Banh Mi Tam Restaurant, Hai Phong


Originally a dish of Western origin, but the quintessence and unceasing creativity in popular Vietnamese bread – Banh ngươi – has made it identified và strongly marked on the world culinary maps.

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How to lớn pronounce Banh Mi?

The correct writing Banh mi in Vietnamese is Bánh mì or Bánh mỳ.

The word “banh mi” was officially added lớn the Oxford dictionary, confirming a proper noun: “Bread” – Banh mi is pronounced /ˈbɑːn miː/, meaning a sandwich consisting of a baguette, that is traditionally baked with both rice & wheat flour, filled with a variety of ingredients, typically including meat, pickled và fresh Vietnamese vegetables, & chili peppers.

This private name becomes a pride of the diners who love Vietnamese food.

History of Banh Mi Vietnam

Compared khổng lồ other specialties of the S-shaped land, the bread originated from overseas. But the filling is very Vietnamese.


At the beginning of the 19th century, the French brought the baguette to lớn Gia Dinh (Saigon) lớn satisfy their culinary delights.

To create many delicious & hot loaves of bread to lớn serve sầu the needs of the upper class, they built the first briông chồng bakery oven in Vietnam giới.

This French-origin bread quickly gained popularity. That time was when the Saigon people processed the baguette into typical Vietnamese bread with a length of only about 30-40 centimet.

The closed structure of the bakery oven, allowing the steam to lớn be retained, makes the baguettes more hollow, the soft inner while the outer shell is crispy. This characteristic also creates the quality identity of Vietnamese bread compared to the Western baguette.

But Vietnamese sandwiches were only really shaped when Mr. Hoa và Ms. Tinc opened a cửa hàng Hoa Ma (53 Cao Thang, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minch City) selling Banh ngươi in 1958.

Banh Mi Hoa Hoa Shop |

Because Mrs. Tinch used to lớn work for a đam mê company specializing in supplying products khổng lồ French restaurants in Hanoi. When moving khổng lồ Saigon, they opened a siêu thị selling sandwiches with si to serve local people.

Initially, the cửa hàng also served a foreign style of sandwiches with the yêu thích on the plate, và the diners used knives và forks. But then, recognizing that not everyone had time to lớn sit down to lớn eat, the owners of Hoa Ma bakery shop added the fillings into bread loads for buyers to lớn carry.

Development of Banh Mi in Vietnam

Today’s bread becomes the well-known fast food of all people because of its diversity, convenience, và affordable price.


Students & busy civil servants have sầu liked the selling approach of Hoa Ma siêu thị because they can bring the bread easily.

Later, many meat sandwich shops have sầu begun to appear in Saigon and had been maintained until today, such as Bay Ho bread, Hoang Hoa bread, & thousands of stalls selling all kinds of meat, canned fish, grilled pork, etc.

Living with time and life, bread has been present inall areas in Vietnam.It is Vietnameseized khổng lồ satisfy a variety of diners: The inside bread is thinner & softer, the crust is thickening, the kích cỡ of the cake is also smaller than 2-3 times, being convenient to carry.

There is no need for customers to park their vehicles to go inlớn the cửa hàng. They vị not need a seat, just wait around 5 or 10 minutes khổng lồ buy some delicious sandwiches lớn take away.

In the morning, students can sit behind their parents’ motorbikes to eat bread lớn make it in time for school. Officers quickly eat bread for lunch, và workers can eat one in the evening for a hungry stomach.

The fast, compact, and customizable style of Banh Mi can knoông chồng down almost all other foods in the world.

Inside Vietnamese bread keeps all flavor of the city

Most people rethành viên the first taste of Vietnamese bread when eating it. As soon as having the first bite, you are delighted by the crunchy crust & get the soft feeling lượt thích a cốt tông cushion inside, which is tightening because of butter, pate, và sauces.


Specifically, various ingredients in the filling of Banh Mi include: Char siu, đắm say, spring rolls, fried eggs, pork skin, chili, fish balls, Vietnamese fish sauce, and vegetables. However, each store has its own secret, creating a specific taste.

