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Saigon’s baguette (bánh mỳ Sài gòn)

Vietnamese love bread, especially baguette! It probably comes from history when French culture, cuisine have influence on our lifestyle! I’m not an exception! I love to bake bread but not really now!

If beef noodle, broken rice are our favorite breakfast, bread or as we say “bánh mỳ” is on the top, because it’ mobile, easy to take away! We love our bánh mỳ and have it around the clock!

Before we have bread only with Vietnamese pork ham (chả lụa), pâté, chicken floss, sunny side up egg…but now more choices! From canned fish with tomato sauce, traditional pork skin (bánh mỳ bì) with fish sauce, meat ball (bánh mỳ xíu mại), fish cake (bánh mỳ chả cá), roasted pork (bánh mỳ thịt quay),  stew intestine (bánh mỳ phá lấu), grilled pork (bánh mỳ thịt nướng) with sweet black soya sauce, chili sauce…!

By the way, just got a news that our bánh mỳ has been considered as one of the world’s best street food by Lonely Planet after long survey across the globe! Sounds nice! For more details pls check The Guardian UK under Travel!

Bread with favorite sunny side up egg (bánh mỳ ốp la)

But whatever we have now, I and many others are still loyal to the tradition, that’s why many bread stalls  in Sàigòn are famous for their bread with fantastic pâté, ham, pork or chicken…If you take a walk around some quarters in Saigon, you may find several small bread stalls, street vendors!
with fish cake
Bánh mỳ Như Lanin Hàm Nghi street (near to the tallest tower in HCMC – Bitexco Tower) is huge shop, but bread is no longer good as old times (when the owner used to sell from small stall at exactly the same place as now!)

Bánh mỳ Huỳnh Hoa in Lê Thị Riêng street (near to New World hotel, across round-about with black sculpture of a boy riding horse), open only from 4PM (!) to late midnight, or bread with chicken at Ngoc Sáng in Lý Tự Trọng, these places are good!

Bánh mỳ Hà Nội in Nguyễn Thiện Thuật street (10′ walk from Equatorial hotel) is also popular! Price for one bread is over 23,000 dong (more than 1 USD) at these places.

My favorite – bánh mỳ Huỳnh Hoa (26 Lê Thị Riêng – tel 39250885)
Sliced Vietnamese ham and jambon, chicken floss 
As said, you can buy from any bread stall around the town, look at display, if it’s full of many things (ham, pork, chicken floss (chà bông gà), canned fish with tomato sauce, pâté…) just select what you want, if not they will put everything: ham, pork to pâté into bread (we call bánh mỳ đủ thứ – bread with everything!), pickled vegetables (carrot and white radish), green onion, cucumber, coriander and red chili!

                      Bread with ham, pâté, pickled carrot & white radish, cucumber and chili! 

We continue to love bánh mỳ in our style, and we have now another choice: Subway!  It was first launched here from last year in backpack area (Phạm Ngũ Lão), one footlong costs around 8 USD, so I don’t know how hard is the battlefield between ours and American style bread in the future! If we compare 1USD vs 8 USD, especially during this global economic crisis! But who know, young people love to challenge something new, love to be trendy in their style! Eating Subway would be a new trend
to them!
Anyway it would take long time for Subway to gain a better market share in this market, where our Saigon’s bread has long roots in the history!

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