Banh mi Hoi An (Hoi An sandwich) has been listed among the world’s Top 10 sandwiches by Austrian travel website Traveller, together with well-known American cheeseburgers, English bacon butties, and Japanese Katsu Sando.
Hoi An sandwich.
The site also recommended addresses selling the best banh mi in town: Madam Khanh - the Banh Mi Queen (115 Tran Cao Van Street), who it says lives up to her billing, and Banh Mi Phuong (2B Phan Chu Trinh Street), which has Hoi An’s best pork roll. Banh mi is tasty everywhere in Vietnam, not just Hoi An. Earlier this year, it was selected as one of the best street food in the world by the UK’s Rough Guides.
Last year, Pho and Bun Cha, Banh Mi was listed among the world’s Top 100 most delicious food by the World Records Union (Worldkings). Banh mi is found literally everywhere. It was street food long before street food became an obsession.
Readily available, convenient, and a bargain at VND10,000-25,000 (about a dollar), banh mi is now the most common breakfast in the country. It can also be a yummy midday meal or even dinner for those too busy to cook at home and it also makes a nice change from rice.
Based on various ingredients and eating habits, banh mi tastes different in different parts of Vietnam. But there are some commonalities. The “classic” banh mi appeared a few decades ago and though many have brainstormed a better baguette the original still stands strong.