Travelblogue: Saigon sandwich king


For a person who likes sandwiches, there’s nothing better than a Vietnamese pork roll or Banh Mi Thit.

Imagine warm, freshly baked baguette, filled with roast pork belly, pork terrine, slathered with liver pate and mayonaise, brightened with pickled carrots, cucumbers; the bite of raw spring onion, chilli and cilantro…and of course a delicate sprinkling of fish sauce.

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The very thought of this amazing sandwich was enough to drive us onto the streets shouting “Baaagguuete! Baaagguuete!” And when you find a place with a good Banh Mi, you immediately buy as many of them as you think you can eat, and make sure you return every day of your stay.

Stacks n Stacks

No less than 10 Banh Mi in every order

When you bite into the sandwich, the hearty richness of liver in the pate mingles with the pungent aroma of fish sauce to create pure ‘umami’ – or the fifth taste as the Japanese call it (an addition to the basic sweet, sour, bitter, salty). It’s the feeling of completeness that rounds out the taste of the food and makes it whole; and it perpetrates your entire mouth. Where you can’t help but to close your eyes and concentrate on nothing but the sensation taking over your palate. I like to call it “an orgasm in your mouth” – not so refined as the Japanese way, but a darn accurate description of the what’s going on on your tongue. A good piece of sushi will do that to you, and so will this Banh Mi…

It took 2 people to make the 10 Banh Mi we ordered

It took 2 people to make the 10 Banh Mi we ordered

what goes in

There are lots of things that you can put into your Bahn Mi including cheese, egg and a host of other weird meat by-products. But the basics rock pretty good without it. Notice all the pickles and fresh herbs, as well as the pork terrine and roast belly.

magical sauce

A sprinkle of the magical sauce. I think this was a soy and fish sauce mix.

Almost seems to be 'glowing' with it's magic no? ;)

A little goes a long way

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Mmm...Umami in every bite. I couldn't resist and had a leftover banh mi at midnight (after a full dinner). My tummy wasn't too happy and neither was my sleeping companion (for the crumbs all over the bed) but it was worth it!

address

The shop. They also bake their own bread.

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About Mizdee

Food, food, food. Apart from love, it's the other thing that makes the world go round. When I'm sad it's a comfort, when I'm happy it's a celebration and when I'm not hungry, it's just greediness. But hey! Why not? Life is short too pass up a good meal.

3 comments

  1. Dear Miz Dee!
    Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
    Thank you so much for visiting my sushi Blog and commenting!
    Check http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/ for more fun!
    Keep me informed of any new posting!
    Lovely blog (and owner? LOL)
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles

    • Miz Dee

      Hello from Singapore Robert!
      Like that your posts are so informative about Japanese food.
      Keep it up! Us non-Japanese Jap food lovers need something like that ;)
      See you on Foodbuzz

      Denise

  2. hi greetings to u from Malaysia..
    Your picture reminded me of the trip to Ho Chi Minh, i went there last year and i tasted what u posted above.. hhmmm.. now seeing the photo, i wish i can have a bite at the sandwich again!

    my food blog is at http://www.letswallop.blogspot.com

    warm regards,
    http://www.reanaclaire.com

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