Banh Mi Vienna – Essentials at Old Quarter – Finger licking good!
Right on the Westbahnstrasse really close to the shopping street Mariahilferstrasse this tiny Banh Mi shop is serving one of the most famous dishes of Vietnam – the Banh Mi Sandwich. (Banh Mi Vienna)
The sandwich is a combination of a French baguette and Vietnamese ingredients and is being served in all kinds of variations around the world and finally it found its way into our tiny metropolis. I have eaten my share of Banh Mis around the globe and I wanna say that Old Quarter manages to serve up a tasty sandwich. As usual I love the classics which is the Xa Xiu (BBQ Pork Sandwich) and the owner Phung van Nam told me it is his mother’s recipe. Which is something everyone knows: Mom’s make the best food!
Banh Mi Sandwich – Xa Xiu with pickled vegetables – put a dash of Maggie and Sriracha on top and quench your thirst with the original Austrian Skiwater Himbeere
If you really don’t want any pork (sad but it happens) you could also go for the Aubergine (Melanzani) or the Pulled Chicken both are also quite good.
Westbahnstraße 10, 1070 Vienna
Just in case you wanna read up on the sandwich history – here is the Wiki description 😉
In Vietnamese, the word bánh mì is derived from bánh (which can refer to many kinds of food, including bread) and mì (wheat). It may also be spelled bánh mỳ in northern Vietnam. The word is likely derived from the French “pain de mie” meaning soft, white bread. Taken alone, bánh mì means “bread” but is understood to be the Vietnamese baguette. It may also refer to a sandwich (bánh mì kẹp being a more specific word), particularly the sandwiches made on Vietnamese baguettes. These sandwiches are called bánh mì Sài Gòn after the city in which they were popularized. However, even in Vietnam, “a bánh mì for breakfast” implies a meat-filled sandwich for breakfast, not just bread.