Ba Le Sandwich Shop: Quick Cheap Banh Mi

Diana Chan January 9, 2016 Chinatown, lunch, Three Beakers, Vietnamese

Ba Le Sandwich Shop in Chinatown is a tiny shop that sells incredibly cheap banh mi sandwiches. Any lunch thats under $5 has got my attention. It’s even cheaper than McDonalds. I’m trying not to spend much for lunch, so anything cheap and decent is good enough for me.

Even when I went to order, they just handed it to me right away. I supposed since it was the lunch rush, they have a few sandwiches premade.


Cold Cut Banh Mi ($3.50) is always one of my favourite kinds of banh mi sandwiches, so I gave it a try to see how it is. When I unwrapped it, it’s really does not look impressive at all. It’s kinda hidden inside.


Inside the crispy bun are the slices of cold cuts and veggies inside. I could always use more ingredients inside, but for $3.50, I won’t complain.


It filled me up for lunch and it wasn’t bad at all. I would come back again for a quick cheap lunch to bring back to the office. Most people come here to get take out.

We Rate Ba Le3rated

638 Main Street, Vancouver

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Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. LotusRapper January 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    This Ba Le (which used to be further south on Main, on the west side, off of Georgia), was much better in the past before they moved. BTW they are not related to the Ba Le on Kingsway/Fraser aside from the name. I’ve been to this one in the ’80s and my recent experience at their new location (your review) was pretty awful.

    My $0.25 for a really good banh mi while in Chinatown is to go 2 blocks north to Golden Garden. Their foods are generally quite good and their banh mi’s are very decent:

    • Diana January 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Gotta agree, Golden Garden is definitely a lot better! I always go there for lunch with my coworkers

      • grayelf February 10, 2016 at 11:01 am

        Golden Garden for me has the best chicken banh mi in town. I believe they are still cheaper if you order them to go. The proprietors (brother and sister) are super nice as well which doesn’t hurt. I call ahead and they have my sandwiches ready for me.

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