The rich portion of the kernel will be balanced with a little sour taste of cucumbers, pickles, & popular Vietnamese herbs. All are covered with a magically crunchy crust, creating the tasty piece until the last bite.

Vietnamese bread has a perfect combination of flavors and textures: Salty, sweet, sour, spicy, crispy, chewy, soft, being an incredible fusion.

In this S-shaped strip of lvà, bread can be found in any city, any street, from the ordinary quarter lớn the busy commercial centers, from the sidewalks lớn luxury hotels. Interestingly, you can find different versions, taste various flavors, corresponding lớn the culinary characteristics of each thành phố & region.

Different flavor of Banh Mi at each region in Vietnam

You can easily find bread in any province on amap of Vietnam. The most interesting thing is that in each place, Banh Mi has its variations that make people enjoy the quality taste.

Banh Mi Hanoi

Banh ngươi Hanoi |

Banh Mi in Hanoi, for example, seems simpler than other places. You will hardly find a big bread full of meat & vegetables with so many ingredients in Hanoi, simply because people don’t like lớn eat that!

Traditional Hanoi bread includes only a little fragrant butter, liver pate, a little extra pork, tê mê, char siu, a few slices of spring rolls. Vegetables with it usually cover only coriander, cucumber, & the sauce will be traditional chili sauce that is often used lớn eat Pho.

But the traditional Hanoi bread is still surprisingly delicious because its crunch is perfectly matched with the taste of meat và spices. Everything inside the filling is not redundant at all.

Banh Mi Hai Phong

Banh mi Hai Phong |

Arriving in Hai Phong, you will be fascinated by the different versions. The tiny bread about two-finger kích cỡ still makes people fall in love with the fatty pate that is sprinkled with a kind of chili sauce of Hai Phong.

The small bread is always baked hot. So, you will feel the crunchy crust, the soft, spicy of the kernel. When eating Banh Mi Hai Phong, people often order a dozen khổng lồ taste.

Banh Mi Hoi An


In Hoi An, there are bread stalls that make international chefs have sầu lớn be surprised. Banh Mi Hoi An has its own quality variations when the bread has medium kích thước with a very crispy crust và the thick inside.

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Typically, the filling of Hoi An bread is extremely diverse, covering around ten ingredients: đắm đuối, sausages, pork belly, pork barbecue, chicken, eggs, cheese, pate, char siu meat, & plenty of herbs.

Also, the types of butter và sauces are prepared according to the special recipe of each bread cửa hàng. And the herbs of Tra Que village make Hoi An bread more fragrant. Once eating it, they will want to taste it again.

Biting a loaf of bread rich và harmonious in tropical flavors, you will easily understvà why Banh Mi Hoi An is so popular. And it appears more & more in the different cities in Vietphái nam và abroad.

From Hanoi, Hai Phong to lớn Hoi An, Da Lat, Saigon, the Vietnamese baguettes are not only a normal dish but also cover the culinary và the spirit of the locals in each area.

Banh Mi Da Lat

Banh mày Da Lat |

If you come to lớn Da Lat lớn eat banh ngươi, you will find that the bread here is made a little thicker. People will serve sầu Banh Mi with a cup of thiông chồng sauce & pork balls.

It means that you will find a different style of eating the bread, not holding all of the load, you need khổng lồ break và dip it with separated sauce.

The experience of eating bread in South Vietphái mạnh is different. Due lớn the favorable natural conditions, bread in the South often adds a lot of vegetables: cucumber, white radish, carrot, pickled carrots, a few stalks of onions, cilantro, and a few slices of chili.

Banh Mi Saigon và the southern bread

When tasting a meat bread in the South, you can get a crispy aroma, the sweetness of the flour, the fat of the butter, the taste of meat, rolls, pate, fish balls, canned fish.

All mixing with fresh vegetables mix up a nice Banh Mi. Therefore, bread in the South can be a substitute for rice, becoming the main dish.

In Saigon – a land of the intersection of different Vietnamese cultures, bread is lượt thích the hot tuy nhiên of the Vietnamese cuisine. Here, Banh Mi Saigon is not only a popular food but also a cultural feature, creating the diverse cuisine of the local needs.

