So my food adventure with Anthony wasn't quite over...
We decided to walk to Chelsea Market from the Meatball Shop and on the way we fatefully passed by V-Nam Cafe. I had seen this comic review in the Village Voice just the other week as I was cutting up publications to make collages. It obviously caught my eye because it was a comic and it claimed to have really spicy banh-mi. I honestly take it as a challenge when someplace claims to have the spiciest of anything SO OF COURSE I NEEDED TO TRY IT. The chance just so happened right after eating 4 giant meatballs and a bowl of polenta.
The thing that they added to make the sandwich spicier than its peers is a bunch of thai peppers that were marinated in (what I think is) fish sauce. Their roast pork wasn't as good as I'm used to having in my sandwich - alas Dorthy, we are no longer in San Jose; and the bread isn't very crusty so the extra banh mi that I ordered to go didn't keep very well. On the upside, the bread was warm and just crispy enough when they first served it.
The verdict: YOU SHOULD GET BANH MI AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY, just don't take this one to go.