Truong Giang Vietnamese Sandwich & Coffee

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Address:

392 East Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC

Tel: (604) 258-4099

 

May 4, 2013 – Lunch

Written by: Second Stomach

 

Right on Hastings Street, just a little outside of Chinatown, is a little Vietnamese sandwich shop that is operated by a cute Vietnamese couple. The shop is really very small – with about 7 small tables, a small counter for those wishing to get a quick bite, and newspapers lying around.  The menu is limited and simple – Vietnamese sandwiches, a few noodle and rice dishes. Most people stop in here for Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi).

I decided to stop in to pick up some lunch for Snowman and I.

 

Here’s what I picked up:

Salad Rolls

Chicken Sandwich

Meatball Sandwich

 

Our lunch today – salad rolls are in the middle of the 2 sandwiches:

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Salad Rolls – $6

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- These salad rolls were freshly made and they were HUGE. They were probably at least 1+1/2 times the size of the salad rolls that you would typically see at Vietnamese restaurants.

- Each salad roll was relatively loosely wrapped – with 4 prawns each, lots of vermicelli, and lettuce, and a bit of basil.

- Unfortunately, taste-wise, this was quite bland. I think it needed a lot more basil and the sauce wasn’t quite right. I liked that the sauce was warm but it was quite runny and didn’t have much flavor. Usually there’s more peanut and chillies but we weren’t picking these flavors up.

Taste: 2/5

Presentation: 2.5/5

Value: 3/5

 

Vietnamese Subs (Banh Mi)

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Chicken Sandwich and Meatball Sandwich – $3 each

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- The chicken sandwich (at the top) was like having chicken salad. Both sandwiches had red onion, cilantro, carrot, pickled cucumber, and radish

- The bread was a bit dense and a little crispy on the outside

- Overall, the sandwiches were relatively small with not too much filling- I found them to be more of a snack.

 

Taste: 2/5

Presentation: 2.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

 

Lunch today came to about$12 including tax. It was very affordable.

I found overall, the food quality at Truong Giang Vietnamese Sandwich & Coffee to be a little below average compared to other Vietnamese cafes. However, the value is quite good here – sandwiches and rolls were made fresh to order quite quickly, and could be a good place to have a very quick bite to sit in or for take-out.

 

 

The good…

- Good value.

- Quick service

 

The bad…

- Food quality a bit below average

- Sandwiches are on the smaller side (but then again, sandwiches only cost $3 each)

- Small menu
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