Not only is meat bread with pickled vegetables and cilantro, but the Saigonese also have sầu many more variations of bread: fried baguette, roasted pork bread, omelet baguette, char siu bread, fish-ball banh mi.

The typical feature of Saigon bread is the taste of openness lượt thích the diversity of flavor, enthusiasm lượt thích crunchy crust, & a lot of kinds of wet sauces.

Moreover, even you can find tasty bread on the walking streets in Saigon. It is easy khổng lồ see a glass cabinet displaying ingredients, a charcoal oven lớn keep bread crunchy all the time, and another stove sầu lớn fry eggs or keep char-siu warm. When you come lớn that cabinet, you can get a nice Saigon sandwich.

A journey conquers the world

Banh Mi is also famous as Pho in Vietphái nam, but the path of bread is probably a spiral. That is a journey of a foreign dish re-created by Vietnamese people in quality ways.

Then, Banh Mi follows Vietnamese people to travel around the world & becomes one of the well-known Vietnamese street food.

The Vietnamese bread is honored và promoted by major international culinary truyền thông and experts, such as The Guardian, Đài truyền hình BBC, & chef Anthony Bourdain.

Indeed, Banh Mi has a perfect combination of Western cuisine & Vietnamese culinary. Banh Mi is very cthua to the sandwich but very sophisticated và mysterious, so the Vietnamese bread is still famous in a separate way.

Today, everywhere with large Vietnamese communities, you will find at least one bakery, such as Boys Banh Mi in Toronkhổng lồ, Banh Mi Thi-Thi in Calgary in Canadomain authority, or Banh Mi Ba & Mr. Banh Mi in Prague, Czech Republic.

In Malaysia, there is a brand of bread called O Banh Mi, and it is really to lớn become a favorite place for indigenous people. Also, Banh Mi Phuong Hoi An is available in Seoul, Korea.

In America, many Vietnamese people own famous banh mi shops, such as Banh Saigon in Thủ đô New York, Bun Mee in San Francisteo, & the famous Lee’s Sandwiches chain.

Vietnamese people are constantly improving và giving birth to lớn new variations lớn highlight the identity of Banh Mi Vietphái nam on the world culinary bản đồ.

Frequently asked questions about Banh Mi

How much can I pay for one Banh Mi?Banh Mi with nice fillings costs an average from 10,000 VND ~ 0.5USD to trăng tròn,000 VND ~ 1USD. However, you can find a mix of Banh Mi in Saigon costing 50,000VND – 60,000VND.

What vegetables are put inside Banh Mi?Banh mi uses many different kinds of Vietnamese vegetables. However, most people like lớn add coriander, hot mint, mint, và salad, adding the pickle of papaya and carrot.

What kind of meat is used for Vietnamese bread?Pork is the most popular meat used with Vietnamese bread. The chef cooks the pork in various ways, including grilled, well-cooked, & steamed. Besides, chicken is the second meat for Banh Mi in Vietnam.

Is Banh Mi healthy?In our opinion, it is almost yes, unless you cannot eat wheat flour. The good balance of Banh Mi comes from vegetables, meats, & wheat, creating healthy food for most diners.

Why is Banh Mi the best bread in the world?Banh Mi owns a crispy crust và soft inside, adding various ingredients. Specifically, its customizable features easily allow creating a suitable taste for each diner when sellers can add any ingredients as request.


Over 150 years of appearing in Vietnam, whether old or new, various variations of Banh Mi have sầu never disappointed culinary enthusiasts.

That attraction follows the rich culinary style in Vietphái nam, which attracts almost the locals and international tourists.

It is so exciting that you just need khổng lồ get out with a few steps, you can find a tasty Vietnamese bread. Everywhere in Vietphái nam, from the small alleys to the big restaurants, can give sầu you a flavorful bread with superly customizable ingredients.

So, when you travel to lớn Vietnam, vị not forget lớn stop at one local bread to taste the world-famous Banh Mi.

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And, always on the top các mục, sầu recommends you lớn stop at Banh Mi Phuong in Hoi An (2B Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam) lớn queue to buy the tastiest Banh Mi in the world.