Bánh mì is the Vietnamese word for bread or baguette but unlike the traditional French baguette, the Vietnamese baguette is made from a mixture of rice and wheat flour. The result is somehow airier than its Western counterpart, and also it features a thinner crispier crust.
Bánh mì is very easy to buy from bakeries or roadside hawkers alongside many busy streets and markets.
In Vietnamese cuisine, bánh mì is typically made into a sandwich known as bánh mì kẹp or bánh mì Sài Gòn or eaten alongside dishes such as bò kho (a beef stew) and phá lấu or even dipped in condensed milk (see Sữa Ông Thọ).
We would like to thank Yeanly from Bake With Paws for kindly letting us use one of her beautiful banh mi pictures. If you like baking and want to learn more about the craft, check out her blog: www.bakewithpaws.com.