What is Banh Mi – Vietnamese sandwiches
Banh Mi or Vietnamese sandwiches is the special name foreigners take for a kind of these handheld meals. Are you curious what is the difference between “Vietnamese sandwiches and other sandwiches in the world.? That difference comes from flavor, ingredients, and especially the combination of French cuisine and Vietnamese, so the people who have visited my country, must not have forgotten the Vietnamese street food: Banh Mi
As it turned out, one of the most lasting effects of French rule in Vietnam was their barbecue. Baguette was introduced to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) during the French colonial period and spread throughout the southern city of the country before coming to North Vietnam and becoming popular throughout the country.
Many lovers of Vietnamese cuisine and French cuisine consider banh mi an excellent example of fusion food. Its combinations include ingredients from the French (baguettes, pâté, and mayonnaise ) with native Vietnamese ingredients, such as coriander, cucumber, pickled carrots, and daikon. What a great combination! It may urge visitors to try this dish immediately.
Banh Mi not only represents fusion food, but it has become the embodiment of street food. You can look for and enjoy Banh Mi at almost all stalls and vendors in Hanoi
The price of each Banh Mi is reasonable, even very cheap ( 15.000 VND to 25.000 VND, so you can completely afford each
It may be a cheap street food, but it is also an international culinary force. Banh mi was listed in the top 10 of the world’s best street food, by Lonely Planet, and the “Banh mi” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary on March 24, 2011.
In an article published in 2012, the Guardian said: “A little-known secret is that the world’s best sandwich isn’t found in Rome, Copenhagen or even New York City, but on the streets of Viet Nam.”
Check our: Top Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi
But where to eat the best Banh Mi because there are so many places to sell Banh my
If you choose the best Banh Mi to try while you are in Hanoi through all those suggestions or simply pictures, it will take a long time. And seriously, you’ve come across as a guest, the best experience is what you’re looking for
That’s why we just recommended only five banh mi shops, right on the sidewalk in the Old Quarter, You can easily look for the address of these shops while walking or driving through several streets in the bustling Old Quarter. it’s helpful to have a glance at my article providing background information about Hanoi’s Old Quarter here.
1. Banh Mi 25 – TripAdvisor highly recommended
The image of a crowd of buyers outside the shop shows that the restaurant is believable to customers. Inside shops, bright yellow walls and a bunch of strange, colorful furniture create a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere. Banh Mi is always served fresh and warm, and if you are on a diet, don’t worry, because there are many different types of people including many vegetarian and vegan options, so there is something suitable for everyone.
More Info – Banh mi 25
- Time: Every day from 7 AM to 7 PM
- Adress: 25 Hàng Cá, P, Hà Nội, Vietnam
- Phone: +84977668895
- Visit website: Banhmi25.net
2. Banh Mi Tram
One of Hanoi’s most famous sandwich spots, Tram Bread satisfies hungry customers every day with decoded banh mi. Baguettes and fillers are served separately, leaving patrons to decide whether to assemble their sandwiches or enjoy the ingredients themselves. It is also famous for its characteristic sauce, which has been considered as legendary status in the capital. The store’s popularity has been maintained for over 20 years and shows no signs of slowing down; plastic stools are only available after closing time.
More Info – Banhmitram
- 252 Cửa Nam, Hà Nội, Cửa Nam Hoàn Kiếm Hanoi, Vietnam
3. Bánh Mì Phố Cổ
Another ingredient originating from French cuisine that serves traditional banh mi is pate, and Banh Mi Phố cổ, located on Dinh Liet Street, near Hoan Kiem Lake. This kind may be also a great choice for you to enjoy
Not only pate but also a range of ingredients such as barbecued pork, pork skin sausage, Chinese sausage, and Vietnamese ham, you can choose any kind you would like
For visitors coming to Vietnam for a long time, they must have gotten used to the “ Bánh Mì Bít Tết”, this word is pronounced by Vietnamese for “beef steak” served with eggs, fries, pate, and steak on a pan
- Address: 38 Đinh Liệt, Hoàn Kiếm District
4. Banh mi Minh Nhat – Banh mi MasterChef
Different from Banh mi Nguyen Sinh with its high price, Banh Mi Minh Nhat is a shop you can consider because of its reasonable price and high-quality Banh mi. Minh Nhat is the chef who won the Vietnam Masterchef 2014, After that, she gave up her job in a bank and owned her restaurants in Hanoi. Through this interesting information, visitors are paid attention and eager to enjoy banh mi in this shop.
- Address: No. 13 Hang Khay
- Hours Opening: 6:30 – 22:00
- Price: 20.000 VND – 40.000 VND
- TripAdvisor rate: 4.0
5. Banh mi Pho Hue (Banh mi Hue Street)
This Banh Mi has received compliments from a famous chef: Geo Deetz so you can absolutely feel secure about the quality and flavour of this banh mi
Moreover, BBC has also given their comments on banh mi here: banh mi is not complicated. Each ingredient has its own role in creating a delicious one.
So, come and enjoy it now!
- Address: No. 118 Hue Street, Hai Bà Trưng District
- Opening Hours: from 6:00 to 19:00
- Price: 20.000 VND – 50.000 VND
- TripAdvisor rate: 4.5
6. Banh Mi Hai Phong
One of my favorite Banh mi sandwiches is Banh Mi Hai Phong, sold by a Vietnamese lady in front of the Dong Xuan market from 4 PM to 8 PM. She operates a small vendor and charges only 10,000 VND per Banh mi. Despite its affordable price, the taste is undoubtedly the best in the city.
Banh Mi Hai Phong is a popular variation of Banh Mi that originated from the city of Hai Phong in Vietnam. It typically features a crispy baguette filled with grilled pork, pate, pickled vegetables, and fresh herbs. The combination of different flavors and textures creates a delicious and satisfying sandwich.
Address: In front of the Dong Xuan Market
Opening Hours: From 4 PM – 8 PM every day
Price: 10,000 VND
7. Banh mi Hoi An on Hang Bac Street
Banh Mi Hoi An is my favorite in town. The banh mi is tasty. You can order a special Hoi An banh mi with chicken or pork, along with herbs like coriander and chilies, and sauce. Another option is to have banh mi with eggs. It is great to enjoy with a drink, popular choices being soy milk or kumquat.
When to eat banh mi?
Due to its convenience and ubiquity, you can have your delicious banh mi for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner if you want.
You can find the banh mi stores everywhere in Hanoi because of their convenience, and availability, so you can enjoy delicious banh mi for breakfast or other meals all-day
Previously, banh mi was particularly eaten for breakfast and the ingredients are so simple including pork, vegetables, and sauce. Now, life is becoming busier, so banh mi is more popular for many people from office workers to students.
You can walk around the old quarter and stop in front of one of these banh mi stores I have already recommended, then order an approach and enjoy it.
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