Vietnamese Baguette – Bánh Mì

Vietnamese Baguette – Bánh Mì

Being introduced into Vietnam during the French colonization, the baguette has been named as ‘bánh mì’ since then, which usually has airier crumb and crispier crust than the French baguette due to the baking tools and technique.
Bánh mì – a short baguette with a thin, crispy crust and soft, airy texture. Photo: Google

What is ‘Banh mi’?

Bánh mì kẹp, which is a popular street food in Vietnam, is the term referring to the Vietnamese baguette stuffed with meat, vegetable, butter, one or two tablespoons of meat sauce, and chili sauce. Since the customers can choose from a wide variety of meat (fried egg, pate, grilled pork, pork roll, etc.) and vegetables (coriander, cucumber, onion, carrot, etc.) to fill inside the baguette, bánh mì kẹp is so flavourful, personalized and might easily satisfy anyone’s taste and preference.

Bánh mì kẹp. Photo by afamily

Apart from being such a delightful and convenient meal in Vietnam as mentioned above, plain bánh mì combined with sweetness makes a simple yet interesting snack. Whereas bread is commonly spread with butter and fruit jam in European countries, Vietnamese bánh mì has been known to be so compatible with condensed milk. Bánh mì is torn into small pieces and then dipped into condensed milk, creating a creamy sweet treat called bánh mì chấm sữa.

Bánh mì with condensed milk. Photo: Google

Silk Path’s Guide: Where to enjoy ‘Banh Mi’

Bánh mì, along with phở, bún, xôi and many other traditional dishes, should be included in the must-try food list of any visitors who want to discover the beauty and uniqueness of Vietnamese cuisine. Located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Silk Path Hotel Hanoi and Silk Path Boutique Hanoi will make it easier for you to walk through the city to find the best bánh mì in Hanoi.

● Address:  118A Pho Hue, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi
● Opening hours: 8 AM – 5 PM

● Address: 20 Cha Ca, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
● Opening hours: 7 AM – 10 PM

● Address: 25 Hang Ca, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
● Opening hours: 07:00 AM – 9:00 PM