Tung Hing Bakery was founded almost thirty years ago by Executive Chef Lien, and it was one of the first Chinese/Vietnamese bakeries to open in Toronto, ON, in 1985. Currently Tung Hing has five different bakeries located across the Greater Toronto Area, and luckily for us Vancouverites, there is one location in Vancouver on Kingsway, just passed Knight Street.
Not only is Tung Hing Bakery warm and inviting and a popular place for pastries, it’s also famous for their Vietnamese sub (banh mi) sandwiches. Tung Hing’s baguettes are baked in-house daily, and they are crusty, French-style loafs. With crunchy exteriors and light and airy interiors, they make for the perfect vessels to enjoy all the mouth-watering toppings.
We really enjoyed the fact that we could watch the employee making our subs right in front of us at Tung Hing. It reminded us of ordering 40-cent (yes, Canadian dollars!) banh mi from a food cart on the streets of Nha Trang, Vietnam. The same speed and dexterity was demonstrated; here’s the quick video we shot in Vietnam earlier this year:
All of Tung Hing’s Vietnamese sandwiches include paté, delicious special sauce, creamy mayo, fresh cucumbers, tangy pickled turnips and carrots with fresh, fragrant cilantro. Fresh chillies are optional, but their spicy kick certainly round out the banh mi and should definitely be requested. If you’re not a fan of spicy ingredients, just ask for a couple chillies. On this particular occasion we ordered three different banh mi varieties:
Overall, Tung Hing Bakery is an excellent place for Vietnamese sub, banh mi, sandwiches because they’re all reasonably priced, include ample ingredients, and are a good-sized portions. These subs are almost as satisfying as eating banh mi on the streets of Vietnam!