Free banh mi for you and me

Chef Michael Schulson starts weekday lunch on March 5 at Sampan (122 S.13th St., 215-732-3501) and he's serving at the counter seating areas, facing the bar and open kitchen.

Day one, he will offer a free pork bahn mi sandwich -- yes, it's a Vietnamese hoagie -- complete with chips and non-alcoholic beverage, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The entire lunch menu will also be available for purchase.

This is the same banh mi that Rick Nichols swooned over in The Inquirer.

An announcement spelled out the menu, whose selections of bahn mi includes Berkshire pork belly with cucumber and carrots, tuna with pickle, cucumber, scallion and Thai basil and meatball with Thai basil, fish sauce and lettuce; noodles such as shrimp pad Thai with tofu, egg and peanut and ramen noodle soup with scallions, BBQ pork and egg; and salads such as wild mushroom with goat cheese, puffed rice and truffle and chicken bimbimbop with charred rice, egg, and sesame. Prices range from $6 to $9.