Banh Mi, Bubble Tea, Mock Smoked Duck at Shing Wang
|Half a banh mi|
I sampled the banh mi, which is here called "Asian subs" -- along with a terrific mock smoked duck and red bean bubble tea. The sandwich comes on warm, crusty Vietnamese baguette, which owner Christine Kelly calls "the true essence" of the sandwich. A bit of butter and mayo are applied to the bread, which is then plied with cilantro and pickled cucumber, carrots, and daikon. Ham, pâté, and headcheese finish off the "classic"($5), but I tried the "special"($6), which adds pork roll to the mix. It's an extremely fresh rendition, light on the pâté but very flavorful. And there are 13 varieties, including cured pork patty; sardine; roasted eel; and lemongrass chicken. Five of these are soy-based, meaning vegetarian curry chicken, BBQ pork, and even a vegan ham banh mi.
Still, I was even more impressed with the smoked duck.
The duck, shown in photo, boasts a convincingly crisp skin and ducky texture -- you can clearly tell the difference between this and the real thing, but it's rather tasty, and very smoky, and lends a similar satisfaction to eating duck. It comes with a side of rice for $11.95, making it the priciest item, meat or mock, on the whole menu.
Other soy-based dishes include sweet & sour crispy chicken or fish, chicken drumsticks, chicken rolls, and BBQ pork.
|Red bean bubble tea|
I've tried Shing Wang on lots of occasions, and I leave happy every time.
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