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Banh mi, or bread in Vietnamese, was developed in the 1950s as Vietnam’s own interpretation of baguette. It is a classic marriage between ingredients from both East and West – baguette, pate, and mayo from their French colonial times, and local ingredients such as pork, grilled chicken, or even cilantro.

If you find yourself at Hanoi like we did earlier this year, a freshly made banh mi makes for a great option as breakfast on-the-go.

Banh Mi by street vendor in Hanoi
Banh Mi by street vendor in Hanoi

This vendor selling scrambled egg banh mi set up her “stall” at the market just right outside the Ancient Lane hotel we stayed at Hanoi. We just had to give it a try after walking by and smelling the freshly made dish for the second day in a row.

The scrambled egg was prepared on the spot using her tiny frying pan with ingredients that undoubtedly involved fish sauce and pepper. The whole thing is then stuffed into this lovely baguette that was soft and yet crunchy on the outside, some thinly sliced cucumber, a bit of cilantro, a squeeze of chili sauce, and there you have it – one of the simplest form of banh mi.

Baguette with freshly cooked omelette
Baguette with freshly cooked omelette

It turned out to be a lovely simple breakfast, and one that would go well with some local coffee for sure. Banh mi stalls can be found pretty much everywhere in Hanoi, give it a try, this version cost 15,000 VND if not mistaken.

market by Ancient Lane hotel, Hanoi

Address:
Banh Mi
Ngõ Tạm Thương, Cửa Đông,
Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
GPS: 21.031808, 105.847593

Discuss : KY eats – Scrambled Egg Banh Mi, Hanoi

  1. kekeke rosberg

    wah, so simple, ah uncle should try more of the local exotic cuisine, such as the banh mi woof woof #hehe #arf

  2. kekeke rosberg

    lol tsk tsk, ah cendawan will be mad with you! #banhmeow #purrmi

  3. wish we could find banh mi everywhere in kl too – my favourite sandwich, actually (especially with some liver pate in it)! 😀

  4. I love egg in sandwiches but I sure wouldn’t mind some ham or bacon or sausage as well. 😀

  5. That’s a very tiny stall indeed.

  6. Soft baguette? Some of the banh mi I’ve eaten here, the baguette hard like rock! 😀 They call scramble egg banh mi, we call omelette sandwich…kekeke! 😉

  7. Yummo! I love a good egg sandwich.

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