Banh Mi is officially an international dish and world famous. It is probably the second most recognized Vietnamese food in the world. But did you know there are at least 10 different Banh Mi options and fillings? In this story I will list the top 5 according to me. I used several sources to gather more info and details to make it easier and more clear, however, these top 5 choices are mine and do not reflect anyone else's opinion. I have listed the photos above (before) the text and information.
1. Chả or Chả Lụa (Pork Roll). Ground up pork is packed tightly into a roll, and wrapped with banana leaves (and or aluminum foil) then steamed or boiled, hence producing the dense “pork roll”. Sliced thin like bologna, these make up one of the most common cold cuts found in bánh mì.
2. Dặc Biệt (Special or Combination)– Every menu has a Combination or House Special, which is a combination of at least one of the following: the pork roll, headcheese and/or cold cuts. Some shops offer ham as an offering to the cold cuts, as well as adding their special house touch of other meats.
3. Thịt Nướng (Grilled Pork)- Vietnamese marinated grilled pork. Cuts of pork meat can be anything from pork belly, pork shoulder, pork chops or pork butt. (https://battleofthebanhmi.com/fillings-description/banh-mi-fillings/)
4. Xíu Mại (Pork MeatBalls)- Moist Pork Meatballs cooked in a usually, sweet, often lightly tomato based sauce. Ground pork is marinated Việt style. (https://battleofthebanhmi.com/fillings-description/banh-mi-fillings/)
5. Trưng Chien (Fried Egg)- Eggs are usually prepared as a scramble, well done sunny side up (but cooked on both sides), omelet style or a little bit of all three.
For more ideas, make sure to check out Banh Mi Types: A Complete Guide to the Vietnamese Sandwich and the following video:
What about you? Do you love Banh Mi? What is your favorite style?