Food Trucks at Let’s Talk About Food

It all started with a warm, crusty, toasted baguette.

I love French bread – especially with sweet, creamy butter – but lately, every time I see a baguette I start craving Vietnamese food.

I keep thinking of the banh mi sandwich – equally French and Vietnamese. A fresh baguette filled with pork and pate and pickled veggies. Slathered with a creamy aioli. And, in my heat-loving world, best served with a drizzle of sriracha.

So when my friends attended the Let’s Talk About Food Festival at the Museum of Science, we headed straight to the food truck “food court”. And I headed straight to the Bon Me truck for a banh mi.

hello, pork banh mi, nice to meet you

We were able to try other goodies too. There were nine food trucks in the event, and all of them look enticing. So we did what we had to do: we split up and decided to just get double orders from several trucks, and share them with each other.

the thumb, me, Susan, Todd, Mike, and Melissa

the Go Fish truck seemed enticing but no one wanted to line up and linger in the fried fish air...

Melissa and Mike lined up at the BBQ truck

we had some tacos and coleslaw but I ignored those in favor of this cup of garlic kale

Susan lined up at the Grilled Cheese Truck

Nutella Banana Fluff sandwich. Nuff said.

Todd and I lined up at the Dining Car truck...

...and ordered these addicting plates of crispy cauliflower

and for the pièce de résistance, we lined up at Bon Me truck for a couple opf banh mi sandwiches

we looked on as the Bon Me staff quickly prepared the orders

so close yet so far, like a mirage in the middle of a food truck desert

now drizzled with sriracha

The banh mi sandwich was spectacular. Soft pork barbecue, homemade spicy mayo and pate, pickled carrots, daikon, cucumbers, cilantro and red onion. The textures and flavors were like a a spicy cool Asian party in my mouth. Without a doubt, the banh mi was the best part of our food truck adventure. And note that it’s a banh mi, not a bang me – although White On Rice‘s version is indeed very exciting.

Have you ever had a banh mi?


11 Responses to “Food Trucks at Let’s Talk About Food”

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted July 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I literally woke up this morning, and one of my first thoughts was that I want to go to Bon Me for lunch since it is so nice, and I am granting myself a 1:00 “closing” :) Looks SO good! I love seeing the food trucks on the Greenway now.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted July 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I am seeing all these delicious Bon Me sandwiches all over the web and have yet to try them. Know of anywhere in Cambridge to get one?

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    Dana posted July 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

    This sounds like such a fun event! Although I’m fairly certain I would just camp out in front of the grilled cheese truck all day. Yum!

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted July 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Food trucks! I started at MIT in 98 and we had food trucks there before all the cool kids were doing it. There is a falafel truck that parks on Mass Ave just north of Memorial Drive that is AMAZING. When I was a freshman, I could get a huge falafel sandwich packed with veggies for $2! It’s $3.50 now, but still a deal and still delish.

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    Sues posted July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Oooh everything looks awesome! The Go Fish truck is so pretty, but yeah, a little odd to sell fish out of a truck on a hot day :) I need that grilled cheese truck in front of my apt.

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    Alaina posted July 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I saw the advertisment for this on the T! I really wanted to go but ended up having to work. Looks like a lot of fun!

    I think anything with pork is delicious. :-)

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    Michelle posted July 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Love, love, love bahn mi! I’ve got to try Bon Me soon!

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    MelissaNibbles posted July 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Fun event! Grilled cheese is the bomb! Yes, the bomb. It’s 1998 isn’t it?

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    Megan posted July 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I had a bahn mi once… I need to try more of them! That was a great truck strategy. I am all about sampling a little of everything.

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    miriam posted July 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

    After having the most ah-mazing bahn mi at Novare Res in Portland, ME, I’ve become a bahn mi snob :) They’re addicting too. I guess this version was close to authentic; the ‘Res used pate, homemade mayo, ham, daikon, carrot, cilantro and cucumber on REALLY crusty bread. Unbelievable. The tofu bahn mi at Pho Viet in Super 88 are tasty and cheap for lunch – I went through a phase of one every other day – but I now MUST try Bon Me after your review.

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    Alicia posted July 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I LOVE bahn mi! I made one about a year ago? I need to make it again because it was GOOD!

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