Spicy 'banh mi': a speciality of hai phong city

Among all versions of the iconic Vietnamese sandwich, the spicy banh mày of nhị Phong might be the smallest, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's any less than its larger siblings.

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Hai Phong's spicy banh mi is unique. Instead of fillings like meat or vegetables, this banh ngươi is only filled with pate và eaten with a special chilli sauce, known as 'chi chuong'.

The traditional recipe from the city's original ingredients of pate and chilli sauce is key to lớn ensuring diners keep coming back for more.

Vietnamese people have long been proud of their banh mi, so much so the word was added lớn the dictionary in 2011.

Proving the popularity of the nhì Phong style, it's easy to find vendor stalls all over the thành phố selling this spicy banh mi.

Banh mi Cay – Chinh Hieu ba Gia (Spicy Banh mi – Old Lady) was one of the first spicy banh mi shops to xuất hiện in nhì Phong. This little business has customers queuing up for this spicy treat from early morning until late at night.


Banh ngươi Cay – Chinh Hieu ba Gia (Spicy Banh mày – Old Lady) was one of the first spicy banh mi shops in nhì Phong. VNS Photos Minh Phuong

Pham Thi Thuy, the owner of the shop, said: "Our family has been selling spicy banh mày for nearly 40 years, since my grandma's time.

"This banh mi consists of a baguette và pate filled inside. The pate has meat & liver as the main ingredients.

"It is called spicy banh mi, so it always serves with chilli sauce. This sauce is special & originates from hai Phong. We always leave the sauce outside so customers can choose whether to put it in or not."


Good pate should be smooth in texture, with pork evenly spread over the surface. VNS Photo Minh Phuong

Good pate should be smooth in texture, with pork evenly spread over the surface. The pate should be slightly pink with trắng spots of pork fat. The flavour must be liver & garlic. The maker will showroom seasonings, including salt or pepper, to lớn suit taste.

The chất lượng chilli sauce 'chi chuong' is a mixture of chilli, tomatoes, garlic và salt. The spicy of this sauce stimulates your taste buds.

Thuy said: "Spicy banh mi is only filled with pate, so the pate is the ingredient that determines whether banh mi tastes delicious or not. Therefore, making pate becomes one of the most important processes when making this banh mi," she added.

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"We must choose high-quality ingredients, maintain the pate quality and even make it better every day."

At the cost of VND3,000 (0.13 US cents) each, this small banh mày is a perfect breakfast choice or a small meal during the day for residents. To lớn have a stomach full, five to lớn six banh mày is enough.


Each spicy banh ngươi only costs VND 3,000 (0.13 US cents). VNS Photo Ly Ly Cao

Nguyen Ngoc Tuyen, a local resident, said that the spicy banh mi is his first choice for breakfast. Many in nhì Phong eat spicy banh mày as a habit from their childhood.

Tuyen said: "I usually eat this spicy banh mi. This banh ngươi is small, only two fingers in width, so you can eat a lot, two, three or even 10.

"I sometimes buy it và send it to my friends in other localities as a gift."

Tourists are also curious about this speciality. Many try it whenever they have a chance to visit the city.


Visitors are curious lớn try the spicy banh ngươi of nhì Phong. VNS Photo Ly Ly Cao

Nguyen Tuong Quan, a visitor from Nghe An, with his girlfriend also enjoy eating this modest banh mi.

Quan said: "Hai Phong is famous for its spicy banh mi, this banh mi siêu thị is near where we stay on our trip, so we decide to lớn drop by to lớn try."

"This banh mi is crusty. However, it tastes delicious even though its only filling is pate. I feel lượt thích this banh mi still keeps the taste of the traditional banh mi, which I had during my childhood.

"It is small, so it does not take much time khổng lồ eat. I think about five of these is enough for breakfast."

Vo Nhu Ha is paying a working trip to lớn the đô thị for two days. Despite her busy schedule, she found time khổng lồ find a spicy banh mi siêu thị to taste this local food.

Ha said: "The spicy banh mi is a delicacy of nhì Phong, so I took the time khổng lồ pass by here to lớn try some local food. It looks different khổng lồ what I usually see in hồ chí minh City.

"In hcm City, we often called it bread stick, which is longer than this. I will try to lớn see how it tastes."

This coastal thành phố is like culinary heaven for food lovers and the spicy banh mày has helped địa chỉ more taste to lớn the city.

Thuy said: "Customers buy spicy banh ngươi for their family as a small meal & some buy it as a gift for their friends. Sometimes, I even receive an order on Vietnamese Women's Day to deliver it to lớn their female friends living in other provinces.

"I feel thrilled that now many people, even foreigners, love eating this banh mi. Many people even choose hai Phong as a travel destination to enjoy this banh mi."