BEST BANH MI IN SAIGON

Vietphái nam is basically synonymous with delicious; so much of the food there is out-of-this-world good. And there is perhaps no greater evidence of this fact than banh ngươi, the Vietnamese sandwich khổng lồ beat all sandwiches.

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While it doesn’t look particularly special on the surface — it’s simply an airy French baguette stuffed with an assortment of fillings — don’t be fooled. Everything about this sandwich is special.

Let’s begin with its history. As you may suspect from the baguette situation, the banh mày sandwich has French roots. The French arrived in Vietnam in the 1800s và took control of the country in 1887, at which point they brought with them their various foods and traditions, including the baguette. However it wasn’t until the 1950s, when the Vietnamese gave sầu the French the boot, that they started lớn make the baguette their own. That’s when they decided khổng lồ add their own fillings, và give sầu their creation a Vietnamese name (translated, banh ngươi simply means “wheat”).

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Though banh mày is made slightly differently depending on the region & the chef, it is, at its core, a sandwich with staple ingredients. The baguette is typically stuffed with a mix of deli-style pork or chicken, pate, various vegetables like pickled radish, carrot, và cucumber, chilli, fresh herbs (mostly cilantro/coriander), homemade mayo, & some Maggi sauce (a thin seasoning sauce). Various regions add other ingredients, too, like terrine & pork sausage. And generally speaking, banh ngươi sandwiches in the south of Vietphái nam are made with bigger baguettes, và are jam-packed with more ingredients, especially more veggies and herbs.

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Although banh mày sandwiches are popular all over the world now, thanks khổng lồ the popularity of food trucks & Instagram foodies, it was not always this way. In fact, banh mi started out as a typical working man’s sandwich; street food long before street food became A Thing. And it stayed that way for a couple decades, until the Fall of Saigon in 1975. That’s when many people fled Vietphái nam, taking their favorite sandwich with them. Today, banh mi can be found all over the globe, loved by both the Vietnamese and the world at large.

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That said, there is perhaps nothing better than eating a banh mày in its country of origin. But finding the best banh ngươi in Vietphái nam is a daunting task; there are thousands upon thousands of options, which means you have sầu to lớn know what you’re doing và go in with a plan.

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To help you make that happen & reach your banh ngươi bliss, we asked the sandwich experts at Intrepid Travel for their recommendations of the best sandwiches throughout the country. Here are their top picks in Hoi An, Ho Chi Minch City, và Hanoi:

HOI AN

Banh Mi Queen—Madam KhanhAddress: Tran Cao Van Str

This place is truly the stuff of legends. Locals say is should be on every “best banh mi” danh sách ever. The owner, Mrs. Loc, has run this store for 30 years, and you can’t really go wrong. Locals say her banh mi perfectly captures the yin-yang taste of the banh mi: It’s sweet và salty, spicy but basic, and crunchy yet creamy — all at the same time. Fillings include pate, pork char siu, sausage, fried egg, homemade pickles, papaya, carrots, parsley, chili sauce, soy sauce, and — last but certainly not least — her secret sauce.

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Banh Mi PhuongAddress: 2B Phan Chu Trinch Str

The late Anthony Bourdain recommended this spot, so you know right away that it’s going to lớn be good (Canadian chef Cameron Stauch has praised it too). Run by a small family, the restaurant typically serves more than 1,000 banh ngươi every single day. But a word of caution: The word is out, so be prepared lớn queue up, as it’s usually busy.

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HO CHI MINH CITY

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Banh Mi Huynh HoaAddress: 26 Le Thi Rieng Str, Pmê say Ngu Lao

If you ask someone for the best banh ngươi in Ho Chi Minh City, this will probably be where they sover you. It’s very popular, likely because they absolutely pile on the fillings. Get ready for a feast: There are so many layers of pate, meat, veggies và cilantro, và the pickled daikon and carrots may just blow you away.

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HANOI

Banh Mi Pho HueAddress: No 118A, Hue Str

This could be the best banh mày sandwich in all of Hanoi, according to lớn locals. The cửa hàng has been open since 1974, and the pate is especially delicious.

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Banh Mi MocAddress: 27 Han Thuyen Str, Hoan Kiem

There are lots of different pork rolls at this shop, and all of them are what banh mày dreams are made of.

Banh Mi 25Address: 25 Hang Ca Str

Locals and tourists alike floông xã to this go-khổng lồ banh mày cửa hàng. The baguettes here are always crunchy (which is not always the case), và the service is great too. It’s even got vegetarian options (just ask for “banh mày chay”).

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Banh Mi PateAddress: trăng tròn Cha Ca Str

Speaking of vegetarians, this spot has especially delicious meat-không tính tiền options too. 

Banh Mi TramAddress: 252 Cua Nam Str, Hoan Kiem

While all of the banh ngươi sandwiches here are on point, this spot is best known for its Bordelaise sauce banh ngươi. Yum. 

Got all that? Now go and find the banh mày of your dreams on a small group adventure in Vietphái mạnh.