I have been living in Danang for over 20 years. When I feel hungry in a short time in the morning, I usually enjoy a load of Bánh Mì to fill my empty stomach and it has become an indispensable food to me. Bánh Mì is one of the most popular traditional foods in Vietnam including many types of it.  I have had many opportunities to visit other places in Vietnam and I have eaten many types of Bánh Mì there. Ingredients, flavors and styles of Bánh Mì vary from region to region in Vietnam. All are great but if I have a right to choose which Bánh Mì is the best, I always give a vote for Bánh Mì in Danang. In Danang, Bánh Mì is a fast food in the morning (and evening) for students, employees. It is easy for you to find out the Bánh Mì stalls on the streets because Danang-ians consider Bánh Mì as their daily food.


So, What Bánh Mì is?

Bánh mì is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. The word is derived from bánh and  (wheat). 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 sometimes metonymous with a food item known as a “Vietnamese sandwich”, for which the bánh mì serves as the bread wrapper. (According to Wikipedia)

Da Nang has become an ideal destination growing in popularity recently. Beside its cleanness, greenness and beauty, local specialty is another important factor that contributes to the development in tourism of Da Nang. Bánh Mì is considered one of Da Nang’s specialties. Below are the top three banh mi stalls that you shouldn’t miss out in Da Nang.

1. Bánh Mì Ông Tý – Mr. Ty’s bread

Being the oldest bakery in Da Nang, Banh Mi Ong Ty which is at 272 Hung Vuong street (near The Con Market) impresses buyers by the simplicity and good quality. There is no vegetableap or cilantro, just a crispy baguette which is spread with a little more butter, sliced “chả bò”- beef patties ​​ and a little paprika.

banh mi ong Ty

The essence of Banh Mi Ong Ty is the focus on the layer of “chả bò” – beef patties and “chả heo” – pork patties. Unlike “chả” in other places, “chả” here is in a rectangular shape and is made from the freshest meats and marinated by Mr.Ty.  Instead of using preservative substance or borax, he always places “Cha” in the refrigerator to keep them in good condition .

“Chả” which is the main ingredient of Banh My Ong Ty is not smooth. On the other hand, it is very lumpy and has many pitting spots on the surface. Thanks to this unique, Banh My Ong Ty have fascinated Danang people and tourists for nearly 40 years.

Open time: 06:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m daily
Price: 10,000 dong to 15,000 dong

2. Bánh mì Bà Lan

Bánh Mì Bà Lan has been well-known in Danang for over 30 years. Bánh Mì Bà Lan includes 2 stalls: one at 62 Trung Nu Vuong street and one at 64 Trieu Nu Vuong street). It’s so good and famous that there’re already numerous ‘fake’ banh mi Ba Lans everywhere to derive the brand name, therefore, you should be aware of that. Although both stalls are always crowded, they only opens daily from 4 p.m to 11 p.m. The rest time in the morning is for purchasing and processing freshest ingredients, especially beef and pork.

Banh My Ba Lan is  always full and decent: the first is a thick layer of paste, the next is a thin layer of mayonnaise made with egg, then is a layer of cold meat, chả, basil, cilantro, green peppers and the last  is a piece of green onion and a little of  pepper and salt.

banh mi ba Lan

Pepper and salt of Banh My Ba Lan is not very salty. Though Ms. Nguyen Thi Lan is over 81 years old now and she is not on the sale directly, every day she still chooses fresh meat and marinated chả according to her own secret. This is the reason which maks the unique flavor of Bánh Mỳ Bà Lan.

