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Vietnamese-Styled Hoagie: Bánh Mì

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

Meat Lovers'

Meat Lovers’

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.

Rich and delicious

Rich and delicious

The store: Banh Mi Huyng Hoa

Store front: Banh Mi Huyng Hoa

 

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.

Personal Favorite

Personal Favorite

Thin, but well balanced

Thin, but well balanced

banhmihonghoastorefront

Store front: Banh Mi Hong Hoa

 

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About Linh

"I love to eat. I live to eat. I travel to eat." It only took a short amount of time for me to find out that the rat race, corporate life was not the life I want and that pushing papers was not as creatively stimulating as they advertised. As a result, I exchanged my suits for suitcases and setting on a year long journey to Southeast Asia. For each country I visit, my goal is to immerse myself in its culture and, of course, feast my way through all of its delicacies.
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