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Vietnamese Baguette


Vietnamese baguette – favourite Vietnamese food of foreigners
Vietnamese baguette is probably the most widespread street food that you should try to have the best food experience in Vietnam. It is special that people remember this kind of food not only by its English name but much more by its Vietnamese one, “banh mi”. Let’s find out how Vietnamese baguette gains its badge-of-honour name.
  1. French origin
Vietnamese baguette has its origin from the French colonisation, marking the interference of Western and Eastern culinary culture. Coming to Vietnam in the 19th century with the ambition of conquering this small country, the French also brought their language, architecture and food, including French baguette. At that time, the French often enjoyed this food with paste and butter and the Vietnamese later on created a brand-new loaf of baguette stuffed with sandwiches, porks, herbs and cucumber. That’s the way “banh mi” has its own Vietnamese name.
  1. Popularity
It is rewarding that Vietnamese baguette has become a global phenomenon for a couple of years. Noticeably,“banh mi” was one of 500 new words added into the American Heritage Dictionary in 2014 and the Oxford Dictionary in 2011. That can prove a lot about Vietnamese cuisine to the world. In the present day, Vietnamese has spread from here to there and been enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Thanks to the internet, Vietnamese baguette is now available on a variety of food and travel bloggers and websites. You can easily find this kind of popular street food not only in the whole of Vietnam but also many places abroad such as California, New York City, Chicago, Toronto and Mexico City. Tourists also have the chance to enjoy Vietnamese baguette in Banh Mi 888 when travelling to Singapore or in somewhere called Bánh Mì Sandwich Tokyo.
  1. Ingredients
It can be an unforgettable experience for those who have the chance to make Vietnamese-style baguette themselves. The ingredients for this food, is easy to buy, including bread flour, sugar, butter, salt, yeastbonus warm water. After carefully prepare all the needed things, it’s time to start to create your own baguette.
  1. Recipe for making Vietnamese baguette
Vietnamese baguette is originally airy, thin crispy crust that contains roasted pork, some slices of cucumber, chilli pepper and a fried egg. With those aromatic herbs namely savoury leaves, lettuces and marjoram, it is always a moment of rapture to bite a well-stocked one. To have a tasteful baguette, it is necessary to follow the below recipe:
First, put 1 tablespoonful of sugar and 1 teaspoonful of yeast into 1/2 cup of warm water then stir the mixture up.
Then, in another bowl, with a combination of flour, melted butter and salt, pour the liquid mixture above.
Afterwards, using an electric mixer to beat the mixture until it has a smooth surface.
What to do next is adding a little dough and waiting until the dough doubles its original amount. Beat and squeeze the dough skillfully, and chop the dough into many parts.
Finally, place those portions in ovens for about thirty minutes or until the bread turns yellow.
The total processing time is up to 2 hours but the tasty baguette somehow actually worths it.
An average Vietnamese baguette contains over 500 kcals/serving, along with 18.6gram of fat and 37.5gram of protein which will give those foodies full of energy to have a productive working day. Besides enjoying baguette with stuffed mentioned above, Vietnamese people use baguette with condensed milk. That way, Vietnamese baguette is torn into some small pieces and deeply dipped into the milk for some milk-saturated bite-sized ones. That makes the baguette more edible.  
  1. Meaning in Vietnam cuisine
The BBC, on its post in 2014, complimented Vietnamese baguette as one of the world’s finest sandwiches. In some recent years, Vietnamese cuisine has gained its great reputation from some special food such as pho, Vietnamese baguette, among many other traditional dishes. They are listed in the must-try food list of foreign tourists who would like to enjoy not only the stunningly beautiful landscape but also the beauty of Vietnamese cuisine. It’s possible to say that Vietnamese baguette is an integral kind of food which makes up distinctive features of Vietnamese cuisine.


»  2 eggs »  handful preserved daikon and carrot
»  50 g paté »  handful cucumber, long julienne
»  2 tbsp pure vegetable oil »  handful coriander, leaves and twigs
»  1 French baguette »  sauce (optional)
»  butter for spreading »  pepper (optional)
»  100 g Vietnamese sausage (Gio Lua) »  salt (optional)

Vietnamese Baguette


1/ Beat the eggs lightly in a mixing bowl, crumble the paté and combine the paté and the lightly beaten   

    eggs. Put the plant oil in a small frying pan and cook the omelette.

2/ Cut the baguette into two equal pieces heat these briefly under the grill of the oven so that they become

    nice and crisp. Cut the baguettes open along both sides.

3/ Put a little butter on one side of the baguette. Fold the omelette up and put it on the bread.

4/ Garnish with the Vietnamese sausage, the preserved daikon and carrot, the cucumber and the

    coriander. If desired, sprinkle a little chilli sauce over it and finish off with pepper or salt.