Le Petit Saigon chef Theign Yie Phan with a pork banh mi. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Story of the banh mi: Vietnam’s super sandwich that took on the world

  • Introduced to Vietnam by the colonial French, the baguette was later adapted for local tastes
  • Banh mi is still sold in Vietnam as a cheap snack, but it is now also a hit around the world
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Le Petit Saigon chef Theign Yie Phan with a pork banh mi. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Alkira Reinfrank

Alkira Reinfrank

Alkira is a digital production editor and reporter with the South China Morning Post, where she also co-hosts the award-winning podcast Eat Drink Asia. Before moving to Hong Kong, Alkira worked as a multiplatform reporter with ABC News and WIN News in Australia. Alkira has appeared on BBC World News, BBC World Service, The Project (Australia), i24 News (Israel) and triple J Hack (Australia).

Bernice Chan

Bernice Chan

Bernice Chan is a senior writer on the Culture desk. She samples more than her share of dishes around Hong Kong and writes about people and issues that make an impact on the city.