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There's the banh mi and there are these variations in Saigon

Vietnam's banh mi has achieved well deserved renown as a delicious street food staple, but Saigon offers the quintessentially Vietnamese sandwich with fillings far more appetizing than the standard one.Even the most jaded palette will be tickled by the six different types of banh mi described below.

Banh mi with shumai

Shumai balls are made with minced pork, spices and other ingredients to achieve a soft, crunchy, and moist texture. The broth it comes in might be sweet and sour or made with fresh coconut water. You can enjoy the shumai with a few slices of cucumber, coriander and chili pepper after dipping the banh mi in the sauce.

Banh mi, variations in Saigon, well deserved renown, delicious street food staple, quintessentially Vietnamese sandwich, different types

Recommended spots: 1/17 Hoang Dieu Street (District 4) or the corner of Hoang Dieu – Nguyen Tat Thanh Street; 397 Phan Xich Long (Phu Nhuan District); and 782 Nguyen Kiem (Go Vap District).

Banh mi with shredded pork skin

Banh mi with shredded pork skin has long been considered Saigon's best breakfast option by sandwich aficionados. The combination of shredded pork skin and sweet and sour fish sauce is unbeatable, foodies say. The delicacy is a mixture of shredded pork skin and roasted rice powder, offering a fragrant, crunchy, flavorful, but not overly rich taste. The seller frequently cuts the banh mi in half and stuffs it with shredded pork skin, pickles, scallion oil and a well-balanced sweet, sour, spicy and salty fish sauce.

Recommended spots: Corner of Ngo Thoi Nhiem and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Streets (District 3); 150 Nguyen Trai (District 1).

Banh mi with shredded fried fish cakes

A loaf of banh mi with shredded fish cakes has become a regular start to a new day for many Saigon residents because it is available across the city. The crunchy, chewy fried fish cake and chili garlic sauce that is stuffed into a hot banh mi is yummy and a perfect start to the day, fans say. To spice things up further, the seller also includes cucumber, Vietnamese coriander, chili sauce, and slices of fresh chili pepper.

Recommended spots: 12 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai (District 1); 187 Vinh Vien (District 10); 19 Dao Duy Anh (Phu Nhuan District); 68 Le Van Tho (Go Vap District); 35 Phan Boi Chau (Binh Thanh District); and 115 Nguyen Cong Tru (District 1).

Banh mi with roasted pork belly

Crispy roasted pork belly is the major ingredient of this dish, of course. Its crispy outer part and fatty inner part never fails to win the foodie over. The vendor adds cucumber, pickles, chilli and a special sauce that makes the dish even more flavorful.

Banh mi, variations in Saigon, well deserved renown, delicious street food staple, quintessentially Vietnamese sandwich, different types

Recommended spots: 3 Nguyen Thuong Hien (District 3); 58 Dong Ho (Tan Binh District); 46 Tran Quy (District 11); 189 Pham Phu Thu (District 6); and 102 Au Co (Tan Binh District).

Banh mi with grilled beef wrapped in piper lolot leaves

Crispy roasted pork belly is the major ingredient of this dish, of course. Its crispy outer part and fatty inner part never fails to win the foodie over. The vendor adds cucumber, pickles, chilli and a special sauce that makes the dish even more flavorful.

Recommended spots: 3 Nguyen Thuong Hien (District 3); 58 Dong Ho (Tan Binh District); 46 Tran Quy (District 11); 189 Pham Phu Thu (District 6); and 102 Au Co (Tan Binh District).

Banh mi with grilled beef wrapped in piper lolot leaves

Perhaps the most popular banh mi in Saigon is the "ordinary" one with ham and pork bologna sausage. In addition to the crusty outer layer, depending on the store, the seller adds pâté, ham, pork, homemade Vietnamese mayo and shredded chicken, not to mention pickled vegetables, coriander and chili pepper.

Recommended spots: 363 Hai Ba Trung (District 3); 68 Ham Nghi (District 1); 26 Le Thi Rieng (District 1); and 402/3 Le Van Sy (District 3).

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Source: VnExpress

Banh mi, variations in Saigon, well deserved renown, delicious street food staple, quintessentially Vietnamese sandwich, different types
 
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