Thursday, May 6, 2010

NomNom's Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi

Today is one of those quintessential picture perfect, sunny San Diego days that remind me why we spend so much money to live here. I want nothing more than to be outside, but I'm realizing that most of my day will be spent inside. Why, you ask? ...because I'm going on vacation (um, and I haven't started packing!)  Don't feel too sorry for me.

Lemongrass Banh Mi

Drowning in packing madness, I have no recipes for you this fine day. I have been spending the week trying with all restraint possible to resist that daily trip to the grocery store and basically finish up whatever is left in the fridge. Though this difficult task of mine has not ended up in any gourmet meals, I do have an amazing culinary experience to share with you. Even better, right?

Do you have food trucks in your city? Apparently this is the "new thing" in cities like Portland and San Fran though I haven't found it to be too prevalent here in SD (yet). Well, lucky us - the NomNom Truck based out of LA came for a little weekend visit. I randomly spotted them not once, but twice in one weekend - quite a feat for a banh mi truck that posts its ever changing location on its website, twitter and FB.

Lemongrass Banh Mi

The first time I spotted NomNom, I giggled with glee. But, I was basically wearing pajamas out in public. Usually my attire does not prevent me from consuming delicious food, but wouldn't ya know... Food Network had their cameras rolling. No matter how much I love good food, I was not going to be seen on Food Network in my PJs. I sulked away, imagining how good the food must be and cursing myself for leaving the house in my sweats from the early 2000s.

Luckily, I visited the Farmer's Market across from our house the next day, and there they were-- no cameras rolling! I treated myself to this amazingly delicious and tasty Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi sandwich. I'm embarassed to admit - I've never tried one of these traditional Vietnamese sammmies (usually filled with pork) but now I know, I have been truly missing out. Nom Nom's version is pure bliss: toasty baguette + cilantro + carrot and daikon radish + lemongrass chicken (I skipped the jalapenos). If you can locate this truck, try it. Pajamas or no pajamas -- its worth it.  Plus, the truck is uber cute.

Check it out:
Nom Nom Truck
Location in LA area varies by day!

I'll be out for a few weeks but keep eating good food in my absence!

21 comments:

Lazaro Cooks! said...

That looks great. Have a safe and blessed vacation. Cheers!

grace said...

boy, what i wouldn't give for some amazing food trucks in my area. how a great trip!

. said...

you are so lucky to have those types of trucks!!!
have a good & safe trip!

Kirbie said...

The sandwich looks delicious. You're so lucky to have caught the truck! I'm always so envious of LA peeps and their food trucks. I can't believe I missed this one!

BrittWilk said...

mmm... those look amazing. don't think i have a food truck like that one here. pitty. have so much fun on your vacation!

Ravenous Couple said...

congrats on the wedding!

Leslie said...

Have a fun Vaca!!!!

kat said...

We are starting to get some amazing food trucks in Minneapolis but no one doing Banh Mi yet...think I gotta talk to the Chef Shack girls...

Darius T. Williams said...

Hope vacation's a blast...the sandwich gets two thumbs up!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Oh my gosh that looks so good!

dining room tables said...

This looks amazing! I like the recipe! Something new for me. Thanks for sharing.

The Blonde Duck said...

The food trucks are starting to take off here...we have a gourmet taco and cupcake one!

Little Miss Contrary said...

I actually, accidentally found their truck when I was visiting my sister in LA. I tried one of their Banh Mi's and was not impressed. There are so several Vietnamese sandwich shops in San Diego, but I don't think there are many in LA. But I'm glad Nom Nom is spreading the Banh Mi love!

Aggie said...

Oh my gosh...I'm so jealous! I want a food truck in my area! I love that they change locations! How fun! and how funny that Food Network was there that day... :)

Enjoy your vacation!

Emily said...

Good luck with the move!

Food trucks seem to be the new trend, huh? I saw quite a few when I was in New York.

I've always wanted to try this sandwich. It looks incredible!

Liz said...

Looks like a tasty bahn mi :)

Natalie said...

i'm going to be in san diego at the end of the month---any recommendations? if this truck is there i'm definitely getting one of those sandwiches :)

Stella Blue said...

I live right outside of NYC, so of course there are food truck of plenty in our neck of the woods! However, I was shocked when we were at our favorite camping store the other night and they announced that the "Pizza Truck" had arrived for anyone interested!

christine said...

Hope Vacation was good. Awesome Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

Anja said...

It's great to hear that they made it down to San Diego....and I can't believe I missed it. :))

Gotta stroll over my beloved Farmer's Markets again it sounds like..

Great to find a food blog in San Diego..I'll be back..

Diane said...

I've seen the NomNom truck on The Great Food Truck Race, and I thought they did a fantastic job. I would love to try their Banh Mi sandwiches one day unfortunately I'm all the way on the other coast. Maybe they will make the trip to serve some of their east coast fans.