Under $10: Huge Banh Mi Subs at Vinh Loi Tofu
Way over in Reseda, miles away from the joints I usually frequent and deep in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Vinh Loi Tofu is serving up some of the best sandwiches in town for well under 10 bucks. The modest vegan Vietnamese eatery is definitely off the beaten path, but redeems itself by offering several different banh mi subs stuffed with animal-free versions of chicken, beef, tuna, ham and curry meatballs…all of which are reasonably priced and insanely delicious.
Curry Meatball Chicken Sub. $6.50
Vinh Loi Tofu is one of those addictive restaurants that’s so good, I can’t even describe it. Owner Kevin Tran actually operates his own tofu factory in the back of the 100% vegan establishment, which supplies Vinh Loi with the incredible protein for so many of their savory soups, sandwiches, noodle dishes and salads. While everything that I have ordered at Vinh Loi has been to my liking, I would most strongly recommend the faux meat subs to all newcomers and/or meat-eaters. Each Vietnamese sandwich comes packed with cucumbers, radishes, green chili and cilantro with your choice of creepily realistic (but tasty) soy “animal” meat. All that mess sandwiched in a crispy but chewy french bread roll, and you have yourself a winner. The curry meatball chicken sub is the most expensive, but it happens to be my favorite. Alternatively, you can get classic banh mi flavors like vegan beef or chicken for just $4.50 a pop! (seriously.) For an enormous vegan sandwich, that’s a really good deal.
This is the kind of food that you start chomping on with another person and for the next half hour the conversation is littered with outbursts like, “No, really this is so fucking good,” “….I know, right? God, this sure is amazing,” “Wow, this food is much better than i thought would be…” and then various chewing noises.
Although Vinh Loi has been around since 2003, I’d never even heard of the place until it started getting massive coverage from vegan food blog To Live And Eat In LA in 2007. Even with all the tempting pictures and gushing descriptions of the food, it still took me over a year to finally make it over there. Don’t make the same mistake I did, or else that will be another year and a half you will be missing out on the best banh mi Los Angeles has to offer. Whether you eat animals or not, this food is ready to impress.
Owner Kevin Tran works the counter at Vinh Loi Tofu
Oh, and it doesn’t just stop at the sandwiches. Every single item on Vinh Loi Tofu’s menu is under 10 bucks. That includes gigantic noodle dishes, salad meals, curries, appetizers, and a slew of appetizers & desserts. Eat up…!
Vinh Loi Tofu
18625 Sherman Way #101
Reseda, CA 91335
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