Sunday, December 10, 2023

Saigon - Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa and Phố Cổ 159

No visit to Vietnam can be considered complete without having some Bánh Mì. We had a couple in Saigon.

A number of famous bánh mì spots were right near our hotel. The most famous ones seemed to be mostly renowned for how big and stuffed with meat they are (kind of a Vietnamese equivalant of the New York deli sandwich).

Not needing or wanting a huge sandwich, we stopped in at place called Hồng Hoa just outside the alley where our hotel was located.

We got two sandwiches - one thịt nướng (grilled meat) and one heo quay (roast pork).

Both sandwiches were very good.

They also had xôi, so we got an order. Sticky rice with a hint of cinnamon, topped with fried shallots and cold cuts. Delicous.

Another day we stopped for lunch at a well-rated place called Phố Cổ 159.

We got a roast pork sandwich, and a mixed meat sandwich from the lady working her cart out front of a travel agency (which she used for seating).

Both sandwiches were good, if nothing special. My guess is the place is mostly rated well for its clean, spacious seating area (something not common at bánh mì spots).

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