If I buy two Banh Mi sandwiches and eat one for lunch, will I have to refrigerate the second one if I want to eat it for dinner, or will it spoil in that amount of time?
I try not to leave things like meat out for more than a couple of hours. It may still be ok after longer than that, but it may not.
Really depends on the meat and the temperature of wherever you're leaving it.
Banh Mi with barbecued pork is fucking shit.
You want soft meats on it. Pork depending on the vendor can be tough as hell and unchopped, making you have to gnaw through it.
Also the crispier the carrots+daikon the better.
And yes OP it'll be fine.
I love banh mi. There's a place right by my work that serves Vietnamese food owned by two eternally butthurt old vets that think the US will go back and liberate South Vietnam.
It's fun to listen to their war stories, plus one of their granddaughters works in the store and she's a qt
Viet here, my dad will buy like ~6 sandwiches and throw them in the fridgerator if no one at home eats it. We just use a toaster oven to heat it up again until the bread gets crispy.
It also depends on what you get. We usually get banh mi thit nguoi which just has cold cut meats. I imagine hot subs won't taste as good.
since no one here has any insight on this ill tell you what you do
the trick is when you buy the second banh mi, ask them to put the meat and vegetables separate in a plastic bag or something
then when you want to eat, you can toast up the bread without fucking up the meat(this is considering the cold cuts, if you get something else you can leave the meat in)/vegetables
You never know how the original restaurant handled the food.
did they leave it out on the counter?
was is refrigerated properly to begin with?
is it close to being off when you got it?
I wouldn't risk it myself. The food handling at some places is not very good
I'm ServSafe certified
Restaurant standards are above 41F or below 135F for 4 or more hours is unsafe.
Basically, in between 41F and 135F is the 'danger zone' where most bacteria can thrive and multiply.
If you eat first for lunch at noon, it would be best to refrigerate if you're not eating until 6PM. However, it'll probably be fine.
I'm pretty sure everyone knows roughly what the tdz is other than the people running most banh mi shops.
Usually all that shit has spent more than 4 hours sitting out before you even get it, but 4 hours is honestly a really, really small amount of time anyways, despite what the government says.
I'd put my sandwich in the fridge if I wan't going to eat it less than an hour later (unless I'm going hiking or on a train or something).