District Fishwife, located in Union Market against the right wall, has a special secret. The Shrimp Bahn Mi sandwich!
District Fishwife introduced the Shrimp Bahn Mi sandwich re-imagined. District Fishwife’s original Shrimp Po’Boy – which is known in New Orleans as fried shrimp balls on a bun with a slaw – recently received a Vietnamese splash (fried shrimp balls on a bun with Vietnamese accompaniment). This sandwich’s relaunch has justifiably increased its popularity.
When the creative chef team behind the sandwiches went back to the drawing board, the Shrimp Banh Mi was designed. The sandwich comes with your choice of curly fries or apple slaw. Nolan, one of the managers, was gracious enough to answer my questions in regards to where the fish originates. Most of the fish come from Florida and the East Coast during the cold months, ensuring freshness, since the time from water to plate is shortened. The fish is full of Omega-3 fatty acids which good for a growing body.
The sandwich was good, but with 4 little shrimp balls, this sandwich is more like a good snack than a meal. That works just fine if you are walking around Union Market perusing food stalls and planning dinner. But, the addition of 2 more shrimp balls might make the sandwich fuller and seem more like a meal. Overall, I like the Vietnamese influence in this sandwich.