When asked about Vietnamese treat besides our already famous Phở or Bún Bò Huế, I immediately introduce my visiting friends to Vietnamese Banh My. Sold on street all over Vietnam, these delicious bagguettes are gaining new fans overseas. In 2011, along with Pho, Banh My (bread) was added to Oxford Dictionary as a representative of Vietnamese cuisine.
What makes a good Banh My?
The French introduced Banh My to Vietnam. Over time, local vendors created their own bread rolls, adding fillings that satisfied local taste buds. A good bread rolls should be crunchy from the outside and soft and moist on the inside. The rolls are stuffed with meats, fresh herbs and pickled carrots and cabbage. The recipes vary by region.
Local artisans usually brush Banh My with butter and some soft liver pate. The cooks then add slice ham or pork terrine, sometimes some scrambled egg, pickled cabbage, cucumbers and herbs to complement the meaty taste.
The rolls then briefly heat in the oven and served warm with red hot chilli sauce.
In saigon, “Cha xiu” pork is popular along with Maggi soy sauce. Hoi An has its own famous version stuffed with grilled pork and a sweet dense sauce that’s a secret recipe.
Hue’s Banh My competes with other cities by their distinctive crunchy outside and amazing homemade egg-sauce. In Dalat, bread rolls are usually made with peppery shumai pork meatballs soaked in tomato sauce.
Wherever you travel in Vietnam, be sure to enjoy some crunchy bread rolls full of delicious and fresh local ingredients.
Great Banh Mys Throughout the Country
Hanoi – Banh My Lan Ong
What makes this place popular among locals is there secret pate recipe which can turn you into an addict once you try it.
Opening time: 5:00 – midnight. Price: 20,000 VND.
Address: 18 Cha Ca street, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Hue – Banh My Dong Ba
This is a family-run business in the last 20 years in Hue City. Their home made egg sauce is phenomenal. Go for their Nem Banh My, it is a legend!
Opening time: 5:00 – 11:00 AM/ 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Price: 10,000 VND per Banh Mi.
Adress: 100 Chi Lang street, Hue, Vietnam.
Check out other local dishes you can find in Hue city “Top Local Food You Must Try in Hue”
Hoi An – Banh Mi Phuong
It is praised by Anthony Bourdain as best bagguette in the world! You know where to head to!
Opening time: All day.
Price: 20,000 VND – 35,000 VND.
Adress: 2B Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An, Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh – Banh My Nhu Lan
Nhu Lan bakery has been serving homemade banh mi, among other local specialties, from its busy Saigon downtown kitchen since 1968!
Opening time: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
Price: 15,000 VND – 30,000 VND.
Adress: 50 Ham Nghi, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
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