The story of “banh mi Saigon” (Saigon bread)
If you have a chance to arrive Saigon, don’t forget to try “bánh mì Saigon” (/ˈbæn ˌmiː/), a special type of sandwiches and breads in Saigon. People believed that by the time the bread, or baguette for more specifically, was brought to Saigon by the French, then, it was improved and developed to be more suitable with the busy life in Saigon. As the most popular fast food, the French baguette became shorter and bigger in the body, so that it can be easier to take-away and fulfill with sliced pork, pork sausage, pâté, soy sauce or the special sauce of each store and vegetable… By that way, together with the development of Saigon, “banh mi Saigon” now can be found everywhere and has becomes a specialty of Saigon street food culture. Moreover, like “ao dai”, the term “banh mi” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011.
Bread and coffee
For a long time, people got used to enjoying this special type of bread as a fast food, which can be bought from a roadside stall or a bakery and taken-away. Nowadays, “banh mi Saigon” has its new approach to diners, bread and coffee. Bread and coffee has become a new trend that is strongly responded by the youth in Saigon, those years. As a contrast to the Saigon’s busy life, the youth, today, love to have a peaceful place, where they can sit down and enjoy their time with friend. However, except coffee and other drinks, they also need something available to satisfy their stomachs. And the Saigon bread seems to be the most suitable thing for them. By that way, many “bread and coffee” stores are now opened in Saigon and Minh Tam Bread and Coffee as a perfect example for this kind of business.
Located at 235, Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5, Saigon (HCMC), Minh Tam Bread and Coffee has its advantage on the location (near Hochiminh City University of Pedagogical). As the great combination among foods, drinks and atmosphere, this coffee shop is much different from the others in this city. If you sit there, enjoy your cup, and surf the web hour by hour, this store’s diverse menu with bread and other fast food are available for you with the best price. Moreover, there are also lots of special drinks, such as: soda – syrup with crystal jelly, chocolate drinks, tea and milk tea, fresh fruit juice and smoothies… with the very “soft” price from 17,000 vnd to 28,000 vnd.
The greatest thing I found from this café should be their design. This place is not really wise in area but I can feel absolutely free and comfortable for every second there. The youthful design from color to structure brought me back to my childhood, and the highlight of this café would be their walls. These walls designed in timeline structure, with full of images and notes of customers makes this café as a place to keep all the memories of everyone who has ever been there. All of these special things, with tender lights and symphonic music will give you a great feeling as a space of the past…
Therefore, when you come there, don’t forget to write something on this wall and then try to find it the next time you come back. It can be a great experience.
|Hours||6:00 to 22:00 (Monday to Sunday)|