I’m on the road around France for the next two weeks. I’ll be taking y’all up North to Lille, then all the way down the West coast following the sea. Of course there will be lots of eating and exploring along the way, and what better way to start off my trip than pick up a Banh Mi from Chinatown in Paris before setting sail. The shop is in front of the famous Tang Brothers Chinese grocery store, a good spot to catch hungry shoppers after their grocery missions. The line extends along the sidewalk with many a double parked car blocking the front access to the shop, so clearly this sandwich shop is more of a destination than a stopover. They’re also probably the cheapest and most delicious portable meal you can get your hands on in Paris. At 3 Euros, you can get a foot long baguette filled with Chinese style barbecue pork, shredded carrot, coriander, mayonnaise, and Vietnamese dressing. A very roadworthy sandwich indeed.
En route to our first destination Lille, we stop just outside of Paris in the town of Chantilly, where Chantilly cream was born, to eat our sandwiches in front of a wonderfully manicured garden that framed a giant Chantilly castle. There were flocks of mainland Chinese tourists getting their photo opportunity before being herded back into their double-decker tour buses for the next photo destination. We just sit on the grass, munch on our sandwiches, eyeing off the waffle cart that’s strategically parked next to the picnicking families… I just want some Chantillly cream!
A sandwich selfie and a creamy waffle later, we’re back on the road headed north.
Above / A Classic Banh Mi / Below / A Waffle with Chantilly Cream /
A Parisian Driving Kit /