Author Michael Lee-Murphy from Connecticut Magazine shares a great Vietnamese find in Hartford, Banh Meee.
Dung “G” Tran says, “Three years ago, I didn’t know how to cook.” Really? His menu at the new Banh Meee Vietnamese restaurant on Capitol Avenue in Hartford sure doesn’t taste like it.
Tran says he taught himself how to cook by watching YouTube tutorials and adding his own modern spin on traditional Vietnamese cooking. After operating for a few months as a food truck, Tran moved into the space made available by GoldBurgers’ closing of its Hartford location late last year.
Born to Vietnamese parents in San Bernardino, California, Tran says his parents sent him and his siblings to New England as youngsters to, as he puts it, avoid the gang violence of the area. Tran worked in insurance in Windsor for several years before launching himself into the food business.
...How does an insurance worker with no cooking experience make the leap into the food business? With really, really good food. The banh mi is simple enough, but well executed, with lemongrass pork or beef, served on gorgeous baguette bread from Aby’s Bakery in West Hartford. The sandwiches are served with pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro, cucumber, an in-house mayo and a sweet fish sauce.