Exploded Axon

banhmi

For several reasons, I have to draw attention to this article from the New York Times about banh mi sandwiches. What I love about this article (and about Vietnamese food in general) is that it points to the myriad influences and histories that shape Vietnamese cuisine–even just a list of the ingredients in a typical banh mi invoke a compendium of twentieth century ideas and theories: including colonialism and globalization, socialism and capitalism, geography and environment, landscape and politics. All this in a layered medium of petit-French-baguette, roast pork, Vietnamese sausage, pickled daikon and carrot, pâté, cucumber and cilantro.

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