Open time: 4:30 a.m to 11:00 p.m daily
Price: 8,000 dong to 17,000 dong

3. Bánh Mỳ Cô Lành

Bánh Mỳ with roasted pork of Ms Nguyen Thi Lanh (also known as Bánh Mỳ Phan Dinh Phung with roasted pork) has only appeared in Danang for less than 5 years but it has made customers fascinated by the strange taste and extremely friendly service attitude.

banh mi co Lanh 2

The highlight point which attracts the buyers is the feat in the choice of meat. The roasted pork here is neither too fat nor too lean. Moreover, it’s clean and has typical aroma and crispy skin. Instead of using tomato sauce to sprinkle on the baguette, Ms. Lanh sprinkles salt and pepper and do not cut roasted pork in advance to keep it crispy and tasty.

banh mi co Lanh

Bánh Mỳ Cô Lành only opens from 6 a.m to 9 a.m daily. According to Ms Lành, roasted pork is only fragrant and crispy in the morning. Therefore, she has never left bánh mì up to the afternoon. Who can resist the sweet and salty taste of roasted pork, chả síu, chả, pâté, spring onion, cucumber, cilantro, chilli, Vietnamese mint and possibly some other herbs?  I know, I cannot. If you have a chance to visit Danang city, do not forget this bánh mì stall. For me, I have never eaten such a delicious Bánh Mỳ.

Open time: 6 p.m to 9p.m daily
Prices: 10,000 dong to 15,000 dong

There are many other types of Banh mi in Danang

1. Bánh mì thịt nướng (banh mi with grilled pork)

Not only Danang people but also foreigners have to admit that Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng has a great attraction. The eaters often recognize that a loaf of  Bánh Mì Thịt nướng which is delicious must has the balance between grilled pork and other ingredients like Vietnamese mint, papaya pickle, a bit of butter, pate and chilli sauce.

Danang has a lot of stands which sell cheap and delicous Bánh Mì Thit Nướng. Most of them are at the intersection of Le Loi and Le Thanh Ton, or on Ong Ich Khiem, Hai Phong, Phan Chu Trinh St.

2. Bánh mì gà (banh mi with chicken floss) and Bánh mì que (breadstick with pate)

Bánh mì gà is sold everwhere in Danang. Most of stalls open from 3p.m to 10 p.m.  It is very cheap (about 5,000 VND or 6,000 VND) and simple, yet super tasty and addictive. It is round in shape and filled with meat floss originally made from chicken (hence the name), mayonnaise, carrot and green papaya pickle. Banh mi ga will be more yummy if you eat it with a little of chili sauce.

bánh mì gà

Being also one of the cheapest types of banh mi, banh mi que or breadstick looks like a stick. It includes ingredients such as pate, mayonnaise, fried shallots and chili sauce. Bánh mì que is always grilled until crispy with seductive aroma of butter before it is sold to the customer.

banh mi que

 Familiar places for Danang people to buy banh mi ga and banh mi que  are along Phan Chau Trinh St, Hai phong ST, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St and some stalls in the area from Trung Vuong Theater to Pasteur St.

3. Bánh mì chay

Some stalls in Danang also offer bánh mì chay for vegetarians which is made with tofu or seitan. In Danang, vegetarian sandwiches are rarely found on the streets. They are usually made at Buddhist temples during special religious events.

If you do not have condition to access to above stalls, you can choose a roadside stall. The roadside stalls are delicious and cheap too. Belows are other famous Bánh Mỳ stalls in Danang.

- Bánh mì Đồng Tiến: 93 Nguyen Van Linh, 207 Phan Thanh, 743 Tran Cao Van 161 Hai Phong
- Bánh mì Đồng Tâm: 132 Ly Thai To, 502 Hoang Dieu, 135A Le Dinh Duong.
- Bánh mì Ông Tây: 116 Ong Ich Khiem
- Bánh mì thịt nướng Nam Sơn: 821 Tran Cao Van
- Bánh mì Tiến Thành: 371 Phan Chu Trinh
- Bánh mì Quốc Doanh: 271 Trưng Nữ Vương
- Bánh mì Bích Vân: 53 Phan Đăng Lưu

Ẹnoying Bánh Mì in Danang, you will find that Bánh Mì here is the combination of lots of taste, not just the only typical taste. Come, enjoy and have your own comment

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