Dreaming of Bahn Mi


Banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich made with a French-inspired baguette, small slices of pickled carrots, daikon, onions, cilantro, and choice of meat or tofu/wheat meat. The contrasting flavors and textures of the sandwich make it a popular item.

The sandwich can be found in small banh mi shops in Vietnamese American communities such as Little Saigon in San Diego, Houston, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The ingredients in a Vietnamese sandwich vary most notably in their meat selections. The most common varieties are bánh mì gà made with chicken, bánh mì bì made with shredded pork and roasted rice powder, bánh mì thit nuong made with barbecued pork, and bánh mì xíu mai made with crushed pork meatballs. Also available is bánh mì chay, a vegetarian option, usually made with tofu or wheat meat.

Goddammit. I’m STARVING!


One Response to “Dreaming of Bahn Mi”

  1. […] perusal of Momofuku, a book chronicling the rise of chef David Chang, I decided to go for the quasi-Banh mi sandwich, and got started with pickling that massive Moby Dick of a root, along with some […]

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