Vietnamese food is without doubt one of the most delicious cuisines in the world. Besides famous Vietnamese restaurants, you also should try street food because of its affordable price and special flavour. In the must-try list when travelling in Vietnam, Banh Mi is on the top that you should not be missed.
Banh Mi, a general term for all kinds of Vietnamese bread in this country, was rooted in France during the colonial period. However, this Vietnamese fusion food which is crispy on the outside with golden crust and soft on the inside seems to be quite different from French baguette in using ingredients such as rice flour. Banh Mi is a harmony of Western and Eastern culinary culture.
A hawker selling Banh Mi on the street
I heard familiar sounds of street venders to sell bread across alleys when I was a kid. During 1990s, Banh Mi was commonly found throughout Vietnam as a single-serving bread. Later on, when the living standards in Vietnam got higher, people in every local created many recipes to make this food become more attractive.
Banh Mi with a wide range of fillings
Traditionally, a top pick Banh Mi is layered with gorgeous pork liver pate, a thick cut of pork roll, homemade mayonnaise, topped with pickled carrot and daikon, sliced cucumbers, cilantro, special sauce and chili sauce. Moreover, you can order to add more fillings to your bread with grilled pork, barbecued pork/chicken, charsiu pork, cold cuts, etc. Specially, there are some alternative versions for vegans and vegetarians with fried tofu cake and fried egg respectively.
Colorful layered fillings
Filling of fried tofu cake for vegans
Vietnamese eat Banh Mi every day for both the main course and side dishes. Some people especially children often express their interests on hearing the crackle from the first bite of lightly toasted bread. Slices of pork roll soak up the sauce, the pate adds moisture, and verdant vegetables with vibrant herbs help to keep the balance of sweetness and richness that are enough to house all the deliciousness in a combination of flavors inside, connecting by a secret sauce. Such things mainly contribute on the rise of Banh Mi all over the world in the past few years.
Banh Mi with filling of meatballs
Below is the list of some outlets that you should tick on your go-to list for a culinary tour of Banh Mi around Vietnam.
- Banh Mi Pho Hue (118 Pho Hue, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi)
- Bami House (38 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi)
- Banh Mi Phuong (2B Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An, Quang Nam)
- Banh Mi Queen (115 Tran Cao Van, Hoi An, Quang Nam)
- Banh Mi Huynh Hoa (26 Le Thi Rieng, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city)
- Banh Mi Bay Ho (23 Huynh Khuong Ninh, Distric 1, Ho Chi Minh city)