Saturday, July 9, 2016

Number 9



Sardine sandwich, technically called a Bánh mì, is what I had the pleasure of devouring at Le's Cafe in Charlotte, NC.







After hearing about Le's Cafe a few weeks ago and most importantly after hearing that they served a Sardine Bánh mì... It was time for a road trip!



After just hearing "Sardine Bánh mì", I became Pavlov's dog. Joining me on this Road Trip was my buddy Matthew (non-Sardine Eater... We're still friends). I wanted to get the opinion of a non-sardine eater on the sandwich as well.



As I walked in, all the sandwiches offered were posted up behind the counter, and there it was... The #9 Sardine Sandwich! As I placed my order the gentleman behind the counter informed me the #9 was fish. After confirming I knew it was fish, my order was placed.






Matthew followed suit, asking for the #9. The gentleman informed Matthew that it was fish, asking if he was sure he wanted the #9 (He must have sensed the hesitation in Matthew's ordering style, or he may have seen through Matthew, knowing he was a non-Sardine Eater in disguise! What ever it was, he just became the Bánh mì master to me.)

He then asked  Matthew if this was his first visit. (The master already knew.) Matthew replied yes. The Bánh mì master informed Matthew he would probably want to go with the #4 or #6 for his first time. Matthew stayed on course and went with the #9.



The Sardine Bánh mì is great. It has a hint of spice and a nice crunch from the veggies. It is a fresh and filling sandwich.








From the non Sardine eater's point of view. "It was great!" That says a lot!







As I ate the Bánh mì, I thought I recognized the sardines used. I informed Matthew of my thoughts. It was as if I was speaking a foreign language to him. (We all have non-sardine eating friends; I'm sure you know the look.) As we were leaving, I asked the Bánh mì Master about the sardines.



Me: I really enjoyed the sandwich. What brand of sardines do you use?



Bánh mì Master: They are canned fish.



Me: Yes,but what brand?



Bánh mì Master: They are canned fish from (he stated country).



I was pretty sure at this point I was not worthy of this knowledge. I named dropped the brand I thought they were. He paused for a second, and said, "yes, that's it." So, in Mouth Full of Sardine's fashion, if you go and enjoy a Sardine Bánh mìi at Le's, which you should, and he tells you the same answer, I'll send you a sardine kit. If--the answer matches mine.

I look forward to going back. I'll be back there again next week actually!

For a great Bánh mì, go check out Le's Sandwiches & Cafe located at 4520 N Tryon St #41, Charlotte, NC 28213








Great food, super nice people, home of the Bánh mì master and the #9 is all any true Sardine Eater needs to enjoy!

Check out Le's Sandwiches on Instagram and Twitter for plenty of hunger pain photos and info.


Keep popping those tins,Sardine Eaters, or eating that Sardine Bánh mì!

Matthew, your next Bánh mì is on me.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Donostia Foods- 165





DONOSTIA FOODS: IN OLIVE OIL




APPEARANCE:



NUTRITION:
serv. size 2OZ container 2
Calories- 114
Fat- 7.3g
Protein- 12.2g
Sodium- 286mg
Cholesterol- 20mg


PRODUCT OF:
Spain


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil,  Salt


PRICE:



OVER ALL:
A very attractive tin of fish, no aroma upon opening. Three plump fish to the tin, A mild tasting fish, not a spiny fish. Roe filled, roe not detectable (signs of freshness of the fish when canned) A clean and flavorful tasting fish, oil does not overpower the fish; compliments it. Nice balance of salt to this tin. I would eat again. 5 Sardines



Saturday, June 11, 2016

La Sirena -164


LA SIRENA: IN SPICY OIL





APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
N/A


PRODUCT OF:
Thailand


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Soybean Oil, Water, Carrot, Red Chili Pepper, Salt, Bay Leaf, Coriander, Smoked Flavor, Natural Flavor


PRICE:



OVER ALL:
A very attractive tin of fish, a beautiful golden hue to the oil. On first bite, you are met with a burst of flavor,  followed by a subtle heat. Heat is evenly distributed throughout the fish. A good textured fish, holds it's shape well while removing from tin. No fishy taste or after. A clean after taste, with only spices and heat left lingering. I will be eating these again. 5 Sardines.






LA SIRENA: IN OLIVE OIL




APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
N/A


PRODUCT OF:
Thailand


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Water, Salt


PRICE:



OVER ALL:
A faint oil aroma upon opening. Five plump fish to the tin. A soft textured fish, no strong fish taste or after. Olive oil posses a good flavor, does not over power the fish. Not a spiny fish. A clean tasting fish with no after taste. 4 1/2 sardines.












LA SIRENA: IN TOMATO SAUCE WITH CHILI & VEGETABLES 





APPEARANCE:



NUTRITION:
serv. size 1
Calories- 140
Fat- 3.5g
Protein- 16g
Sodium- 540
Cholesterol- 35mg


PRODUCT OF:
Thailand


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato Sauce, Carrots, Corn, Potatoes, Onions, Peas, Chili, Salt, Spices



PRICE:
1.09


OVER ALL:
A very faint tomato, vegetable aroma upon opening. Three fish to the tin with a slew of veggies. A very thick tomato sauce. A firm textured fish, a mild tasting tomato sauce; followed by a nice heat. Vegetables in can are firm and flavorful  (impressive) This can would be great with rice or on a tortilla. would eat again. 4 Sardines










LA SIRENA: IN TOMATO SAUCE WITH CHILI






APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
serv. size 3
Calories- 50
Fat- 2g
Protein- 6g
Sodium- 250mg
Cholesterol- 30mg


PRODUCT OF:
Thailand


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Water, Tomato Paste, Food Starch-Modified, Guar Gum, Salt, Sugar, Paprika, Red Chili Powder


PRICE:
1.09



OVER ALL:
Tomato aroma hits you upon opening. Three plump fish to the tin. A thick tomato sauce. A mild tasting tomato sauce, chili really shines in this tin, a nice heat that lingers. A well balance of flavors, a firm textured fish. No fishy taste or after. A god tin of fish, i'm left wanting more. 5 Sardines.












