Bánh mì is a Vietnamese sandwich. Technically, I believe the term is the Vietnamese word for bread, but it is commonly used now to describe a type of sandwich which is made using a baguette (introduced to the country by the french during colonial times)and filled with a variety of ingredients such as roasted pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, grilled pork, spreadable pork liver pâté, chicken, sardines, meatballs, head cheese, fried eggs, and tofu.
I had 'The Classic', which is Vietnamese pork, American ham, French country pate, mayonnaise, cucumber, pickled daikon (Asian radish) and carrots, coriander and jalapeño. On the owner's recommendation, I added a mixture of hoisin sauce and their own hot sauce, which is a sweeter version of Sriracha hot sauce. The result was a heady combination of Vietnamese and western flavours which made for a great mouthful of food. My only criticism is that the meat was lunch meat, not fresh grilled pork or chicken, like you get in Vietnam. Still, lip-smackingly delicious.
Description: Vietnamese pork, American ham, French country pate, mayonnaise, cucumber, pickled daikon (Asian radish) and carrots, coriander and jalapeño Bánh mì
Location: Saigon Sister, Chicago
Companion: Fiancée's cousin