Banh mi, or bread in Vietnamese, was developed in the 1950s as Vietnam’s own interpretation of the Baguette.
It is a classic marriage of ingredients from both East and West – Baguette, Pate, and Mayo from their French colonial past and local ingredients such as pork, grilled chicken and cilantro. In Hanoi, a freshly made Banh mi makes for a great option as breakfast on-the-go.
Street vendors selling this staple are commonplace. The vendor selling this scrambled egg Banh mi set up her stall at the market right outside the Ancient Lane Hotel in Hanoi. The aroma of the freshly made dish was irresistible.
The scrambled egg was prepared on the spot using a tiny frying pan with ingredients that undoubtedly involved fish sauce and pepper. The cooked egg was then stuffed into the lovely Baguette.
The warm bread was soft yet crunchy on the outside, with some thinly-sliced cucumber, a bit of cilantro and a squeeze of chilli sauce completing one of the simplest form of Banh mi.
It turned out to be a lovely breakfast, and one that would go well with local coffee for sure. Banh mi stalls can be found pretty much everywhere in Hanoi. This version cost 15,000 VND.
Banh Mi Stall
Ngõ Tạm Thương, Cửa Đông,
Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
GPS: 21.031808, 105.847593
The article first appeared in www.KYSpeaks.com
Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at www.KYSpeaks.com