Banh Mi in Hoi An
Famous in the whole of Vietnam but particularly good in Hoi An, one can’t visit the town without stopping by one of those street stalls selling bánh mì. (En: Baguette sandwich)
Pretty decent fix for a breakfast, there are plenty of different recipes either based of meet / paté depending on the ‘banh mi lady’ they either ask you what you want in your banh mi or they decide for you.
Or there is also the more classic banh mi op la (baguette with fried eggs), often served with herbs and soya sauce.
Banh mi op la
For banh mi op la my favourite address is at 76 Nguyen Truong to street, it’s a 10 minutes walk from the center but worth a visit. A banh mi op la here is very good and I would say as good as others in Hoi An (you can’t really go wrong with fried eggs) but the thing I like about this place is that she does NOT apply ‘white tax’ so you will be paying exactly the same price as local people. The owner, Ms. Diem is a very nice person as well and speaks good English.
Banh mi op la with 2 eggs cost = 15,000 vnd
I think when you have lived in Hoi An maybe too long like me, you get like a big ‘high’ when the price you are given on your first visit are the local prices instead of having to build up a relation with the owner to gradually come down the foreign price ladder. So, decent banh mi and no surprise price. I think she deserves a mention.
Banh mi thit (En: meat)
Plenty of choice around and generally speaking most are good and some are even better. The banh mi’s in the outskirts of town are obviously more centered towards Vietnamese clients so the piece of meat used might not please everyone but the ones closer to town no problem. The banh mi, I tend to go to is banh mi Khanh aka the banh mi Queen, I can’t describe all that is in her banh mi’s but its very good, and that’s all that matters. Like many Vietnamese people, she has decided to make an extra filled banh mi for foreigners as we are ‘very fat’ compared to locals, I think she charges tourists around 25,000 vnd for this banh mi with egg and meat which is acceptable as the local size is no where near as full, she claims that she charges the same to locals and foreigners honestly I can’t tell until maybe one of the readers of this blog tries, we need an outsider…
Banh mi Phuong is another great banh mi in town and recently got a bit of fame for her ‘work’. A famous American chef, Anthony Bourdain went there and wrote a lot about her banh mi’s. (source: http://bellasupiana.com/tag/anthony-bourdain-hoi-an-banh-mi-phuong/ )
Great banh mi but a lot less friendly than the banh mi queen which is probably why I tend to go to the other one. Watch out for the prices a bit more, I have heard all kinds of ‘inflations’.
Banh Mi Khanh (The Queen) – Address: 115 Tran Cao Van street, Hoi An
Banh Mi Phuong – Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh street, Hoi An
Oulala Doner kebab Hoi An – Address: 187 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hoi An
- Empty baguette – 3,000 vnd
- Banh mi op la – 15,000 vnd
- Banh mi with meat – 10,000 to 20,000 vnd