Banh Mi for lunch in Vietnam is one of the most well known street foods. In fact French bread was first made in Vietnam to feed hungry soldiers as France’s empire spanned much of Southeast Asia from 1858 to its crushing defeat in the Dien Bien Phu battle in Vietnam in 1954.
While the French occupied Vietnam they got local Vietnamese to work in the boulangeries (bakeries), although they were often hidden away out back so customers wouldn’t know who was baking their bread.
Now 6 decades since the end of French colonial rule in Vietnam the French roll or baguette is more popular then ever and is one of the most widely recognised ‘street food’ options found as you wander around Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Banh Mi as it is known in Vietnam is a French roll, filled with an assortment of delicacies, most often pate’, fresh coriander and salad or BBQ pork with salad.
Our most recent visit to Saigon we saw modern versions of the street food stall emerging with clean stainless steel carts and professional signage on Banh Mi mobile carts.
Make sure you try one, a perfect on the go lunch!