Now that the book’s been out for a couple months and lots of people are talking about banh mi, I feel like it’s time for me to unleash something super fun – a photo contest. I’ve been waiting to entice you to join in celebrating banh mi by (1) taking a fun selfie with one or (2) snapping a beauty shot of your sandwich.
You can buy the sandwich or make it yourself. You can rope others in with a group shot. Together, with these photos, we can tell the story of banh mi as it is unfolding right now.
The goofy selfies here are from the past few days. To inspire you, I took some this weekend with my husband Rory. They were hilariously fun. We went to San Jose’s Little Saigon and ate four banh mi, then Rory wanted a giant bowl of pho.
Btw, I talked to a banh mi shop owner about selling to Vietnamese people who sometimes try to bargain down his prices. He said that they also complain about how he charges $5 for an 18-inch long sandwich that can feed two or three people. I should have taken a selfie with him to add to our conversation on banh mi prices. Next time. I’m telling you this to seed some selfie ideas...
Then on Monday morning, I made the coconut curry tofu from the handbook and made banh mi for us for lunch. Again, I took some photos that I worked into the banner image for the contest. My banh mi selfies are not overly serious. I imagine you can do better.
For example, here's a banh mi beauty that I reposted on Instagram by @misobarb. She could enter this in the contest: