How many types of Banh mi are there in Danang? (P.2)

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6. Bánh mì heo quay (banh mi with roasted pork)

banh mi thit quay da nang

Another favourite. I remember eating this a lot when I was small. Roasted pork has very different texture and taste as compared to normal pork. The seller’d chop it with some “rau răm” and pepper salt, and utimately finish assembling with a special sauce made from roasted pork. Nowadays they usually miss this final and very important step by using just normal soy sauce or pepper salt, which can seriously destroy the final product.  It is not easy to find a decent banh mi thit quay these days, almost impossbile to find one with the perfect topping sauce. Why do the best things always disappear? :'(

  • Where: 18B Phan Đình Phùng, 6-9am (ask them to put the sauce instead of salt and pepper)
7. Bánh mì chả (banh mi with cha)

banh mi cha ong ti

This banh mi is quite unique as it has no vegetable and the fillings are so simple to the point of being boring: Only Chả, dried chili flakes and a bit of sauce. To be frank, curious as I was about this banh mi as it is one of the oldest and most popular banh mi stalls in Danang (they have been in business for nearly 40 years!, and now have 2 shops in Danang), I was disappointed when I bought one. The thing just had a lot of chả and chili flakes if you want it spicy or only the former if you don’t have a thing for mouth-tingling food.

However, to my surprise, it tasted amazing and the day after I came back to buy some more. As you can imagine, the selling point of this banh mi all comes down to its in-house made cha which tasted nothing like the ones I normally have. Mr. Ti has spent a lifetime perfecting his cha and banh mi, repeating the same process every day for 40 years. He really reminds me of the legendary sushi master Jiro Ono and the simple fact “practice makes perfect”.

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Try their special banh mi (20,000VND) and you’ll understand why “Bánh mì ông Tí” has been in this competitive banh mi business for so long.

  • Where: Ông Tí – 272 Hùng Vương & 189 Trưng Nữ Vương
8. Bánh mì bột lọc (banh mi with tapioca dumplings)

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If this was a competition, banh mi bot loc would certainly win the “most regional banh mi” prize. Even the name screams out CENTRAL. You probably know that bột lọc is generally made using 2 methods: one steamed after wrapped up in banana leaves (bột lọc lá chuối), and one directly boiled in water (bột lọc trần). The latter is used for banh mi bot loc, along with some herbs and light sweet fish sauce. For foreigners bột lọc may be a little chewy, but for the locals including myself bánh mì bột lọc is the absolute favourite.

  • Where: 206 Đống Đa
9. Bánh mì bơ (banh mi with… banh mi)

They say save the best for last, so here it is: Danang’s banh-mi-ception, aka banh mi inside banh mi. Beat that!

The filling is made from banh mi itself, probably soaked and mixed with some spices. As bánh mì bơ literally means banh mi butter, there’s a thin coat of butter on both the inside and outside surface. Don’t underestimate this 3000VND stick sandwich, it may be stronger than the strongest heroin. I dare you to find something edible with 15c, let alone something this magical.

Apparently it would take a millennium to make a fortune selling this version of banh mi. Thus it is getting much harder and harder to find one, especially when most of them are hauled around town on mobile vendors. Catching a snitch is obviously no match. So you can imagine the thrill when I saw the grandpa below, right in the city center.

In the summer there’s a high likelihood of finding banh mi bo along the beach, especially for early swimmers.
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SUMMARY (bold: highly recommended place)

Đại Đồng Thanh – 79 Phan Chu Trinh (from 5am), Đà Nẵng

  • Bánh mì thịt chả (normal) ~12,000
  • Bánh mì thịt nướng (grilled pork) ~12,000

Bà Lan – 62 Trưng Nữ Vương, Đà Nẵng

  • Bánh mì thịt nguội (jambon) ~15,000
  • Bánh mì que (pate)

Hương – Corner at Lê Lợi & Lê Thánh Tôn intersection, Đà Nẵng

  • Bánh mì thịt nướng (grilled pork) ~12,000

Cô Chi – Corner at Phan Chu Trinh & Pasteur intersection, Đà Nẵng

  • Bánh mì gà (chicken cotton meat) 8,000

The anonymous stand – a few meters from 491 Hai Phong (I think this place has been closed :( )

  • Bánh mì thịt chả (normal)
  • Bánh mì bột lọc (tapioca dumplings)

206 Đống Đa, Đà Nẵng

  • Bánh mì bột lọc (tapioca dumplings)

Ông Tí – 272 Hùng Vương & 189 Trưng Nữ Vương, Đà Nẵng

  • Bánh mì chả

18B Phan Đình Phùng, Đà Nẵng

  • Bánh mì thịt quay (roasted pork)

Somewhere out there, most likely morning beach

  • Bánh mì bơ (banh mi)

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Summer created Danangcuisine.com in 2010 to share her eating experience in her hometown Da Nang and other cities around Viet Nam and Asia. She also runs the Funtastic hostels, Food tour and Cooking class in Danang.

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  • http://buffalotours.com/ Thuong Le

    Hi,

    Really good collection of Banh Mi in Da Nang. I see some unusual like “Bánh mì bột lọc”. Sure I will try it if I come back to Da nang again. Banh Mi is one of the most Vietnamese food which go global, along with Pho, we do make an infographic about Banh mi you might want to check it out at: http://www.buffalotours.com/blog/infographic-buffalo-flow-chart-perfect-banh-mi/