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“Nice hoagies, not the best banh mi in Saigon”
Review of My Banh Mi

My Banh Mi
Ranked #137 of 5,424 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: USD 6 - USD 20
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese, Fusion
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Description: Authentic Taste, Clean & Healthy My Banh Mi (MBM) should not be mistaken with a sidewalk street stall. We are a specialty restaurant recognized for authentic Vietnamese home cooking. A two page limited menu offers authentic Vietnamese Vegan & non- Vegan meals: Classic Noodles, Meats and Vegetarian Items. As MBM culinary bonafides, food professionals rate MBM specialties as #1 in Vietnam for both taste authenticity and quality. Ctrip (China PRC) - Food Maps (Pan Asian TV ) - Moya Moya Japan TV - TripAdvisor Over 1,100 reviews - Rurubu (Japanese Tour Guide) - Vinadaytravel (Vietnamese Tour Operator) - Tripzilla (Vietnamese Tour Operator) - Coconuts.Co (Asian Travel Advisory Service) AMBIANCE: Air-conditioned - English speaking table service. AUTHENTIC: Authentic meals imparting delicate flavors combining authentic herbs and spices. SERVING: Clean, healthy, authentic meals offering excellent value for money. Five star quality moderately priced. DINING HOURS: Last orders 8:30.
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Despite the other reviews, these are not the best banh mi in Saigon (for those you have to look elsewhere). These are nice American/Western style meat & salad rolls, aka hoagies / po'boys (or whatever you call them), and the menu is extensive. I have eaten there a couple of times and not been disappointed but they don't have that authentic Vietnamese style "banh mi" flavour or experience.

If you're looking for a nice western style sandwich, this is your place. If you're looking for the best authentic Vietnamese style banh mi, this is not it.

Date of visit: August 2016
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GohH76, Owner at My Banh Mi, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2016

Dear Del E,
Thank you for your review. With regard to Banh Mi authenticity, we appreciate that many are not familiar with the fact that the Banh Mi was introduced to Saigon by the French in the 19th Century. The French and Vietnamese Culinary masters of the day basically constructed their sandwich with high quality roasted meats on a French baguette. Their Vietnamese Banh Mi version of their French sandwich was differentiated by the garnishing that used local greens such as cilantro, spring onion, mild chili and cucumber as opposed to their French sandwich that was constructed with a traditional lettuce and tomato.
As a result of the quality roasted meats and ingredients used, the Banh Mi was an expensive quality sandwich that was primarily only affordable to the affluent. As edification, the term “Banh Mi” in Vietnamese simply means bread and is commonly referred to a sandwich, any sandwich. The term Banh Mi does not require specific ingredients, as such, one can call a peanut butter and jelly sandwich a Banh Mi and be totally accurate. The term Banh MI is not like “Hot Dog” that requires a sausage or “Hamburger” that requires a ground beef patty; the term Banh Mi can be anything that one wants to construct using bread.
Basically, as a result of the status symbol the Banh Mi carried and there being no requirement in the construction or ingredients, street vendors used the name but lowered the quality of the roll they used and the mystery meats fillings that they augmented with pickles to add flavor to the sandwich and to mask the unwanted flavors of the lower quality questionable ingredients.
History documents this past and logically and being unbiased, could you imagine that a French Chef would add pickles to steak, chicken or pork sandwich to provide flavor?
Our Banh Mis are totally authentic and a rarity compared to the many sidewalk vendors that have permeated the streets and creating a distorted benchmark of the Banh Mi. Basically, this is as if a fast food hamburger or pizza chain became the benchmark for an authentic and quality hamburger or pizza. Unfortunately, many have mistaken the Banh Mi to be a pickle oriented sandwich.
We trust that our explanation of Banh Mi history allows you to better understand what an authentic Banh Mi should look and taste like.
Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

On our first visit we tried the japanese, french, traditional and curry banh mi. All i can is there is a great consistency with the bread and the flavours are all unique but taste traditional at the same time. It was so good that we can back two days in a row.

Date of visit: August 2016
3  Thank Quyen N
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GohH76, Owner at My Banh Mi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2016

Dear Quyen N,

Thank you for your review and compliment on our food. Your returning twice in a row after dining with us initially, is a much appreciated compliment. Also, we are very pleased to read you had the opportunity to sample an array of our authentic Vietnamese specialties.

As a point of interest, in order for us to serve you the authentic taste and quality meal you dined upon, we require ourselves to start with the highest quality ingredients and employ old-fashioned cooking methodology that has been proven over countless generations.
The flavor and quality of our meals is attributed to our traditional slow cooking preparation that requires more time than most speed oriented restaurants of today. Unfortunately, our slow, authentic home cooking practices in today's world are rarely employed.

Also, as our loyal patrons demand a combination of impeccable hygiene, food quality and authenticity of taste, our ingredients cost more, our preparation time takes longer but only in this way can we can insure our loyal patrons with the authenticity of taste and flavor we have become renowned for.

As we offer the most extensive selection of authentic Banh Mis in Vietnam, featuring Vietnamese classics such as; Ba Roi Pork, Bo Kho Beef, Lemongrass Chicken to name only a few, we are very pleased that we had the opportunity to share a few of our in-house specialties with you. Thank you for your review.


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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Great food, great host, great location !!
Highly recommended ended up coming here two days in a row (beef and chicken sandwiches are great)

Date of visit: August 2016
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GohH76, Owner at My Banh Mi, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2016

Dear A TripAdvisor Member,

Thank you for your review and the great compliment of your dining with us for two days in a row. We are pleased to read our authentic Vietnamese home cooking provided you with great dining pleasure.

Thank you for your review and the opportunity to have served you.

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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Our family group stumbled on this place for dinner and were so pleased we did so. The vegetarian banh mi was wonderful! Service was great, and our toddler was made very welcome.

Date of visit: August 2016
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GohH76, Owner at My Banh Mi, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2016

Dear Julie B,

Thank you for your review commenting that our Banh Mi was wonderful and the service as being great. Regarding your toddler being welcomed, we are a family oriented restaurant and appreciate that we were toddlers once.

Thank you for your review and hoping we will have the opportunity to serve you once again in future.

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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Amazing variety of Banh Mi to choose from! Best food we've had on our trip in Vietnam! Service was impeccable and Frank was an amazing host and shared high knowledge and insights about the country!

Date of visit: August 2016
4  Thank davidgot12
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GohH76, Owner at My Banh Mi, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2016

Dear davidgot12,

Thank you for your review. We are very pleased and complimented to read that you thought the meal we prepared for you made for the “Best food” you had during your Vietnam trip.

We pride ourselves in our practice of Vietnamese home cooking that takes a little longer but provides our patrons with the authenticity of taste and unique flavors both we and Vietnam have become famed for.

We greatly appreciate your comments on our food quality and service, thank you once again.

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