Banh Mi Huynh Hoa
The best banh mi in Ho Chi Minh based on the length of queues in the store would be Huynh Hoa. It is considered the most famous in the city.
The scores of motorbikes parked out front attest to its popularity, and long queues, especially at lunchtime, are an inevitability.
Nevertheless, the team of red-shirted sandwich makers do a fine job of keeping the tasty baguettes coming.
The sandwich itself is heavy in weight and filled with several layers of meat. One of the reasons it is so popular is because it is filled with 8 or 9 different types of cold cuts.
Layered with the meat were slices of cucumber, peppers, onion, cilantro, and a few shreds of carrots. The sandwich also had homemade mayonnaise and topped with chili sauce.
Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai
Sticking to the basics and doing it well is what the banh mi at 37 Nguyen Trai is known for. A small cart parked just inside an alleyway, the stock in trade is excellent banh mi thit nuong (grilled pork sandwiches).
The telltale, mouth-watering aroma of the charcoal-grilled miniature pork patties is the first thing you’ll notice when you visit the stall. And the taste lives up to the smell.
The patties are seasoned with garlic and salt, with a teriyaki-like glaze providing lip-smacking sweetness.
Banh Mi Tuan Map
With a signature striking yellow food cart on the streets of Ho Chi Minh, one of the best banh mi in Ho Chi Minh is found at the Tuan Map.
Most of the time, this humble food cart is packed with heaps of fresh ingredients for the crowds of repeat customers to fawn over as they wait for their favorite dish.
They serve the typical bánh mì—a take-away style baguette sandwich, with your choice of fillings—but for a different, more traditional take, try their sizzling hot plate. It’s how the bánh mì first started in Vietnam.
If variety is the spice of life then this eclectic vendor offers one of the hottest tastes in Ho Chi Minh City.
A veritable smorgasbord of ingredients is on show behind the glass counter here, displayed alongside a bundle of beautifully crisp, fluffy baguettes.
Options include the classic banh mi thap cam (mixed meat) and banh mi thit nuong (barbecued pork).
For something different, opt for marinated pig’s ear with tender, juicy roast duck—a surprising combination that actually works.