I’ve been to Vietnam twice, to Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. There is some serious good eating to be done in Vietnam. I’m on the same wave length as them as far as taste buds go. They appreciate texture like I do. And have a deft hand at juggling and mingling salty, sour, sweet and heat.
One of the most delicious things I ever ate in Vietnam was sweet pineapple and pomelo dipped in chilli salt. Simple – yet it totally rocked my world!
As with Mediterranean food, it’s hard to get really good Vietnamese food out of Vietnam because so much of it relies on fresh ingredients and varieties which are not available in Europe.
Bánh mì doesn’t have those ingredient constraints. As long as you have a good source for the baguette (which is usually made using a combination of wheat and rice flour), are confident with a mandolin to get those carrots and daikon cut into the matchstick julienne – well then, you can make a pretty good bánh mì. So I was very pleased to hear that CôCô had opened in Mitte.
It’s a slick shop, fitted out in grey, brass and lemon – the colour and the fruit. There is a faux chalk board menu over the open self-service kitchen and neatly printed menus in English by the till.
I had the “Classic” sandwich. It was filled with pâte, pork, vegetables, chili and a dressing that was squirted into the bun. The size of the baguette looked unwieldly but was soft and squashed down to a more manageable size when I pushed down on it.
I am not sure why the word “deli” is in the shop title. As far as I could see, CoCo is a fast food joint that does sandwiches and a small selection of salads. Maybe there are plans to expand it into a deli later? For now, this is a good spot for a quick cheap lunch.
And all those lemons…? Apparently they are going to be turned into a summer drink, when they are ready.
I leave you with this funny picture I took of an art installation in the window of a gallery on Linienstrasse.
Mon – Thurs, Sun 11:00 – 22:00
Fri – Sat 11:00 – 24:00