One of the things I love about Vietnam is the fact that they have an amazing array of delicious, flavorful foods. Perhaps the most famous and known around the world is the banh mi. It might look like a simple sandwich, but it is so much more than that. The banh mi is one of the most ubiquitous food items to be found in Hanoi, and that is because it is quick, tasty, and cheap (you can usually get one for about 20,000 dong, which roughly translates to 1 USD). For someone on a budget, this is a perfect lunch item that can be found incredibly easily around the city.
After a bit of research, I decided to check out Banh Mi 25. It's gotten amazing reviews online, and I can completely understand why. It's a small little food stall, and it features the typical tiny tables and stools to sit at while you eat. They offer a free glass of iced tea with your sandwich, as well as a free banana for dessert. When you get to the stall, they'll ask you what kind of sandwich you would like. I opted for jambon (ham), but there are four options that range from 20,000 to 25,000 dong. The owner kindly asked about every ingredient to make sure I got exactly what I wanted. What you see in the picture below is everything they have to offer -- meats, carrots, cucumber, cilantro (coriander for the non-Americans), pate, and chili sauce.
|The entire Banh Mi 25 restaurant.|
|Finished banh mi. Doesn't necessarily look that impressive, but it was fantastic.|
This was BY FAR the best $1 lunch I have ever eaten.
If you are looking for the restaurant, it's located at 25 Hang Ca (between Thuoc Bac and Cha Ca).
It's small, so be sure to be on the lookout for the small cart!
Great eats, super cheap -- this is just one reason why I am loving Hanoi!