Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bánh mỳ Phố Huế in Hanoi

Bánh Mỳ

What visit to Vietnam would be complete without bánh mì? This shop (118A Phố Huế, 3822-5009) was yet another recommendation from our hotel's concierge as one of the best in the city.

But it turns out that - similar to phở - the way it is done up north is quite different from the way it's done down south. Gone are the pickles, cilantro, and fresh chili slices, and in its place are salt, pepper, and a red chili sauce.

That's too bad, since a huge part of the appeal for me is the freshness provided by those southern garnishes. At least the bread was still light and airy, and the chili sauce kept it interesting. I wonder if the different spelling (bánh mỳ) is also a northern thing?

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