Bánh mì thịt – a Vietnamese crunchy bread roll with pork meat, pate and vegetable inside

Vietnamese name: Bánh Mì Thịt

Banh Mi Ngon Vietnam

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In the Vietnamese language the wordBánh mì” ( or Bánh Mỳ in North Vietnam ) means plain “bread” however, in daily vernacular it is commonly understood as a crunchy, baguette-like, bread roll, generously filled with meat and vegetables. It’s super popular among Vietnamese as their take-way fast-food snack. It’s not as filling as our western-style burger but because it’s so cheap (around 15000VND / 0.6USD) it’s easy to get two of them to make sure it leaves your belly full.

A more accurate but less common name name is bánh mì kẹp” or bánh mì Sài Gòn” after the city in which it was popularized.

Banh Mi - Vietnamese Sandwich

Bánh mì thịt – the crunchy baguette-like bread roll with meat and vegetables

The most popular variety of Vietnamese “bánh mì ” sandwich is bánh mì thịt, where thịt means “meat”. As the name implies, it’s made with various Vietnamese cold cuts, such as sliced pork or pork belly, chả lụa (pork sausage), and cheese, along with the liver pâté and vegetables such as shredded carrots and cucumbers.

Bánh mì thịt - Vietnamese Baguette

A bánh mì bread typically consists of one or more meats, accompanying vegetables, and condiments (see images below).

Bánh mì - Fillings and ExtrasBánh mì - Fillings and Extras

See also: Vietnamese sandwich with eggs – Bánh Mì Ốp La