DD Mau

If I had to commit myself to one sandwich for the rest of my life, it would hands down be the Vietnamese bánh mì. It just has such a perfect blend of flavors and textures- sweet, sour, salty and spicy and all layered into one demi-baguette of deliciousness.

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DD Mau is a small Yaletown based sandwich shop that’s taken a modern spin on the classic tradition soaked bánh mì. Think Ba Le meets Gastown’s Meat & Bread. I wanted to try out their fusion styled subs to see how they compare to their conventional counterpart.

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Although they have an inventive menu with some truly tempting descriptions, I opted for The Classic to get a base-line feel for what the place has to offer.

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As I bit into this, the first thing I noticed immediately was the bread. It didn’t have the light airy crunch of a classic bánh mì, but rather much more dense texture. Usually Vietnamese baguettes use rice flour to give them that thinner crust and more hollow center.

There was a good amount of filling, and all the ingredients tasted fresh with a nice balance of flavors. I liked it fine, but it did come at a much steeper price ($7.5) than what I’m used to for a Viet sub.

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I absolutely adore honeydew flavored things (from bubble teas to Melona ice cream bars). So when I saw that they had fresh honeydew smoothies I had to try one.

You could really taste the fresh honeydew as opposed to artificial powder, and the almond milk provided a nice compliment. Refreshing but not too sweet.

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We also got a Vermicelli Bowl with Grilled Lemongrass Chicken and Spring Roll. This was very meh. I would stick to the sandwiches and smoothies for this place.

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I like this place in that it has a nice atmosphere with charming rustic interior and top quality fresh ingredients. But at the end of the day, I like getting my viet subs and pho from unpresuming hole in the wall places that have delicious food at dirt cheap prices. It’s just personal preference, but I guess I’m just not ready to accept one of my favorite all-time comfort foods into the more high-end upscale food bracket.

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4 thoughts on “DD Mau

  1. I am obsessed with the melon ice cream too from the asian market! That sub looks delicious! Glad to see a post from you…was missing them!

    1. They are just too delicious I can’t even have them in the house anymore, I automatically just eat the whole box hah.

      And thanks for the continued support :) always a pleasure to hear from you.

  2. As a former Edmontonian, I’m curious whether there is a place in Vancouver that has Viet subs just as good as (my personal favourite: Nhon Hoa)? Btw, what kind of lens do you use for your photos? Lovely!

  3. I live close to Yaletown and have been thinking of trying this place for some time since being Vietnamese, I absolutely love Vietnamese food. I appreciated your review! What are some good places you would recommend around here? I’m new to the area. :)

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