Our Banh Mi
The history of Banh Mi goes back to
French colonialism in Vietnam dating from the 1880s and lasting more than six decades. By the late 1880s, the French controlled Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which were collectively referred to as French Indochina.
Vietnam was one of France's most lucrative colonial possessions. During this period, the French’s influence permeated Vietnamese society. This was evident in many ways, such as building architecture, the way people dressed, religion and especially in the country’s cuisine.
There is nothing more enduring than the French baguette and the mixture of fresh vegetables and spiced seasoned meats, creating the iconic French/ Vietnamese sandwich, the “Banh Mi”
Since introduction of the French baguette, in the early 20th century, it became a staple of Vietnamese culture. By the 1950s, a distinctly style of the Banh Mi developed in Saigon, becoming a popular street food.
The French-Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches became an instant success and gained fame quickly throughout North and South Vietnam.
The Banh Mi is a savory sandwich fitting perfectly into the hustle and bustle of the Vietnamese culture.
Bánh mì sandwich consists of a Vietnamese single-serving baguette, split lengthwise and filled with various savory ingredients. This famous BANH MI sandwich became a staple food by the early 20th century.
Metropolitan areas are packed with people on bicycles, tricycles and motor bicycles. The Banh Mi is wrapped in paper making it a perfect to- go food that can be eaten at stop lights or a quick break at the street corner.
It started out as a breakfast item because it complimented the famous Café Sua Da, a Vietnamese ice coffee.
Now, Banh Mi is considering a national food much like an American hamburger eaten by people in all walks of life. Vietnamese consider the Banh Mi a national treasure.
We strive to incorporate the authentic flavors which make up the Vietnamese cuisine. mBanh Mi offers ten different types of sandwiches. Each banh mi features their own twist of flavors and spices, along with large assortment of meats to choose from. For example, the lemongrass tofu banh mi, a customer favorite, is completely vegetarian and highlights the famous lemongrass taste which Vietnam is known for.