Gentle Readers, there are friends, and then there are friends who show up with pork bahn mi and coordinates for pork belly buns. On a recent trip to Las Vegas, my friend, whom we shall call BaconNBourbon, took me on a food adventure worthy of Thelma and Louise, minus the negative outcome.
First, there were these two types of bahn mi, straight from some small shop in Chinatown. They were amazing.
Next, Hoover Dam. If you haven’t been, go, it is truly remarkable engineering.
Then, pork belly buns with parmesan truffle fries and a salted caramel shake with a toasted marshmallow top from Bachi Burger. OMG. No really. If you are anywhere in the Pacific Standard Timezone, this is not a drill. Drop what you’re doing and go.
The buns come with a sauce that reminds me somewhat of tamarind, but with a Chinese five spice kick. Skip it, and just eat. It’s fine, but they aren’t improved by the dipping. The fries were salty and balanced, not overly truffled (which in truth makes me gag, though BaconNBourbon argues there is no such thing as overtruffling), and crisp. A true delight.
And then, the shake. Just admire it for a minute. Wow. Just wow. Our only regret was not staying longer to eat more, as the burgers (they have sliders on the appetizers menu) looked amazing.
So special thanks to my foodie friend for redeeming my faith in the power of the food adventure, and for giving me a day of fresh air and pork in the midst of a smoke-filled business trip! Have you been to Bachi Burger? What’s your opinion?
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