The Bay Area's Most Famous Fried Chicken Sandwich Took Inspiration from Banh Mi
Culture vultures Cool Hunting recently took a twirl around Oakland and found ― in the swirl of cool folks doing cool things ― lunch in the shape of a lauded fried chicken sandwich from seven-year old Bakesale Betty. In the brief segment, the Temescal shop's blue-wigged founder Alison Barakat reveals the inspiration for her tangy, slaw-topped savory: the $2.25 pepper-laced banh mi from Cam Huong in Oakland's Chinatown. Considering this sandwich's status ― blessed by the Chronicle, chewed up on Chowhound, even praised by Bon Appétit ― Cool Hunting could have sniffed out something less celebrated and equally deserving. All the same, take the train, try them both, and bask in the culinary cross-current.