've long praised East Boston for its trove of terrific budget restaurants, especially the Latin-American ones.
Proof that Eastie's fine budget restaurants aren't limited to the Western Hemisphere
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 13, 2010


Lee’s Store and Bakery

I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010

A painting, a letter, upside-down peppers

"While I wait, I beat the peanuts," says Hop Nguyen, a custom clothes designer in her home kitchen in Yarmouth, Maine. She's teaching me how to make green papaya salad from Bac Ninh province in northern Vietnam. She's waiting for the spaghetti-like strip
It all goes into making Vietnamese papaya salad
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  February 12, 2010

King Do Baguette and Pastry

One measure of how far Americans have come in their globetrotting culinary breadth is the number of ordinary folks I know who've tried a bánh mì, the great Vietnamese street-food sandwich.
An awesome roll makes for an extraordinary bánh mì
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 15, 2009