Many people know about Vietnamese specialties like egg rolls and Nem Ran. However, another thing that you must try when on vacation in Vietnam is the sandwiches.  Last summer when I was in Vietnam, one of the most fulfilling things of the vacation was eating a Vietnamese sandwich every day. The purpose of this article, therefore, is to describe the most delicious sandwiches you must order when in Vietnam or a Vietnamese restaurant.

Banh Mi

These are Vietnamese baguette sandwiches. It starts with a Vietnam style French baguette. Usually they are made with a combination of rice and wheat flour, resulting in a relatively light, crackly crust and not excessive dense bread.

Where to buy?

The Banh Mi is getting more and more popular, so it is not very hard to purchase one nowadays.  You can even buy them at fast food chains like Lee’s Sandwiches. These sandwiches have a decent quality but are not as good as found in a traditional Viet bakery. There are some Viet bakery’s in America, however they are very rare. In other countries than the United States and Vietnam itself, it is almost impossible to find a good Viet bakery.

Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches in New York is a good shop too. They produce the classic one here: Pâté, ham, ground pork, pickled carrot, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeno, and gobs of mayo on a baguette. This shop is also very innovative since they are one of the very few shops that offer a vegetarian Banh mi.

Another restaurant I recommend is Tigerlily in New York. The decor is simple, yet luxurious, with only minimal decorative items, including potted herbs in every nook. And while it may be reminding of another time and place, Tran definitely adds a personal touch as well. The sandwiches are top notch. I would really recommend ordering one in combination with some Vietnamese coffee. This type of coffee is very strong, yet it remains very tasty.  Finally, the restaurant is relatively cheap. It is more expensive than Lee’s Sandwiches, for example. But the extreme high quality makes it worth the price.


One of the tastiest ingredients of the Vietnamese cuisine is without doubt Banh Mi. I really think this Vietnamese sandwich is underrated, but fortunately, it is becoming more and more popular among Americans. However, it is still quite hard to find a good shop. There are more than enough in New York, but in the rest of the country and world, it is quite harder to find a good shop of Vietnamese sandwiches.