These 3 are places where most people online recommend we go to. They say it’s the “Best 3 Banh Mi In HCMC”. Well, we, with our chinese tastebuds went on a little banh mi marathon one day and tried them all. Here’s the verdict.
First thing to note. Out of the 3 featured here, only 1 opens in the morning and the other 2 opens in the evenings only. So be sure to check the operating hours before going. All 3 featured below are within walking distance of each other. Now that you are ready, let’s dive right in.
#1: Banh Mi Hong Hoa (Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa)
Address: 62 Nguyen Van Trang
Open hours: Only opened in the mornings
I actually think this is pretty good. The floss made it very hard to take clean bites but the mayonnaise made the whole sandwich very tasty. Great balance of vegetables and meat too. What I love about this is the warm bread. It was crunchy and made taking bite after bite of it, irresistible.
#2: Banh Mi Huynh Hoa (Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa)
Address: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành, 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open hours: Opened only in evenings from 4pm onwards
Pricier than the previous one but I’m going to go ahead and call this THE BEST BANH MI IN SAIGON. It really is. I don’t know what meat they put in there but it was delicious!! It was packed full of meat and light on the vegetables. I wish the bread was toasted warm when I got it but the filling more than made up for it.
There was a short queue with lots of locals on motorbikes when I was there at about 6pm. It must be good really if there are so many locals.
#3: Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai (Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng Hẻm 39)
Address: 37 Nguyễn Trãi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Open hours: 5pm onwards
I was drawn to this by the bbq’ing of the meat right beside the stall. The meat was a little too heavily seasoned but it was served piping hot and fresh off the grill and right into my well toasted french loaf. While I found the meat a little too salty, the serving of pickled vegetables inside the bread was delicious.
That concluded my Banh Mi adventure at HCMC. If you ask me, I’ll definitely go for #1 and #2 again! These 3 are just the top 3 most reviewed places for best banh mi in HCMC online. If I had more time in HCMC, I am sure the search for the best banh mi will never end. 🙂 In fact, be brave and stop by the little roadside stalls selling banh mi. Who knows, the next banh mi you eat might be the best banh mi ever!
From one banh mi lover to another, keep calm and keep exploring!