As more than a typical convenience store, Fu-Wah prepares a killer tofu hoagie.
As famous as South Philly is for cheese and grease, West Philly has gained popularity for its non-Western cuisine. Indian and Ethiopian eats are at their peak in this part of the city.
But the one sandwich that has made West Philly a prime destination, even for West Coast natives, is the tofu hoagie at the Fu-Wah Mini Market at Baltimore Avenue and 47th Street.
You can find this modern rendition of the Vietnamese bahn-mi at other hole-in-the-wall locations in Philadelphia, but Fu-Wah’s reigns supreme.
The succulent tofu is soaked in Vietnamese sauces and Sriracha then nested in a soft, white hoagie roll and topped with shredded pickled daikon root, carrots and fresh cilantro. This miracle goes for only $3.80.
Fu-Wah also caters to the omnivore by offering more common hoagies with deli meats and cheeses.
Also a corner store, locals can find the kitchen basics: milk, produce, eggs and the like. Organic and veggie-friendly options are also available.
Students should visit this vegetarian mecca at least once during their time in Philadelphia. Let the Fu-Wah tofu hoagie, or “toagie” as one fan called it, be the ultimate cheesesteak alternative.
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