Bánh mì

 is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. Bread, or more specifically the baguette, was introduced by the French during its colonial period. The bread most commonly found in Vietnam is a single serving baguette, therefore the term bánh mì is synonymous with this type of bread. The bánh mì is usually more airy than its Western counterpart, with a thinner crust. It is often associated with a set of sandwiches, often called Vietnamese sandwiches, that are made with the bánh mì.”

Source: Wikipedia, ‘Bánh mì’

This is a very bad picture of a very delicious bánh mìImage0146

It was taken in North Vancouver, at a delicious Vietnamese restaurant I used to frequent with some good friends from work.  Kirsten and I would often share one of these, and a small bowl of phở (unpictured because it’s too delicious to stop a take a picture of) and then roll back to work, full and happy for less than $5 each.  And those are Western prices . . . imagine how little it would cost in its country of origin???!!

This is something I intend to find out.  It won’t be this month, and likely not next month, but hopefully this year, 2014, I want to pay for a bowl of phở and a bánh mì in the local currency of their originating country . . . and then tell you how good they are.

All this, of course, is part of yet another wider-reaching, semi-hair-brained plan that undoubtedly will have 749625 versions before I actually see it through.  It will be an adventure, that’s for sure, and this time, I’m really hoping to make it happen.

 

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2 Responses to Bánh mì

  1. Stephanie says:

    I’ll tell you how much the bánh mi will cost – 10,000 VND at a street vendor! That’s about fifty cents.

    Vietnam is amazing. Highly recommend.

  2. Pingback: Vietnam! (it only took a year . . .) | The Travelling Twin

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