Ba-Le French Sandwich & Bakery is a franchise that first started in 1986 and now boasts over 20 locations around the island of Oahu. Not only do they bake fresh croissants, French bread, and many other pastries, but they serve authentic Vietnamese dishes, with their specialty being the Vietnamese sandwich. How exactly is a Vietnamese sandwich different from an American one? Besides using bread to house the meats and vegetables, the rest is completely different.
American sandwiches use meats like ham, turkey, and bacon, whereas Ba-Le sandwiches have lemon grass chicken, steamed pork, and char siu. Common vegetables found in American sandwiches are lettuce, tomato, and onion, whereas Ba-Le uses pickled daikon, carrots, cucumbers, and fresh Chinese parsley. Sure Ba-Le has incorporated some common deli meats into their menu like a pastrami or turkey sandwich, but most of their sandwiches hold true to the flavors from Vietnam. All Ba-Le’s sandwiches are served on their warm French bread (they warm it up in a mini toaster right in front of you so that your sandwich is still warm when you eat it!) or their croissants for $.50 extra. Their sandwiches are all reasonable ranging from $3.50 to $5, a great option for those who are on a budget.
To find the nearest Ba-Le French Sandwich & Bakery check your local phone book.