Bahn MIBánh mì ,a Vietnamese term referring to “all kinds of bread”, became popular in the mid-1950’s when French rule ended in the country. The sandwich gained worldwide popularity in the 70’s and 80’s when many Vietnamese left the country after the end of the war. The French baguette, the bread most commonly used for the sandwich,  is a slight variation from the original bánh mì bread developed in Vietnam that was slightly more airy and thinner than today’s baguette.

So, what is in a bánh mì? Typically, they include pork, chicken or tofu which can be grilled, pan-roasted or oven-roasted to enhance the flavor of the meats. To compliment the meat or tofu, sweet pickled carrots, daikon radish, sliced cucumbers, and spicy jalapenos are often added and it’s topped off with a few sprigs of cilantro. The crispy bread is usually smeared with a fresh mayonnaise spread as well.

Bánh mì sandwiches shops and trucks have exploded across the United States over the past few years, offering diners an alternative to your boring submarine sandwiches. In addition, most Asian supermarkets carry the bánh mì bread, so you can make these delicious sandwiches at home.

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