Banh Mi 47 is the country’s first restaurant with Impossible Pork banh mi


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ALBANY – Just weeks after opening, tiny downtown sandwich shop Banh Mi 47 joined celebrity chef David Chang to be among the first to serve Impossible Foods’ new plant-based “pork” product.

Starting today, it will be available as Xiu Mai Chay, with Impossible pork meatballs served with pickled vegetables and cilantro on a half banh mi roll (nicely called banh mi-ni). The price is $ 5 and quantities are limited until the supply chain accelerates. The second dish, set to launch on Tuesday, is the Cha Gio Chay, impossible pork-stuffed spring rolls with a vegan sauce. They cost $ 5 for three. “Chay” means “vegetarian” in Vietnamese.

Mike Nguyen, who owns Banh Mi 47 with his wife, Stacy, says his Impossible Foods sales rep told him that Banh Mi 47 is the country’s first restaurant serving the company’s pork as a banh mi and also the first in the capital region to wear Pork impossible. Impossible Pork premiered on September 23 at Ssam Bar, a New York restaurant in Chang.

Banh Mi 47 is located at 74 N. Pearl St., one of the street level storefronts of the redeveloped Kenmore Resort. Online ordering is now available on its website. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday.

The restaurant is named after Mike Nguyen’s grandfather’s home address in Saigon, where a market and pho shop occupy the ground floor and family members live upstairs.

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