Taking a spin on the Auto-Banh

The last thing I expected to see in True Value’s parking lot on East Bay this past Wednesday was a large purple truck.  But there it was, the Auto-Banh Vietnamese Sandwich food truck. It smelled delicious, so, I stopped to read the massive chalkboard that served as a menu affixed to the side of the vehicle.

There were people milling around, but not a big crowd. A generator hummed nearby. Getting in line, I was helped very quickly, and ordered a lemongrass chicken sandwich.

The combination of crunchy pickled carrots, daikon radish, cabbage, and cucumbers with the soft bread worked in keeping my taste buds excited for the surprisingly fresh cilantro boldly keeping its own flavor above the mayo and nuoc chom. If those were the only contents of the sandwich, it would still have been delightful to devour. But there was the chicken, which added warmth and subtle sweetness to the sandwich that sealed the deal.

Given a tasty, memorable lunch with quick and pleasant service, I’ll be sure to find them again in Charleston.

The Auto-Banh Vietnamese Sandwich truck can be found online on Twitter, Facebook, or their at auto-banh.com.

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About Joseph DiDomizio

A multimedia writer and visual artist, Joseph explores the way art and technology intersects, enriches, and creates communities. His commitment to urban development and the arts shows through in his video, graphic design, and written work, most recently seen in The Syracuse New Times. He continues to explore the possibilities, implications, and applications of interactive and multimedia storytelling, with specialties in visual arts, video, film, urban development, and music. Joseph is currently pursuing an M.A. in Arts Journalism at Syracuse University, and holds a B.A. in Media Study from the University at Buffalo.

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