Before being proposed to have an honorary day, Vietnamese bread was always a traditional dish that made many Vietnamese proud.
Talking about Vietnamese cuisine, there are countless dishes that everyone can name, but besides pho, one of the most mentioned names in the world is probably banh mi. Especially in recent years, the four dear words “Vietnamese banh mi” have received a lot of love from international friends.
Take a look at many memorable milestones in the journey of bread becoming the pride of Vietnam and gradually reaching out to the world:
In 2018, Dong Phuong Bakery (Dong Phuong Bakery) of a Vietnamese family in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) became the first Vietnamese bakery to win the James Bread Award (an extremely prestigious and famous culinary award. prestigious worldwide reputation for nearly 70 years). Vietnamese bread seems to have taken another step to be recognized by the world for its sophistication in processing as well as taste.
With its popularity, Vietnamese bread has been completely included in the Oxford dictionary, which is considered an important milestone of the country’s cuisine. Not a Vietnamese baguette, nor a Vietnamese sandwich, this dish is favored by people all over the world with a proper name, which is: Banh mi /ˈbɑːn miː/.
The achievement right after appearing in the world’s most prestigious English dictionary was outstanding when bread immediately appeared on many major information sites. The Guardian newspaper called banh mi “the best sandwich in the world”, topping the list of 12 street foods voted by the US travel magazine Condé’ Nast Traveler, and National Geographic magazine voted Vietnamese bread as one of the top 12 street foods. 11 of the world’s best street foods and finally entered the top 20 of the world’s best street foods by Huffington Post.
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In particular, after ranking on the world culinary map, banh mi also “aired” on the Google homepage in more than 10 countries to celebrate the day Vietnamese bread was included in the dictionary.
Although the traditional banh mi meat is present everywhere, each region and each city has its own variations to suit the geography and taste of diners. There are “strange” fillings such as filter powder, dried black beef, shredded chicken, dried shumai, etc. as popular as fish cakes, shredded chicken or ancestral bread. In addition to sandwiching various fillings inside, banh mi still has countless other interesting versions such as breadsticks, sliced bread, pan bread, etc. It makes it even clearer that it’s not any other dish. Bread has been and continues to conquer fastidious customers everywhere, contributing to highlighting the unique features of bread on the world culinary map.
Keyword: Looking back at the memorable “reaching out to the world” milestones of Vietnamese bread