When coming to Hoi An, you can easily find a stand selling Banh Mi at any corner. However, do you know which are the best when you are just a foreign visitor? Let check out the places to find best Banh Mi in Hoi An shortlisted by the founder of Eat Hoi An – Huynh Huu Phuoc (a Hoi An local) below.
Phi Banh Mi
- Address: 88 Thai Phien, Minh An Ward, Hoi An
According to Mr. Phuoc, Hoi An’s best eateries are not concentrated in the Old town. If you want to try the “real” Banh Mi, you should take a ride to Zone B. One of the best Banh Mi stands here is Phi Banh Mi.
This is a small stall of chef Do Van Phi located on a quiet street. The special point of Phi Banh Mi is the roasted pork belly from free-range pigs. Every day, from the early morning, Phi heads to the market and pick the fresh ingredients from best vendors. So, guests can enjoy the best quality of Banh Mi here.
Where is the Madam Khanh – The Banh Mi Queen?
- Address: 115 Tran Cao Van, Minh An Ward, Hoi An
Nguyen Thi Loc, also known as Madam Khanh started her Banh Mi business from 1975 and devoted half of her life to run it before passing on to her daughter. Although she is over 90 now, she often visits the stall to help out in the morning.
The breads here are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. What makes Madam Khanh Banh Mi famous is the elite taste with lots of fresh herbs and homemade sauces. Madam Khanh also has her own recipe to make pate from pig liver, seasoned with crushed shallot, lemongrass, pepper, salt, and a little MSG inside.
According to Phuoc, after the daughter takes over the Banh Mi shop, the menu has more new kinds of Banh Mi such as vegetarian, beef, fish and egg Banh Mi. It has attracted more foreigners coming to try this special food in Hoi An.
Find Phuong to enjoy the best Vietnamese sandwich
- Address: 2B Phan Chu Trinh, Cam Chau, Hoi An
7 years ago, one of the world’s most talented chef – Anthony Bourdain came to Phuong Banh Mi and said: “This is the best Banh Mi in the world”. After that, this stall is more and more famous to both domestic and international tourists.
Truong Thi Phuong’s parents set up the business about 55 years ago. 30 years later, Mrs. Phuong took over the shop. She had to deal with a huge amount of works. So, her husband – Dang Ngoc Chau quit his job as a police officer to help her. And then he invented new recipes and the creative process that make Phuong Banh Mi famous.
About 3000 to 4000 Banh Mi is sold each day. From a small stall at the beginning, now, Phuong Banh Mi moved into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. This restaurant has the largest menu with various types of Banh Mi from vegetarian, barbecued pork to beef.
If you come to Hoi An, do not miss a chance to try the best Banh Mi in the world at Phuong Banh Mi or you will regret for sure.
Banh Mi Lanh
- Address: Near the Nam Quang Tu Pagoda, Cam Chau, Hoi An
A small stall near Nam Quang Tu Pagoda, in northeast of Hoi An, Banh Mi Lanh is one of the most favorite Banh Mi by the locals for about 30 years. Khuu Thi Lanh, is well-known for her very fast-paced Banh Mi making skills.
What makes this Banh Mi Lanh famous is its most authentic flavor in Hoi An. It uses the same bread as Phuong Banh Mi, which is crispy outside and soft inside. In addition, the taste of Banh Mi here is very unique, not too sweet nor too saucy. Ingredients are process in a special way. You will never forget the light and airy tastes even when you just have the first bite.
Above are the most famous places selling the yummiest Banh Mi in Hoi An. You definitely should try at least one of them. If it is possible, why not have one or more at each of the addresses? It’s really worth the money.