Saigon Eats :: Daily Bread Banh Mi Ngan Moi Ngay

22 Jul 2014




Banh Mi Ngon Moi Ngay Saigon

Daily Bread
125B Hai Ba Trung, P. Bến Nghé
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Banh Mi… Oh, Banh Mi. One of my fave things to eat everrr. I still remember the first time I had it, at Banh Mi Saigon under Manhattan Bridge, when it was still US$2.50 at the time. Crusty baguette bursting with generous fillings of barbecued pork, cha lua, paté, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber strips, cilantro, and with a dash of addictive Maggi soy sauce, it was cheap, delicious, and most satisfying for the starving college freshman that I was (circa early 90’s).

Sometime last year when my overseas-Vietnamese friend Cara was traveling the region and visiting Singapore, she hand-carried banh mi for me straight from HCMC and gawd, the heavens parted and a legion of chorusing angels descended in golden rays as I sunk my teeth into that sandwich. It was a beautiful moment. Needless to say, having banh mi in HCMC was at the top of my “eat-inerary” hit list!

Unfortunately, because there were simply too many things to eat but too little time, I didn’t get to go to the allegedly most-famous-banh-mi-joint, Banh Mi Huynh Hoa – which bloody opens at 3pm in the afternoon, nor this other allegedly the-ultimate-banh-mi-joint-that-defines-banh-mi (according to my overseas-Vietnamese friend Liz who’s living in Saigon now) – which also opens for business only at 3pm in the afternoon… WTH, I wanted it for breakfast!

In desperation I ‘resorted’ to settling my banh mi fix at this random kiosk at the corner of the same street at InterCon, called Daily Bread. I was skeptical at first since the place looked too clean (haha) so I ordered only two at first, just to be conservative. The sandwiches turned out to be good fucking awesome so the morning after that, with two hours left before I had to head to the airport, the following conversation took place.

Me: Pls call the place for me, tell them that I want twelve banh mi, two I will be eating for breakfast (which is now), while the other ten should NOT be assembled and all the fillings are to be packed separately. But can I request for individual ingredients to be bundled together instead of into ten separate small bags? I will come pick up in ten minutes, thanksssssssss!

Concierge: Yes, Miss.

Banh mi place: *chaos while preparing my order*

Me: (thinking “Hmm, maybe I should’ve ordered twenty.”)

I don’t bring souvenirs back from trips, man. I bring back stuff that I want to eat! The banh mi from this random kiosk named Daily Bread did not disappoint one bit, but the next time I go to HCMC again, I’ll definitely check out Huynh Hoa and investigate first hand what the hype’s all about. *reminding self to pack tupperware and ziplock bags to transport more banh mi back to SG*

Banh Mi Ngon Moi Ngay Saigon

Banh Mi Ngon Moi Ngay Saigon

Banh Mi Ngon Moi Ngay Saigon

Banh Mi Ngon Moi Ngay Saigon

Banh Mi Ngon Moi Ngay Saigon

Banh Mi Ngon Moi Ngay Saigon

Banh Mi Ngon Moi Ngay Saigon




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