LA SIRENA: IN TOMATO SAUCE WITH CHILI



APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:
serv. size 3
Calories- 50
Fat- 1g
Protein- 6g
Sodium- 255mg
Cholesterol- 30mg


PRODUCT OF:
Thailand


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Water, Tomato Paste, Food Starch-Modified, Guar Gum, Salt, Sugar, Paprika, Red Chili Powder



PRICE:
1.09



OVER ALL:
Four sardines to the can. Sauce posses a slight watery taste, a very subtle heat in this can. Firm textured fish, no fishy taste or after. Tin really teases you with the heat. A good can of fish. 5 sardines.








LA SIRENA: IN TOMATO SAUCE WITH CHILI AND LIME





APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
serv. size 3
Calories- 40
Fat- 0
Protein- 6g
Sodium- 280mg
Cholesterol- 20mg


PRODUCT OF:
Thailand


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Water, Tomato Paste, Lime, Modified Tapioca Starch, Sugar, Salt, Chili Powder, Guar Gum, Paprika Oleoresin, Citric Acid, Lime Flavor


PRICE:



OVER ALL:
A faint tomato aroma, four sardines to the can. Lime flavor hits you on first bite, followed by a refreshing aftertaste that leads up to the tomato and a subtle heat to finish it off. A clean tasting fish. A firm fish, no strong taste or after. I really enjoyed this can. 5 Sardines.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Conchita- 163

CONCHITA: IN TOMATO





APPEARANCE:



NUTRITION:
serv. size 2
Calories- 100
Fat- 7g
Protein- 9g
Sodium- 250mg
Cholesterol- 20mg


PRODUCT OF:
Spain


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato,  Salt


PRICE:
2.99


OVER ALL:
A tomato aroma hits you upon opening, five fish to the tin. A firm textured fish, tomato sauce is subtle, a slight fish taste lets itself known; followed by salt, salt is very prominent in this tin. Be a great tin with beer. A faint fish and strong salty after taste. Would be better in a dish.
3 1/2 Sardines


Three Lady Cooks- 162

THREE LADY COOKS: IN TOMATO SAUCE



APPEARANCE:



NUTRITION:

Cholesterol 25mg
Fat- 3g
Protein- 10g
Sodium- 400mg


PRODUCT OF:
Thailand


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Tomato Sauce, Iodized Salt, sugar


PRICE:


OVER ALL:
A tart, wangy tomato, aroma upon opening. I had a little trouble the fish out of the can, I was thinking a can packed tightly with little fish, then two large fish fall from the can. A good textured fish, yet dry. A mild, bland tasting fish with a sweet after taste. Fish would be better in a dish or with toast. 2 Sardines.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Lieber's -161

LIEBER'S: IN OLIVE OIL




APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:
serv. size 1/2 can
Calories- 130
Fat- 10g
Protein- 11g
Sodium- 240mg


PRODUCT OF:
Morocco


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil,  Salt


PRICE:


OVER ALL:
No aroma upon opening, four plump fish to the tin. A very meaty fish, scales are slightly noticeable. Not a spiny fish. A peculiar after taste is pres. No strong fishy aftertaste, more of a refrigeration after taste. When I finished the tin off with some bread, after taste was not detected. (not how I rate) 2 1/2 sardines.








LIEBER'S: SPICY IN SOYA OIL






APPEARANCE:



NUTRITION:
serv. size 1/2 can
Calories- 130 cal
Fat- 10g
Protein- 11g
Sodium- 240g


PRODUCT OF:
Morocco


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Soya Oil, Salt, Spices




PRICE:


OVER ALL:
Oil aroma upon opening, two large, plump, scaled fish to the tin. A soft textured fish, fish falls apart while removing from tin... A bland fish, not much flavor can be detected. Spice, never makes it self known; I've had spicier tap water. A bitter aftertaste is pres. Fish literally crumbles the more you attempt to eat it. 1 1/2 Sardines.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Torreira-160

TORREIRA: ESCABECHE




APPEARANCE:


NUTRITION:
Calories- 208kcal
Fat- 16,4g
Protein- 15,1g
Sodium- 0,7g


PRODUCT OF:
Portugal


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Vegetable Oil, Vinegar, Garlic, Onion, Bay Leaves, Salt




PRICE:


OVER ALL:
A very faint spice aroma upon opening. Three plump fish to the tin. Bay leaf flavor hits you on first bite, A subtle sour note follows. No strong fish taste or after; a sweet under-note does linger.  A slightly dry fish yet meaty. I would eat again. 3 Sardines.














TORREIRA: ESCABECHE PICANTE





APPEARANCE:



NUTRITION:
Calories- 217kcal
Fat- 13,6g
Protein- 23,7g



PRODUCT OF:
Portugal


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Sunflower Oil, Vinegar, Garlic, Onion, Bay Leaves, piri-piri, Salt




PRICE:


OVER ALL:
Vinegar aroma upon opening. Pepper seeds lat atop the fish (always a good sign) four plump fish to the tin. Vinegar flavor is present on first bite. Heat slowly creeps up, then hits you with a burst of flavor. A nice heat; heat is evenly distributed through out the fish. No strong fish taste or after. Would eat again. 4 Sardines.