1. Overview

Vietnamese cuisine is extremely sophisticated and unique, with countless delicious dishes that have created world-famous brands such as pho, banh mi, Hue beef noodle soup, fried spring rolls, Hanoi bun cha, etc.

In particular, banh mi is a Vietnamese dish not to be missed. It’s a baguette filled with different proteins, pate, and raw vegetables, accompanied by a rich sauce that’s crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside. Bread is suitable for any time of the day, regardless of breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

When coming to Hoi An Ancient Town, this place not only attracts you with its peaceful, ancient beauty but also with its famous Hoi An cuisine, especially the most delicious Banh Mi in the country. Hoi An banh mi is different from other places and is also the most famous street food for you to experience when you come here.

2. History of Vietnamese Banh mi

Banh mi appeared 130 years ago, from 1880 to 1954. The time when the French entered Vietnam and brought with them their culinary culture. When the French came to Vietnam, they needed to eat their way. That’s why the French carry flour every day to make cakes, cheese, coffee, and many other ingredients.”

Vietnamese bread was born out of the cultural interference between France and Vietnam. Long baguette with ham and butter or modified cheese. It is added, transformed into a smaller loaf, and filled with ingredients full of Vietnamese soul. These are herbs, onions, cilantro, pate, pork or chicken, a little sauce from the meat, sprinkled with salt, pepper, and chili powder, full of flavor.

In 2013, National Geographic magazine voted Vietnamese bread as one of the 11 most delicious street foods in the world. In 2014, the Huffington Post ranked Vietnamese bread among the top 20 best street foods in the world.

3. What’s special about Banh mi Hoi An, Vietnamese?

The first secret to making a loaf of Hoi An banh mi that is loved by thousands of people is the rich filling with dozens of different types. The filling is richly marinated according to a secret recipe that combines many types to create an attractive and harmonious combination of flavors. And the best loaf of Hoi An banh mi is the perfect combination of sour, spicy, salty, and sweet.

Besides, Hoi An Banh Mi’s raw vegetables are small in size, have a high essential oil content, and grow organically, unlike the regular vegetables we see. Local sellers favor green vegetables originating from Tra Que vegetable village because of their good quality. Along with that, the sauce is prepared according to the traditional recipe of bakeries, with a unique flavor that further enhances the deliciousness of Hoi An bread.

In 2018, CNN (USA) honored Hoi An Banh mi as the “world sandwich king”. Therefore, Hoi An Banh Mi is not only rustic and simple but also the quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine.

4. Top 10 best banh mi in Hoi An, Viet Nam

4.1. Banh mi Madam Khanh – The Banh My Queen

Bánh mi Madam Khanh is a famous banh mi shop in Hoi An, with an age of up to 30 years. Initially, the shop was simply a street vendor but gradually developed into a luxury bread shop. At first, the restaurant was called Banh Mi Khanh, then it was named ” Banh mi Madam Khanh”, also known as “The Banh My Queen”.

The Banh My Queen is super diverse, with more than 10 types of fillings such as grilled meat, fried eggs, roasted meat, shredded chicken, pickles, cheese, pate, and even vegetarian bread. All are meticulously made with a unique, delicious sauce recipe. Inside the bread, there’s also plenty of crunchy papaya, carrots, and cucumbers that add a really delicious balance of flavors. Banh Mi Madam Khanh is quite spicy, so when buying, you can ask if you can’t eat spicy food. You can sit and enjoy it or take it home.

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  • Address: 115 Tran Cao Van Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
  • Open: 6:30 a.m – 7:30 p.m
  • Reference price: 1.04 USD – 1.24 USD/loaf of bread

4.2. Banh mi Phuong Hoi An

Banh mi Phuong Hoi An, also known as Anthony Bourdain Hoi An bread, Hoi An Phuong Banh Mi, with more than 20 years of operation, has a special dipping sauce and delicious fillings. The menu at the restaurant is very rich, including 20 types of fillings, including sausages, lean patties, pork belly, pork floss, char siu, etc. No bread press or microwave oven is used, but each loaf of bread is warmed on a charcoal stove before being delivered to customers. The loaf was fragrant, hot, golden, and crispy, especially without breaking.

But to fully enjoy the unique, characteristic flavor and rich sauce of Banh mi Hoi An, you should choose traditional bread. You can also explore various local dishes here, such as Cao Lau noodles, chicken rice, Banh Xeo, etc.

  • Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
  • Open: 6:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.62 USD – 1.24 USD/loaf of bread

4.3. Banh mi Old Town

When talking about Banh mi Hoi An, we cannot forget to mention Old Town Banh Mi. Similar to other bread stalls, the cakes at the shop are not too large. The special feature of Old Quarter banh mi is the rich, fragrant egg oil sauce mixed with slices of char siu meat, or richly marinated grilled meat, crispy pieces of pickled vegetables, and chili sauce. The mildly spicy taste will make visitors feel happy with just the first bite. Not only that, Pho Co Banh Mi also sells soy milk or corn milk with moderate sweetness and a delicious taste, but the price is extremely cheap at only 0.62 USD.

