Something You Should Eat: Shrimp banh mi from Del Seoul

November 30, 2010

Everyone has been talking about the Korean-style tacos served up at Del Seoul in Lincoln Park.  I do happen to love the well-marinated kalbi that's finely chopped, buried beneath a mound of Napa cabbage and Asian greens dressed with gojujang (Korean red chili paste) and topped with sesame seeds; not as much of a fan of the store-bought tortillas, but you can't win them all.  One thing I wasn't expecting to like was the hearty shrimp banh mi.  This Vietnamese-style sandwich is typically the province of well-regarded bakery/cafes such as Nhu Lan in Lincoln Square or Ba Le in Uptown.  But for some reason, the combo of grease-free fried shrimp with the spicy mayo makes this sandwich really sing.