banh mi at trang bakery and cafe
I’ve been to Trang six times this year and have so far failed to blog about it. Five of those times have been at the Smith St shop and the one other time was at the new shop in the city in Hardware Street. A review is well overdue.
I love banh mi, I make them at home and I eat them out whenever I have the chance, so I’ve eaten a lot of them. I’m prepared to call these the best banh mi I’ve eaten.
At Trang there are six vegan options on the menu, ranging from lemongrass tofu and a crispy crumbed eggplant to several types of vegan mock meat – duck, chicken, ham and prawns.
There’s almost always a queue at the door, the turnover is huge and the ingredients always fresh.
So far I have tried the lemongrass tofu, the crispy eggplant, the vegan chicken and the vegan duck. I have a hard time choosing between the tofu for its flavour and the eggplant for its texture, so today I ordered one with a combination of both.
The baguettes are nicely crunchy and come packed with some eggplant and capsicum relish, salad, herbs, whatever filling you choose, some chilli, crunchy fried shallots, crushed peanuts and delicious sauces.
There are a couple of tables outside where you can sit to eat at both shops, but a banh mi is also perfect for eating on the run.
I’ll be back to try all the vegan options, but I think I’ll have a hard time getting past that eggplant and tofu combo.
Trang Bakery and Cafe
382 Smith St,
03 9416 3988
The city branch is sadly closed.
119 Hardware St
03 9670 4761