  • Address: 2 Le Loi Street, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province.
  • Open: 07:00 a.m – 21:00 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.62 USD – 0.83 USD/loaf of bread

4.4. Banh mi Ba Bua

Ba Bua’s shop uses thick French baguette bread, so each cake here looks bigger and fuller than usual and is also more filling. Bread fillings are also very diverse, such as cold meat, pate, etc. 

This Banh mi Ba Bua Hoi An shop will give you an interesting experience: sticky rice banh mi. Warm, crispy buttered toast served with a bowl of sticky rice will be the perfect combination for your meal. This is also an “exclusive” feature of Ba Bua Hoi An Bread Shop.

  • Address: 117 Nguyen Truong To Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
  • Open: 7:00 a.m – 21:00 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.41 USD – 0.83 USD/loaf of bread

4.5. Banh Mi Lanh

Banh Mi Lanh is also a long-standing Hoi An bread shop, loved by many diners. Although the shop is quite small and sold on the roadside with a few simple plastic chairs, it is never empty of customers. While enjoying the bread here, you will be fascinated by the delicious flavors of grilled meat, char siu meat, and wet pate prepared according to the owner’s own recipe.

The banh mi here is grilled on a charcoal stove, ensuring it is always hot, crispy, and fragrant. One of the best toppings at Banh Mi Lanh is the owner’s home-made pate. Pate does not have a strong, unpleasant smell but instead is soft, fatty, and has a gentle, attractive scent. Prices here are extremely affordable and suitable for all tourists.

  • Address: 430 Cua Dai Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
  • Open: 6:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.41 USD – 1.04 USD/loaf of bread

4.6. Banh mi Than

Banh Mi Than, as its name suggests, is a familiar breakfast restaurant for many locals. In addition to traditional Hoi An Banh mi, you can also enjoy meat Banh mi, ham, and vegetarian Banh mi with a rich, distinctive, delicious, and nutritious sauce. Don’t miss this famous Hoi An banh mi shop on your journey to explore ancient town cuisine.

  • Address: 227 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
  • Open: 7:00 a.m – 20:00 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.41 USD – 0.83 USD/loaf of bread

4.7. Banh mi chay Le Hoi (Vegan Banh mi)

In contrast to other Hoi An culinary paradises, Banh mi chay Le Hoi focuses on banh mi with vegetarian-friendly ingredients. The vegetarian banh mi is full of delicious diced mushrooms, marinated tofu, ground tofu, chopped peanuts, herbs, and a sauce made from soy sauce, oyster sauce, and mushrooms. Moisten the bread and mix it with the toppings to create quite a new flavor.

  • Address: 3 Nguyen Hue Street, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province
  • Open: 6:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.41 USD – 1.04 USD/loaf of bread.

4.8. Banh mi Phi

Banh Mi Phi started business in 2013 and is still new. However, in the short time since its opening, Banh Mi Phi has become more and more widely known, appearing in the high rankings of famous travel websites every time Banh mi is mentioned.

Slices of braised pork with five spices, pate, sausage, cucumber, and herbs create a harmonious, delicious flavor. You can order more butter on the bread if you like a sweeter taste. There are also delicious vegetarian sandwiches with cheese and super-unique shredded tofu.

  • Address: 88 Thai Phien Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
  • Open: 8:00 a.m – 20:00 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.62 USD – 1.45 USD/loaf of bread

4.9. Banh mi Sum Hoi An

Banh Mi Sum is a great place for you to enjoy sandwiches with a strong Hoi An flavor. Banh Mi Sum has quality fillings and sauces prepared in the standard Hoi An style. The filling is extremely rich with meat, shredded chicken, grilled meat, dried fish, pork, eggs, etc. The restaurant is loved by many locals because of its reasonable prices and delicious taste. Thick, hot, and crispy Banh mi with lots of toppings is a Hoi An delicacy not to be missed.

  • Address: 149 Tran Hung Dao Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province
  • Open: 6:00 a.m – 9:30 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.83 USD/loaf of bread

4.10. Banh mi Minh Thu

Unlike other banh mi shops, Minh Thu banh mi is a place that only sells roasted pork sandwiches with a family roast pork dish that has a tradition of more than three generations, so the roasted pork at Minh Thu has an irresistible, delicious flavor. The pork is marinated to taste and grilled to a golden brown; the skin is crispy, and the meat is soft and firm. All these ingredients create a delicious Hoi An banh mi with roasted pork when eaten with herbs, cucumbers, and a little fragrant salt and pepper.

  • Address: 248 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province
  • Open: 7:00 a.m – 20:00 p.m
  • Reference price: 0.62 USD – 1.04 USD/loaf of bread

5. Conclusion

Hoi An bread is a famous street food, creating diversity in Hoi An’s culinary culture. Hopefully the list of the top 10 famous Hoi An banh mi shops that Metta Voyage shares above will help you have a delicious, unforgettable meal during your trip to the old town. Don’t forget to visit www.mettavoyage.com for more detailed information about your upcoming trips!

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