The Meat Lovers’ Version — Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa: Vietnamese-styled hoagie
- Address: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, P. Bến Thành, Q. 1, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
- Hours: 1 pm – 10 pm daily
- Dish and Cost:
- Bánh Mì Thịt – đầy đủ (Meat hoagie with all toppings included): 32,000 Dong ~ $1.50 USD
Personal Favorite Version — Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa: Vietnamese-styled hoagie
- Address: 62 Nguyễn Văn Tráng, P. Bến Thành, Q. 1, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
- Hour: 5 am – 9 pm daily
- Dish and Cost:
- Bánh Mì Thịt – đầy đủ (Meat hoagie with all toppings included): 17,000 Dong ~ $0.80 USD
The French may not have left many influences after their colonization in Vietnam, but I’m glad that the French baguette was one of the few things that stayed behind. It’s light, airy, and crunchy and it’s the perfect vessel to cradle the many layers of meat and vegetables. The combination of Vietnamese cold cuts such as sliced pork patties, ham, pork bellies, and pork floss with a thick smear of liver pâté elevate the baguette to another level. Sliced cucumbers, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, and chili peppers join the party on this vessel to balance out the richness from the homemade mayo and the meat.
Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa is the Meat Lovers’ Version because they load up the baguette with about 7 layers of meat. Be prepare for meat paradise.
Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa doesn’t have as much meat as the hoagie from Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa (above), but what it lacks in meat it makes up in the total overall flavor. Here, the pickled vegetables are more sour and crunchier to balance out the richness from the pâté and other cold cuts. I really think that the meat and the vegetables are playing harmoniously together. Not one item is out shining the other. Also, the restaurant is a baguette bakery/supplier for other stores, so you know you’ll get the freshest bread when you order. As much as I love the Meat Lovers’ version, I tend to gravitate towards this version and eat it once or twice a week.