I love anything that starts with "Banh" also known as bread. I was on the hunt for a good banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) as soon as I got to Vietnam. Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa is in an alley a couple blocks away from Ben Thanh market. As I approached the sandwich shop, I saw locals already leaving with bags full of sandwiches. The workers are rapidly executing each order that's coming through. With the stacks of meat laid out, I couldn't help but order two sandwiches for myself (33,000VND / $1.50 each). The BBQ and Combination with extra pate banh mi were so delicious.
To start off, the bread is flaky and crunchy on the outside, but soft inside. As I bit into the sandwich, bread crumbs would just fall off on my lap. The meat has so much flavor and the greens are as fresh as they get. I love the pickled daikons and carrots. It definitely cooled off my mouth after eating that spicy pepper in it. I ate -- devoured that banh mi to the point that I scraped the roof of my mouth. Altogether, it is a great combination that balances every part of the sandwich. The layers of flavors will leave you wanting for more.
Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa
26 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành, 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam