Hoi An And The Best Bánh Mì In Vietnam!

We went to Hoi An with two things in mind, the full moon lantern festival and Banh Mi, a French baguette style sandwich packed full of meats, fresh veg and sauces.

We set out to find Phuong’s Banh Mi stall, a lady made popular by an Anthony Bourdain documentary, we were excited to see what all the fuss was about! On our hunt for Phuong we passed through the market which was a refreshing change from the touristic shops and stalls along the river. They had everything for sale in a vibrant, lively environment.

We found Phuong just outside the grocery market and went for the classic pork ham and pate Banh Mi (minus the egg). What a work of art! We watched her make the sandwiches and how nice it was to see someone take such pride in their work.

We have to say without doubt, this was the best baguette we’ve ever eaten! The Vietnamese use rice flour so the bread is really light and fresh. The ingredients of pork ham, pate, fresh veg, fresh chillies and Phuong’s special sauce all combined to make a fantastic tasting sandwich! All for under £1, we’d happily eat these every day, Phuong definitely lived up to her reputation.

Apart from the ancient town, Hoi An also boasts beautiful beaches and we spent our time at An Bang beach, slightly less touristy but with plenty of restaurants. Our favourite was Soul Kitchen where we had some delicious seafood. Best dishes were tuna and mahi carpaccio, battered squid with an amazing garlic mayo and mahi fish fillet, all with a stunning view.


  • photravels May 21, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Does this lady know that she’s uber famous? I’m definitely going to visit her on my next trip to Viet Nam for a chat and to try her awesome banh mi.

    Great post! I love your photographs and hearing how you found your way in Hoi An. It’s nice to be able to travel on your own terms and find places that are special to you and not just what everyone else visits.

    • travelchowdown May 23, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Thank you! Yeah she definitely knows, the menu says “as seen on no reservations with Anthony Bourdain” but she was still very nice and I don’t think she tires of hearing how good her Banh Mi is!


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