Sandwich Hunt- Phorage's Banh Mi

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Great news. We got married and nothing has changed- we are still food obsessed and currently, our love of sandwiches is the talk of our home. Just last week Yahoo released their rundown of the 25 best sandwiches in the country and not a few hours had passed before friends and family were sending us the link. Not much to our surprise (LA has some killer sandwich options) at least one option was local, but realizing it was walkable put it at the top of our "to eat" list. 

In Roy Choi's old Chego spot sits Phorage- a Vietnamese restaurant serving locally-sourced, sustainable, modern Viet cuisine. On this cold LA day, pho seemed to be everyone's most popular choice, but not ours. We came with a purpose: to see if Yahoo's #4 sandwich was everything they claimed it to be. In a city overflowing of Banh Mi, we went in with anticipation and no expectations. While placing the order, we were hit with a curveball: "Would you like to add a fried egg? Nobody tells you this, but it's always better with the egg." 

:::: moments of silence ensued :::: 

Would the egg detract from freshness of the bread? Would the yolk overpower the meaty texture of the pork? Would the lemongrass get lost in the wake of yet another added ingredient to what's supposed to be a simple sandwich? 

Sometimes, you've just gotta live on the edge, "WITH the egg, please". 

Notice how the yolk is delicately soaked up by the fresh baguette. Cilantro-check! Cucumber-check! Carrots-check!

Notice how the yolk is delicately soaked up by the fresh baguette. Cilantro-check! Cucumber-check! Carrots-check!

Zero regrets were had. The egg, crispy-fried with the yolk mimicking that of a 6-minute egg did not detract from the freshness of the bread or overpower the texture of the pork. In fact, it created a balance to the pork's slight sweetness and the spicy, fresh jalapeƱo. Also, we love mayo. There is mayo on this Banh Mi. Nothing more was wanted. 

Yahoo, you are far from full of it on this one.