In Vietnamese language the word “Bánh mì” ( or bánh mỳ in northern Vietnam ) means plain “bread” but in daily vernacular communication it is commonly understood as a meat-filled sandwich called “bánh mì kẹp” also known as “bánh mì Sài Gòn” after the city in which it was popularized.
However there is one variation of “bánh mì kẹp” that stands out. Bánh Mì Ốp La or the Vietnamese sandwich with eggs.
Vegetarian “bánh mì kẹp”
As the name suggest, instead of usual meat filings, fried eggs (or omelette) are being used, giving the sandwich a very distinct taste and providing us with a whole new culinary experience. Vegetables like carrots or cucumbers remain. For stronger taste, soy sauce or chili capsicum is added.