I was on their site and reading a little about their history (which always intrigues me about places) – and like most people I know, they came to Canada to escape the war. In 1985, they opened up their first bakery in Toronto and now have 5 in the GTA and one here in Vancouver. Lucky for us!
The shop is in the heart of Little Vietnam (not officially named that – YET! But they should!) on Kingsway. Don’t be afraid of the fact that it is one of those ‘dive’ looking places, because you would be missing out on a great sandwich (in fact, a lot of dives in the lower mainland serve pretty darn good food!).
When you walk in, there’s a case of baked goods and the sandwich area is further to the right. Reading the recommendations, I noticed the price went up – but not by much (maybe 25 cents?). They have six variations of the banh mis, and today Brian and I ordered the House Special ($3.25) and the Lemon grass Chicken ($3.50).
Each banh mi is made right before your eyes. The banh mi is a little bit bigger than some places I’ve been to and their filling is generous. I thought that the lemon grass chicken was better than the house special, but perhaps because the flavour of the lemon grass was what I was craving at the time. I enjoyed both banh mis, the chili peppers were not as spicy as my recent visit to Au Petit Cafe, but that’s okay.
We also ordered a coconut bun which is enormous, we split it in half! It wasn’t too overwhelmingly coconutty and had a great bit of custard down the middle.
Tung Hing is definitely a great and cheap place to grab lunch and I’ll definitely be back again to try more pastries and their shredded garlic chicken sub!
Check out their website here.