The Top Ten Dishes of 2009 #7: Banh mi dac biet at Phuc Loi

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Banh mi are delicious and shockingly cheap. At Phuc Loi $3.50 scores you the banh mi dac biet, which layers ham, headcheese and pâté on a crusty baguette with cucumber, pickled daikon, carrot and a bracing quantity of raw jalapeño. Phuc Loi then adds a masterstroke: one whole fried egg, the white adding yet another savory note to all that pork, while the yolk -- liquid, but not runny -- contributes a fatty richness that even the finest mayonnaise couldn't provide.

-- "Whole Hog," November 19, 2009

Phuc Loi

3723 Gravois Avenue
314-772-7742

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