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Banh mi in Hoi An: Where and what price?

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Banh Mi in Hoi An

Famous in the whole of Vietnam but particularly good in Hoi An, one can’t visit the town without stopping by one of those street stalls selling bánh mì. (En: Baguette sandwich)

Pretty decent fix for a breakfast, there are plenty of different recipes either based of meet / paté depending on the ‘banh mi lady’ they either ask you what you want in your banh mi or they decide for you.

Or there is also the more classic  banh mi op la (baguette with fried eggs), often served with herbs and soya sauce.

Banh mi op la

banh_mi_op_la There are many banh mi stools scattered across Hoi An and unfortunately I haven’t tried them all so my recommendations are going to be based on a thousand I have tried.

For banh mi op la my favourite address is at 76 Nguyen Truong to street, it’s a 10 minutes walk from the center but worth a visit. A banh mi op la here is very good and I would say as good as others in Hoi An (you can’t really go wrong with fried eggs) but the thing I like about this place is that she does NOT apply ‘white tax’ so you will be paying exactly the same price as local people. The owner, Ms. Diem is a very nice person as well and speaks good English.

Banh mi op la with 2 eggs cost = 15,000 vnd

I think when you have lived in Hoi An maybe too long like me, you get like a big ‘high’ when the price you are given on your first visit are the local prices instead of having to build up a relation with the owner to gradually come down the foreign price ladder. So, decent banh mi and no surprise price. I think she deserves a mention.

Banh mi thit (En: meat)

Plenty of choice around and generally speaking most are good and some are even better. The banh mi’s in the outskirts of town are obviously more centered towards Vietnamese clients so the piece of meat used might not please everyone but the ones closer to town no problem. The banh mi, I tend to go to is banh mi Khanh aka the banh mi Queen, I can’t describe all that is in her banh mi’s but its very good, and that’s all that matters. Like many Vietnamese people, she has decided to make an extra filled banh mi for foreigners as we are ‘very fat’ compared to locals, I think she charges tourists around 25,000 vnd for this banh mi with egg and meat which is acceptable as the local size is no where near as full, she claims that she charges the same to locals and foreigners honestly I can’t tell until maybe one of the readers of this blog tries, we need an outsider…

bahn-mi A Banh mi with just meat and vegetables will cost from 10,000 vnd to 15,000 vnd, I am talking a normal standard banh mi.

Banh mi Phuong is another great banh mi in town and recently got a bit of fame for her ‘work’.  A famous American chef, Anthony Bourdain went there and wrote a lot about her banh mi’s. (source: http://bellasupiana.com/tag/anthony-bourdain-hoi-an-banh-mi-phuong/ )

Great banh mi but a lot less friendly than the banh mi queen which is probably why I tend to go to the other one. Watch out for the prices a bit more, I have heard all kinds of ‘inflations’.

Banh Mi Khanh (The Queen) – Address: 115 Tran Cao Van street, Hoi An

Banh Mi Phuong – Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh street, Hoi An

Oulala Doner kebab Hoi An – Address: 187 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hoi An


Price guideline:

  • Empty baguette – 3,000 vnd
  • Banh mi op la – 15,000 vnd
  • Banh mi with meat – 10,000 to 20,000 vnd

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6 Comments

  1. Peter December 12, 2014 at 3:51 am -  Reply

    Love Banh Mi Phuong, but yes, the prices vary greatly. Fresh tourist 25K, repeat tourist 15K (when she recognized me and was in a good mood)

    • admin December 13, 2014 at 11:49 am -  Reply

      Unfortunately, yes there are quite a few ‘ladders’ of prices:
      1 – Local price
      2 – Price for Vietnamese living in a different part of the country
      3 – Expat price (when he can prove it!)
      4 – Tourist / Vietnamese from overseas

  2. Pieter January 17, 2015 at 6:13 am -  Reply

    Oulala at 187 Ly Thuong Kiet? Golf Hotel is there!

    • admin March 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

      They moved. They used to be on the pavement in front of Golf hotel. I haven’t been on the site much, will re-edit new address soon.

  3. Shane January 21, 2015 at 6:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Just found your website & clicked on the tips for shopping. Well done. I agree with your comments re TA. In Thailand there is active neighbours bagging neighbours regarding quality etc.

    Have you any recommendations regarding hiring a bike / bike tour. There seems to be at least four outfits to choose from.

    Regards
    Shane

    • admin March 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

      Sorry shane – probably too late for a reply but if not for a bike rental expect to pay max 100,000 vnd for 24h (that would be recent automatic) for older ones pay 70-80 k vnd. bike tour based in hoi an – go for Hoi An motorbike tours with their green russian minks bikes.

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