You probably already know that bánh mì literally means bread in Vietnamese and also that it’s available on almost every street here in the city. But what you may want to know is what to try during your visit. Well, I’ve got three types I’d recommend all within the center of Saigon.

The first place is known to locals as the “lesbian sandwich shop”, Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa. Not sure why it’s called that, but I am sure they make a damn tasty sandwich. And I’m not the only one that would tell you that. Just look at the lines. This was the scene right when they opened up. A small line forming out front with everyone waiting to get their hands on the classic sandwich we all know and love. That is, one filled with luncheon meat, pâté, and butter. Delicious!

But don’t worry, they’re pretty quick making the sandwiches. With several stations inside, you’ll get your order in about ten minutes tops. And a little piece of advice, you may see one line outside, there’s another line inside. Take a peek inside first before lining up.

 

This place is my top choice and the place you should check out if you had time for only one.

Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa

26 Lê Thị Riêng
Bến Thành, Quận 1
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
+84 28 3925 0885
banhmiomoi.com

The next one is a street cart located in an alley on the western part of District 1. Its name is basically the address, Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai. Though, you’ll smell the wonderful fragrance of the grilled pork about half a block away. That’s because, they are grilling right there next to the sandwich cart to make their type of sandwich, bánh mì nem nướng. You’ll know you’re there when you spot the locals that stop by. There’s a spot to sit and eat here too. Though, seating is very limited.

 

Best time to avoid the lines was around 3pm. And if you sit here you may have to deal with a few scooters that come through.

Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai

37 Nguyễn Trãi
Bến Thành, Quận 1
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Finally, there is Bánh Mì Hoà Mã. A place that serves up eggs and ham along with your bánh mì. It has a storefront with seating along side the alley. It seems to be busy all day and you may have to wait to get a table, which is meant for two to three people. Just put your name down and wait for a spot to open up because this isn’t the type of meal you take home. It’s best to sit there and eat. Trust me.

Bánh Mì Hoà Mã

53 Đường Cao Thắng
Phường 17, Quận 3
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

So those the recommendations for some wonderful bánh mì sandwiches in Saigon. Enjoy!

Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa

It may not look like much, but this was the best tasting sandwich I've had here. The bread is very light and crispy, while doing an unbelievable job keeping all the ingredients in check. There's a whole lot of meat inside with a generous amount of pâté and butter. So that means, it's a pretty filling sandwich. And don't worry about the peppers, it's not too spicy. Unless of course, you don't care for the stuff.

35,000 VND

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Bánh Mì 37 Nguyễn Trã

Here's the bánh mì nem nướng. It's a sandwich stuffed with those grilled pork patties. Made right on the spot, you'll want to take a seat nearby and bite right in. The grilled pork tastes so good right off the grill. The only thing is it's a bit dry. Probably because it doesn't have pâté and butter. Still, you should give this sandwich a try.

30,000 VND

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Bánh Mì Hoà Mã

The bánh mì ốp la will start any morning off right with eggs, ham, sausage, tofu and that lovely crispy soft bread. And don't forget that side of butter, pâté, and pickled vegetables. It's so good you may order another loaf. Oh and here's a tip, sprinkle some of the soy sauce onto the eggs. For all you Asians, it's like Maggi with your eggs. Yeah, it's like heaven.

60,000 VND

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The OxPosted July 11, 2017 By the hungry ox


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