If you’re planning on traveling to Vietnam, the one sandwich you will hear about and will not want to miss is the Bánh Mì. This famous Vietnamese sandwich has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s best sandwich.
The baguette was introduced to Vietnam in the mid-19th century, when Vietnam was part of French Indochina and became a staple food by the early 20th century. During the 1950s, a distinctly Vietnamese style of sandwich developed in Saigon, becoming a very popular street food.
In Vietnam, besides famous dishes such as Com tam (broken rice), Pho (beef noodle soup), and banh cuon (steamed rice roll), Banh mi is a typical Vietnamese breakfast that is convenient and idea for people who have to go to work or study early in the morning. That is the reason why most Banh mi vendors are takeaway, without any chairs or tables for you to sit down.
A typical Vietnamese sandwich is a fusion of meats and vegetables from native Vietnamese cuisine such as Chả lụa (pork sausage), coriander leaf (cilantro), cucumber, pickled carrots, and pickled daikon combined with condiments from French cuisine such as pâte, along with chili and mayonnaise. However, a wide variety of popular fillings are used, from xíu mại to ice cream.
Banh Mi Variations:
The Banh mi is beloved in Vietnam. It is a quintessential French-inspired Vietnamese sandwich that is delicious, filling and cheap. In whichever city you may be visiting in Vietnam, walk around and explore the area through the food. And when you see a Vietnam Banh mi shop or vendor, stop and order their own unique version of this Vietnamese sandwich.