But, believe it or not, sometimes I just really want to have my favorite foods from other parts of the world - Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Mexican ... usually, when such a desire hits, I take matters into my own hands and make these dishes at home. I frequent the Asian and Middle Eastern markets scattered around town in order to be able to prepare authentic versions of such foods at home. However, sometimes I need a quick, on-the-go meal, and I'm tired of Brötchen, buttered pretzels (Butterbrezeln), or even Currywurst and Pommes. So I make attempts to track down other viable options around Munich, particularly what I would count as Munich "street food" (I use this term lightly, as Munich doesn't really have a street food scene per se- there are no food trucks lining up in empty lots, or, outside Oktoberfest and the Christmas Markets at least, stalls selling food on a stick to hungry passersby).
One little spot that is good in a pinch is Le Pâté. This hole in the wall establishment on Dachauer Strasse behind the train station used to be just another bubble tea shop, until they replaced it with something a little more difficult to find in Munich - a storefront selling Banh Mi, Pho, Bun Bo, and a few other Vietnamese "fast foods" - most for under 5 Euros. I have only ordered the Banh Mi, which is a toasted french baguette, topped with pâté, meat (or tofu), fresh vegetables, cilantro, and sriracha chili sauce. It's not exactly drop-dead-amazing, but I really appreciate just having a Banh Mi shop in Munich! It gives me hope that Münchners will slowly embrace other cuisines, and that the food culture of Munich will only grow and expand. So if you haven't ever tried Banh Mi, I encourage you to give it a try. It's an excellent alternative to Brötchen.
Dachauer Straße 3