Time for a little lunch at Lee’s Bakery. We hadn’t tried their spring rolls yet, so got an order of them. Tofu, noodles and fresh basil wrapped in rice paper with a peanut dipping sauce. They could’ve used a little more fresh herb inside the rolls but I forgot about that once I shoved it into the bowl of sauce.
Their soup is good, but I was really craving a banh mi, and needed a whole one, not half. We didn’t bring vegan mayo with us this time, so it was lacking that, but it really didn’t make a huge difference. Still tasty.
You know what else is awesome about those tempeh wings I posted about earlier? Leftovers make a great sammich. I heated them up on the George Foreman, slathered the bun in Veganaise and made a garlicky kale salad for the side, using red kale this time.
Our friends Taylor and Beth have been getting non-vegan banh mi at Lee’s Bakery for a while. They started asking about a vegan version and they said they could do that. Apparently, the menu changed about a week later.
Let’s look at that a little closer.
Yes, that says “vegan soup.” So you can get the tofu banh mi, just ask that mayo be left off, and a pho-like soup or a half sandwich and soup combo. We whipped together earth balance and veganaise and brought it with us for the sandwiches. I like the soup broth better than the Pho 96 one. It isn’t flavored with 5-spice powder. But it doesn’t have all the fake meats Pho 96 uses. Which is okay with me.
Our first visit, I did the half sandwich and soup combo. A half sandwich is about 6″ long.
And they have two sizes of the soup. This smaller one comes with the combo. Smaller, not small. Full of veggies, rice noodles, tofu, yuba, and sprinkled with green onions and fried onion. You also get a plate of sprouts and cilantro to add.
The combo is $6.95, a whole tofu banh mi sandwich is $3. I sure wish this was closer in town.
One day at work I found myself lunchless, so I ran over to Return to Eden to pick up something. They used to have these awesome fake turkey salad sandwiches that disappeared a while ago. I keep hoping they’ll come back. Instead, I found this:
Oh, hi there. Dare I risk mushy bread? Of course I had to get it. For science! It wasn’t too bad. Yes, there was a little bread mush. The tofu itself was kind of bland. And I was completely without sriracha, which is a necessity here. But it was a reasonable attempt.
Now, Sevananda has started putting out vegan bahn mi with their pre-made sandwiches and wraps. But like the parfaits, they aren’t always there. I haven’t had one yet, but will try one and make a blog about it, at some point.
Our last day in Seattle, I was on a mission to put some vegan bahn mi in my mouth. It worked out just right to swing by the downtown Cafe Pho and get some sammiches. They don’t have a vegan version of the mayonnaise sauce so we just left that off. Still delicious. Maybe I should use some of my time off next week to make some at home.