8 Places for Best Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches

Vietnam is well known all over the world for a wide range of street side dishes, among which banh mi is the most famous with inspiring history and genuine flavor attracting any tasters.

This post about banh my may be useful for those who are visiting Vietnam but find it hard to search for exact locations of famous delicious-healthy-cheap street side stalls that are well worth your money and experience.

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Vietnamese sandwich baguette - Hà Nội

1. Nguyên Sinh - 19 Lý Quc Sư
Nguyên Sinh is a long-standing brand name, whose "predecessor" even dates back to the French domination and this is one the very first Western restaurant open by Vietnamese people in Hanoi. The most striking type of banh my here is filled with liver paté. A loaf of bread may consist of 10 accompanying items as its fillings, such as liver paté, ham, sausages, coriander, chili sauce, etc. It is because of the traditional recipe, sweet smell and typical flavor that satisfy even the most difficult customers. Due to its long tradition, and special recipe, Nguyen Sinh sandwich baguette has extraordinarily higher price over other bread stalls and brand names. What impress most here are delicious, good quality banh mi and improving services.

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2. Đình Ngang – 252 Hàng Bông, intersection between Đình Ngang and Ca Nam Street

Shining in the list of delicious banh mi stalls in Ha Noi, Dinh Ngang is extremely popular among banh my lovers. In fact, ingredients of a loaf of bread are not so special, including pate, fatty char siu, fried egg meatloaf, cucumber slices, sousing with viscous orange soup. However, it is the sauce that elevates the sandwich baguette, making it extraordinarily delicious thanks to an extremely harmonic combination of salty, sweet, fatty but fresh flavors.

3.         Ph Huế - 118 A Ph Huế, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Ni

Banh mi Pho Hue has been praised by Geoffrey Deetz – a chef and Vietnamese food expert who’s been living in the country for nearly 15 years. The article “Is the banh mi the world’s best sandwich?” on BBC described this loaf of bread as follows: “The banh mi sandwiches in Hanoi are much more one dimensional than other parts of the country [...] But so many things in here have a function: the pork floss soaks up the sauce, the pate adds moisture and the fact that the baguette is lightly toasted keeps it from getting soggy in this immense humidity”. David Farley also commented: “This banh mi was radically different, true. But it was just as good as the sandwiches I’d eaten elsewhere. The crunch of bread was followed by an interplay of porky goodness with a slight kick of spice.  It was more like a meat sandwich. I loved it!”.

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Vietnamese sandwich baguette - Hi An

4. Bánh mì Phượng - 2B Phan Châu Trinh, Hi An

“The best banh mi sandwich in the world” is the most honorable name awarded to Banh mi Phuong by tourists in Hoi An. There are no better words to describe banh mi here but “amazing”. Special taste, flavorful ingredients and delicious sauce all make it impressive for any local people who must enjoy at least one loaf of bread per week, let alone expatriate tourists who cannot forget but dream to come back and enjoy one more time.

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5. Bánh mỳ Madam Khánh - 115 Tran Cao Van Street, Hi An

At the age of 80 with over 30 years of experience, Mrs. Khánh has stuck all of her life time with the bread cabinet located on the sidewalk of Tran Cao Van Street, which has somehow affirmed her devotion to serving banh mi as well as her world class banh mi sandwich. Have a loaf of banh my Madam Khanh (or vegetarian banh mi if you prefer) and you will have a feeling of enjoying “all about Hoi An”. It is a matter of fact that Banh mi Madam Khanh carries Hoi An style, a mixture of tradition of Vietnam and modern characteristics of Western Europe, making it familiar to both local and foreign tasters.

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Vietnamese sandwich baguette - Sài Gòn

6. Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa - 26 Lê Th Riêng, District 1.

With 30,000 VND, you can buy a loaf of banh mi Huỳnh Hoa, a little bit high price, however, it is always crowded here. There are many different kinds of fillings such as ham, char siu, meatloaves, etc beautifully combining with butter and pate to create an overall sweet-smelling and delicious taste. Additional ingredients of salted shredded meat, radish prickles, fresh scallion, coriander and unique flavors contribute to formulate an amazing recipe, making it irresistible for any people passing by. Open time from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm on a daily basis.

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7. Bánh mì Nhân Ngãi - 97 Xô Viết Ngh Tĩnh, Bình Thnh District

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As a famous and long-standing brand name in Da Lat, right from its beginning in Sai Gon, Banh mi Nhân Ngãi has attracted considerable attention. However famous it is, in order to position itself in the sea of other brands of banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City, Nhân Ngãi has made a distinct difference by changing its own style and elevating a street side stall into a more spacious and convenient restaurant, escaping from the traditional image of Sai Gon street side banh mi.

And what make this banh mi sandwich so special in the city of fog lies in its fillings of shredded chicken. The chicken shreds are not too big nor tiny but medium enough to be fluffy and soft. When tasting, the chicken flavor is still real, not to be confused with other kinds of meat.

8. Bánh mì By Hổ - 23 Huỳnh Khương Ninh, District 1

It is believed that this street side banh mi has existed since 1930. Over 80 years, the banh mi cart has still been so ordinarily and simply located on the street side corner despite other blooming banh mi brands in Sai Gon. What makes it special for Saigon people and local residents in Huynh Khuong Ninh alley is pate and butter filled inside the banh mi sandwich. Open time is from 5:00 am to 10:00 am and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on a daily basis.

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