Do not miss Banh mi- the world’s best sandwich in Hoi An
The UNESCO world heritage area of Hoi An’s ancient town is a popular place for tourists. Visitors coming to Hoi An are fascinated not only by the 15-19th century building which are well preserved and offer a glimpse into the former trading port but also by some fantastic food found in this picturesque area. Do not miss Banh mi in Viet Nam, the world’s best sandwich and Hoi An is said to be the home of Vietbam’s best Banh mi.
A banh mi is more than just a sandwich – at the basic level it’s a crispy long crunchy bun filled with layers of colour and texture that sing together like an chorus. And Hoi An is said to have to incredible places to have banh mi-some say that they make the best banh mi in Vietnam. And there some names that become extremely popular in Hoi An .
1. Banh mi Phuong, Hoi An.
Many among you surely know Anthony Bourdain, the famous American chef, author and television personality with “No Reservations” travel show. He came to Hoi An, ate banh mi Phuong and then claimed that it is a symphony in a sandwich. What makes banh mi here so special? This is crispy outside, soft and airy inside. Banh mi Phuong is a good combination of many ingredients together: pork liver pate, handmade mayonnaise, pork floss, grilled pork, head cheese, pork patty,…which are carefully chosen by madam Phuong. She wants to make sure that everything is fresh and good enough. When eating banh mi Phuong, you can find 5 tastes mingled together perfectly. More special than that is the secret sauce which is called magic sauce madam Phuong put inside the banh mi.
Madam Phuong can sell around 2,000 loafs of bread per day. Around noon and in the evening, it’s easy to see her restaurant is packed with people and outside of her shop, a long row of people are waiting. The price of a banh mi here is much cheaper than the one in your country going along with its good quality.
Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh street, near the crossroad of Phan Chau Trinh and Hoang Dieu.
Open time: 6 a.m – 10 p.m
2. Banh mi Khanh, Hoi An
Banh mi Khanh or The banh mi Queen is another famous banh mi in Hoi An. Madam Khanh is an old lady is over 80 years old but still very enthusiastic in making banh mi for locals and tourists. She makes banh mi very slowly and you may have wait for a long time to get the banh mi but then you will feel that it’s worth your wait. The ingredients inside are carefully prepared by herself: omelet, grilled pork, char siu, pork live pate, handmade mayonnaise, pickled papaya and carrot, chili sauce,…and her special sauce made from wood ear mushroom and tomato. She has received many pieces of paper which show tourists’ gratitude after eating her banh mi.
Add: 115 Tran Cao Van street
Open time: 6 a,m – 6:30 p.m
Price: 20,000 VND/loaf
3. Banh mi Lanh
Banh mi Lanh is not as well-known for tourist as banh mi Phuong or banh mi Khanh but it is more popular to locals in Hoi An. Banh mi made by madam Lanh is even said to be preferred to other banh mi in Hoi An including banh mi Phuong and banh mi Khanh. She just has a small cart on Cua Dai street with a plastic table and a couples of stools. Her secret is maybe in the pork liver pate which is wet, not solid like in the other shops. Madam Lanh’s banh mi has been known in the areas since the late 90s.With just from 10,000 – 20,000 VND, you will have a real tasty banh mi here.
Add: near Nam Quang pagoda
Open time: 6 a.m – 10 p.m
The importance of French influences on Vietnamese banh mi cannot be denied. However, with new flavors, new ingredients added, new combination and new size, Vietnamese banh mi give us an entirely new taste from French baguette. Hoi an is worth place where there is the best banh mi in Vietnam and in the world.