Banh mi – The best sandwich in the world

For both locals and expats, all probably has learned about Banh mi (Bánh mì) – the pride of Vietnamese cuisine that has recently surged in popularity worldwide.

Banh mi stalls are ubiquitous and can easily be found in even the most unexpected corners. Served as breakfast, lunch and even dinner, Banh mi has been playing an important role in the daily life of Vietnamese people. Whether you are hanging out with friends or in a rush for work, Banh mi is always an ideal food option with reasonable price and appetizing taste.

Vietnamese Banh Mi

Everyone can make Banh mi themselves with little effort. There is no fixed recipe for that – it is simply a mixture of various ingredients you want to put in. A typical Vietnamese Banh mi, however, often includes baguette, Vietnamese-style pork roll, pate, cucumber, fresh herbs, mayonnaise, pepper and chill sauce, each of which is adjusted up to your personal preference. You can see more details of the food recipe here.

Banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City
Banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City

Here are some suggestions for Banh mi places with different prices, in case you feel hungry and need something to fill your stomach. Yet, don’t forget to do some research by yourselves to discover your own little Banh mi places.

Please note that most of the following store opens from 8am to 9 pm, with some exceptions that will be specified.

 1. Banh mi with Vietnamese steak – No 3 Hòe Nhai Street (open from 10am)

This is a special version of Vietnamese Bánh Mì. They serve egg, potatoes, homemade pate… on one plate and Bánh Mì.on another. You are supposed to eat them together. The price for one serving is about 70.000VND.

 2. Banh mi with mixed ingredient (pate, pork, egg …) – 30 Đình Ngang Street

This is a small restaurant so you can choose to sit inside or sit on the pavement. It costs about 30.000VND-50.00 VND for one serving- a reasonable price for a breakfast, brunch or dinner.

The store opens from 8.30 to 10.30am and from 2 to 9pm

 3. Banh Mee – 18 ẤuTriệu Street

This restaurant follows the traditional recipe. With fresh ingredients and good service, it is becoming more popular. You can sit there to enjoy your meal, or take it away for a quick breakfast. The price is about 30.000VND – 40.000VND.

 4. The famous banh mi store- No.118A Phố Huế (close at around 6pm)

The store is very well known in Hanoi for its traditional recipe and even recommended by a BBC reporter. The price ranges from 30.000 to 60.000 VND. However, it is quite far from the Old Quarter and it will cost you from 30.000 to 50.000 VND to take a taxi there.

 5. Banh Mi P – No 12 Hàng Buồm Street

This store follow more modern recipe with grilled chicken, grilled beef and so on . The price here is a little bit cheaper, it is about 15.000VND – 35.000VND, but the taste is still very good.

 6. Banh mi Bôm Bốp –No.92 Hàng Trống Street

This is a small food stall on Hàng Trống Street so you can sit on the pavement with small chairs or buy and take it away. You can choose different types of ingredients to create your Banh mi. The price is 20.000VND – 50.000VND

 

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