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Much of the preparation for this Vietnamese-Style Pork Sandwich can be done ahead of time. Photo by Sue Doeden

Not your same-old sandwich

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On a recent trip to the Twin Cities, I was driving east on University Avenue in St. Paul when I came upon a huge sign marking the Trung Nam French Bakery. Though I was taken aback by this seemingly odd combination of Vietnamese and French, my car mate was not surprised at all.

She explained Vietnamese cuisine has a French influence that is due to the French colonization of Vietnam, which began in the 16th century and ended in the middle of the 20th century.

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