Bánh Mì Ốp La

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach they say. For me it's specifically in the form of  a sandwich. When I was a mere teen, my all time favorite lunch was a chicken sandwich close to my parents house.  The owner was a friend of my father's and he was always entertained by the fact that I stubbornly refused to get anything else from his menu but that phenomenal chicken sandwich. Now at the ripe age of 32 I still love sandwiches, with a particular affinity for a great breakfast sandwich. Very few places in the world make amazing breakfast sandwiches, and my top three might surprise you ( one specifically might revolt you ). As the title suggests, one of my all time favorite's is the local Bánh Mì  with fried eggs ( Bánh Mì Ốp La), in fact I love it so much I wrote an entire blog post about it on my website https://streatery.net . My other two favorites are in Turkey, and drum roll, Mcdonalds! The Turkish breakfast sandwich is not as common as it's Vietnamese counterpart, and includes boiled eggs, fresh sheep's-milk cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers. In fact as far as i'm concerned it was only sold by one man near my house when I lived in Istanbul. But it will always be one of my all time favorites. As a die hard foody I'm  not proud of this fact but I do absolutely love Mcdonald's Sausage Egg Mcmuffin. I think that alongside the hash-browns and cup of coffee it's one of the world's best ways to wake up ( especially if you are stranded in an airport and there is nothing else that remotely resembles food for a reasonable price). Now as to the point of this post, I find the Bánh Mì Ốp La inconsistent from street stall to street stall, but once you find that sassy Vietnamese aunty, that puts all her love and affection into making you an awesome Bánh Mì with the yolks still slightly runny, the perfect amount of Pa Te, soy sauce and pickled veggies with a garnish of coriander on top. then you might never leave. She'll recognize you walking down the street and will immediately start heating up the pan with a huge smile, getting huge kick out of the fact that the foreigner with terrible Vietnamese pronunciation loves her food that much. This cannot go without heading to your favorite Vietnamese Coffee shop and getting a Cafe Sữa Nóng ( hot Vietnamese milk coffee ), the perfect savory crunch of the Bánh Mì alongside the hair raising strength and deliciousness of the local Vietnamese coffee are a match made in some sort of heaven. For my own personalized guide to eating Bánh Mì in Saigon, this is my list: https://streatery.net/best-banh-mi-saigon/