I grew up in Thailand and people often ask me where to get good Thai/Southeast Asian food around here (like how I set myself up as an expert there?) My answer is always that I haven’t found it. After today, I will have a new answer!
We headed to Boston’s Downtown Crossing & Chinatown for some school shopping and general good times. After hitting H&M (cool kids clothes for a fairly reasonable price) we headed to Chinatown for some yummy vegetarian mock meats at Buddha’s Delight.
After carrying my younger one and his stroller up to the second floor we were greeted by a sign that read, “Closed for renovation.” Now it was time for a little redo, no doubt about it, but we were bummed and at the breaking point. We stumbled into a Vietnamese Sandwich shop down the road and it was one of those lemons into lemonade situations, or fake gluten “meat” into some lick smackin’ cow or something like that (Sorry Geeta and Ted).
I present to you the BBQ Beef Sandwich:
Found here, at the 163 Vietnamese Sandwich and Bubble Tea Shop. I had an unpleasant experience while pregnant involving bubble tea so I did not partake but that sandwich was a little bit of edible perfection. It was filled with “BBQ” beef but if you have never had Vietnamese BBQ don’t conjure up memories of southern BBQ, whole different beast. It’s light and amazing. Also stuffed in this little imperialism byproduct was fresh cucumber slices, shredded carrots, shallots, tiny bit of white onion and cilantro. You either love cilantro or you don’t. I’ve heard people call it “soapy” but luckily I am not one of the haters. Yum. And also, it is served in a little wax paper sleeve. I am a sucker for wax paper.
If you are within 2 hours of Boston I highly recommend a trip to 163 Vietnamese Sandwiches & Bubble Tea at 66 Harrison Ave, Boston MA.
And did you see those prices?
For the record, no free sandwiches were obtained in trade for this glowing review. I am, however, open to free sandwiches in the future if the proprietors happen to stumble upon my site.
Edit: Here is the Wiki page for Bubble Tea for those not initiated.