Coming to Vietnam, you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine, especially Hoian bread. Bánh mì Phượng (Phượng’s bread) and Bánh mì Madam (Madam’s bread) are famous not only in Hoian but also in the world. The evidence shows that on the travel websites or social networks such as TripAdvisor or Foursquare, the two bakeries have received thousands of compliments.
Bánh mì Phượng
Of the Hoian bread bakeries, Bánh mì Phượng is a popular address to those who love cuisine. The bread here is well-known by a large number of people at home and from abroad, even including those who have never tasted it. A Canadian chef named Cameron Stauch, who once served the president of Canada also highly appreciated bánh mì Phượng. Despite not having large scale, bánh mì Phượng has been attracting a lot of customers.
In order to enjoy this bread, you will have to stand in a queue for a long time. During this time, you will get the opportunity to watch the way of providing the service for customers and the method of making bread with the inner part of various kinds of vegetables, sauces and peppers.
It must be said that the menu of this bakery is quite varied. You can find out dozens of types of bread with different inner part, from all kinds of typical Vietnamese sausage to the dish slightly bringing Western flavor such as ham, pate, sausage, cheese and smoked meat. Besides, food additives made by the special recipe such as gravy and mayonnaise are added the bread. It is the great combination that creates the delicious taste for Bánh mì Phượng.
The inner part also includes many kinds of vegetables such as basil, cilantro, onion, cucumber and so on. Thanks to unique cooking method and the diversity of types of ingredients, this food becomes much more delicious and attractive.
A loaf is usually finished in just one or two minutes but has the harmony of the green color of vegetables and the pink, red and ivory of meat, roll and sauce. When biting into a piece of bread, you will be excited about the crispness of bread crust, much stuffing and distinctive sauces.
Bánh mì Madame Khanh
Located in Tran Cao Van street and a bit far from the center of Hoian, Madame Khanh is not as famous as Bánh mì Phượng. However, on some travel sites like, this stall is called The banhmi Queen by tourists.
There are more than 10 types of stuffings including roast, barbecue, fried eggs, pickles, pate, cheese, sauce and salad. All the ingredients are meticulously cooked by the boss of the stall. With the age of over 80, this woman slowly follow every step for making this bread. In spite of waiting long, certainly you will be not disappointed with this food.
Enjoying Madam Khánh bread, you will realize many characteristics of Hoian and some special features of Western food. For this reason, this bread is preferred by both domestic and foreign tourists.
The inner part of the bread is so much that if you are careless, you will strew some out of the bread. Additionally bread was extremely crispy, you will be given a plastic bag for bread wrap.