Vietnamese food is suddenly becoming popular all around the world. It’s not just beef noodle pho and fresh rice paper rolls, Today we feature the popular Vietnamese banh mi – French legacy, Vietnamese Classic. A French baguette stuffed full of pate, lemongrass-infused pork and fresh vegetables, herbs and pickles. The perfect lunch!
Long-time readers will know that we feature 3 travel and/or food posts per week from our chosen, featured country. October is Vietnam month and we already have a full calendar of posts. But in all good conscience I could not omit banh mi. So to squeeze it in we are issuing a bonus, 4th post this week.
In Hoi An and Hanoi, we enjoyed fabulous banh mi for around $1.50. The French influence is very obvious, using French-baguette-style rolls, mayonnaise, pate, pickled carrot and cucumber. In combination with classic, Vietnamese flavors, fresh herbs and vegetables, this becomes a delight for the senses.
A Vietnamese baguette is slightly different than the French version. French baguettes aim to be crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and are made only using water, flour, salt and yeast. The Vietnamese version is light and airy, “fluffy”, and has a wider variety of ingredients used. Both are excellent.
Today’s recipe is our version of the street food we enjoyed so much in Hoi An. And why Hoi An? Well that is home to the Banh Mi Queen, which won our vote for the best banh mi in Vietnam. Yes and that is all she sells. There is nothing else on the menu. But I have to tell you that it was a close vote from another banh mi institution, Phuong Phuong, also in Hoi An, was featured by Anthony Bourdain. The banh mi from both establishments is just brilliant. And what a price for food that tastes so good.
And we are going to sandwich this post in between our Hoi An and Hanoi posts!
I won’t lie to you, there is a little bit of preparation to put together the ingredients for banh mi, but it is so worth it! Luckily, we live close by to Vietnamese bakeries where we can satisfy our banh mi fix.
If you ever have the chance to go to Vietnam, take it and do make sure you try a bahn mi. And if you get the chance visit, world-heritage listed Hoi An. It’s not just the food. (You can take cooking classes here for as little as $19 USD). The people are lovely and the scenery is spectacular.
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