The rich history of Vietnamese cuisine has brought to us two amazing culinary inventions – the popular Vietnamese soup known as ‘pho’ and the supersized sandwich ‘banh mi’. Any day in Toronto, you can visit any Vietnamese restaurant and find dozens of people either pulling spoonfuls of pho up to their mouth or chowing down on a banh mi. In the world of delicious Vietnamese food, banh mi and pho are two of the most popular items that exist on the menu. The question remains, which is the better representation of Vietnamese cuisine – well, read on.
The story of banh mi
Banh mi plays from Vietnam’s history as a French colony decades ago. Banh mi starts with a French-style baguette and then, fills it with rich meats, fresh vegetables, and herbs. Banh mi in large part began through the need to eat French-style food with local ingredients. This meant taking local delicacies like meats, herbs, and veggies, and putting them inside something that could easily be carried, held, and eaten.
If there was ever a meal that perfectly mixed together French and Vietnamese influences, probably banh mi is what would come to mind. The crusty warm bread, the richness of the meats, and everything that the veggies and herbs bring to it – it’s all exquisitely French-Vietnamese. Mirroring the history of the country in a bread, banh mi is an unmistakable Vietnamese food belonging on any menu and in every family’s kitchen recipe collection.Read More