Banh Mi is a typical street food in Vietnam. Most notably, Banh Mi Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is highly appreciated as the most delicious one in the world. With the mix of western and eastern culinary cultures, it creates a special flavour characterizing for Banh Mi in Vietnam. In your Vietnam tours, it is such a pity if you do not enjoy a loaf of Banh Mi Saigon.
The first Banh Mi stall in Saigon
Actually, Banh Mi derives from the French baguette brought to Vietnam by French colonial. In the process of modification, Saigon people have processed Banh Mi in various styles, which makes it become a typical street food in Saigon and then throughout the country.
The first Banh Mi stall was named Hoa Ma. These days, it is located near crossroads of Cao Thang street and Nguyen Dinh Chieu street with an old sign faded over the years. In the past, Banh Mi Hoa Ma was the favourite food of most officials in Ban Co area and Do Thanh residence. Besides, foreign tourists also visited this stall to savor the special taste and see the difference between Banh Mi Vietnam and their countries’ sandwiches. Up to now, Banh Mi Hoa Ma has existed for 50 years since its establishment. A lot of people claim that its owner is the first Vietnamese person to sell Banh Mi meatloaf in Saigon.
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The peculiar feature of Banh Mi Saigon
Banh Mi Saigon has its own appearance and taste. Each loaf is not big but it supplies an adequate ration for a meal. As for its identities, the crust is very crispy and the crumb is thick enough to not losing appetite when eating. Especially, Saigon people often like serving their daily foods with vegetables. Therefore, they vary the taste of Banh Mi by adding a few slices of cucumber, white radish, pickled carrots, a few stalks, cilantro and chili to make it flavorous and a bit spicy.
The best sandwich in the world
Banh Mi is an affordable street food so you can find it on any streets of Saigon. Today, Banh Mi is not only served for breakfast but also for lunch and dinner. It seems to become a Vietnamese culinary brand that any tourist must taste when being in Vietnam trips.
Banh Mi is favoured to keep the Vietnamese name worldwide. It has presented in five continents including Asia, America and Australia. In recent years, it has been praised by a lot of well-known newspapers and tourism blogs. Some of them are BBC, The Culture Trip, Zester Daily and Price Of Travel. In 2011, the word “Banh Mi” was added in Oxford Dictionary. In 2012, Guardian, the famous British newspaper, voted for Banh Mi and listed it in the top 10 most attractive and delicious street foods in the world.