On March 24, 2011, the word ” Banh Mi” was included in the Oxford English Dictionary. The world’s first English dictionary and explains that it is Vietnamese food. “Banh Mi” (specifical sandwiches) is made up of sliced bread, including pate, meat, vegetables, sauce, chili sauce .
It appears to be a street food that any international visitor to Hoi An has to love, having to try it once a time. Not expensive, only cost about $ 1 you can fully enjoy a bread with a crunchy crust. The inside is very light, smooth with a lot of internal ingredients such as pate, ham, coriander. It is surprising that it is one of the best street food in Vietnam. And Hoi An seems to be the home of Vietnamese bread. So there are long-standing shops that make the best sandwiches of the world.
Banh mi Phuong is a long-standing brand in Hoi An. Starting from a small shop, it has now become a restaurant serving many specialty dishes of Hoi An and of course, their bread is one of the most outstanding and memorable dishes. In this article, we will also learn about this brand and enjoy it to know why people choose it as the best bakery here.
History of Hoi An Bread
Banh Mi first appeared in Vietnam on small streets in the late 1950s in Hoi An. At that time Hoi An and Da Nang was a foreign trade port between Vietnam and Europe. Vietnamese bread is inspired by French baguette bread. Later, the Vietnamese added other ingredients and spices to create a Vietnamese sandwich.
Amazing! Only by replacing European flavors with Vietnamese ingredients, Vietnamese people have created a separate dish according to the Vietnamese taste that captivates all foreign tourists coming to Hoi An.
In 2016, “Banh Mi“, ” Pho” and “Bun Cha” were ranked in the top 100 world-famous dishes, announced by the World Record Alliance – Wordkings and the World Top Institute.
Why does it have name “Banh Mi Phuong”?
In Vietnam, the names of restaurants or brands are usually a combination of the name of the founder of that brand and the product name. And you can easily understand that the owner of this restaurant is Phuong with the product is “Banh Mi”.
So who is this Phuong, who can make such a famous bread brand? Perhaps you are thinking that Mrs. Phuong must be a professional chef? And the interesting information in this article will make you very surprised about it.
Before creating the famous brand “Banh Mi Phuong”, Ms. Phuong was an elementary school teacher. Today, although she is the owner of one of the best banh mi brands in Hoi An, she still maintains her job as a teacher. Both a friendly teacher and an easy-going hostess.
She is a direct salesperson at one of her restaurants in Hoi An. In the beginning, “Banh mi Phuong” was just a small brand located on Phan Chau Trinh street, serving bread mainly to locals. With the appreciation of customers, the quality food, the brand is increasingly developing along with the strong development of Hoi An tourism. Today, Phuong bread has become well-known to both domestic and international visitors with numerous reviews of famous travel sites such as Tripadvisor and Lonely Planet.
What makes “Banh Mi Phuong” so special?
Anthony Bourdain, a famous American chef, also came here to enjoy Banh Mi in Hoi An. and when visiting and reviewing Banh Mi Phuong, he commented that Banh Mi Phuong is the best banh mi brand in Hoi An. And that makes “Banh Mi Phuong” even more attractive to international visitors.
Not a luxury restaurant, “Banh mi Phuong” on Phan Chu Trinh street only includes a glass cabinet full of food. And a few sets of tables and chairs for guests to enjoy. The first impression of any visitor coming to Phuong bread is simplicity. It’s like every street food restaurant you encounter in Vietnam. And a long line of people is waiting to enjoy “Banh Mi”.
You will be surprised with the scene of customers queuing from early morning to late night, the restaurant is always full of diners. “Banh Mi Phuong” Restaurant has a second floor with a balcony overlooking the street with a fan and lots of tables and chairs.
Banh mi here is very diverse. You will have many choices of different fillings from cheese, sausages, pates, eggs, ham, grilled meat, chicken, … and a lot of vegetables such as cucumber, pickles, vegetables cinnamon, peppers, onions, etc. Topped with sauces made with a special recipe of the restaurant. On the other hand, you can also have a special option with a combination of all.
With the essence of Hoi An cuisine, the balance between flavors is the secret to making a delicious dish. A good ” Banh Mi” should have a balance between the amount of meat, the amount of vegetables and the special sauce recipe is extremely important. Crust must always be hot and crispy. And “Banh Mi Phuong” did that with their special recipe.
Where to enjoy “Banh Mi Phuong” Hoi An
Address: 2B, Phan Chau Trinh Street, Quang Nam Province, Viet Nam
Opening Hours: 6h – 21h everyday
Price: 15,000 – 60,000 VND (1 usd = 23,000 VND)
Banh mi is a great street food which you cannot miss when coming to the ancient city of Hoi An. In addition, Hoi An has many interesting things for you to explore this city. The following articles will help you have an interesting trip in Hoi An
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