Banh mi is an official English word!

It was only a matter of time before this delicious Vietnamese staple became part of the English dictionary.  I always get a sense of pride when I’m at a Vietnamese deli ordering myself a banh mi and I hear a non-Vietnamese person say they want an order of banh mi instead of a “sandwich.” As of March 24, 2011, my favorite Vietnamese sandwich, joined other fobby food favorites like sushi and wonton in the Oxford English Dictionary.  But for the longest time, I always felt banh mi deserved an entry in the English dictionary and these are my top five reasons:

1. Who needs a $5 foot-long Subway sandwich when you can get a $1.00 foot-long banh mi?

2. There’s no other sandwich that combines cilantro with pâté and jalepenos.

3. Crunchy and crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside.

4. Sushi and cupcakes are yesterday’s food trend. Banh mi is the new craze!

5. Anthony Bourdain loves it and the video below says it all.

Banh mi is a growing fobby food trend. Even airlines are upgrading their food to include banh mi!

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  • Nadia

    I love to eat these at least once a week! I cannot believe they are so cheap and so delicious (and made so quickly!) Every bite gives you a slightly different flavor and they are all completely welcome! (Mmm. Cilantro….)

  • Amy

    I’m eating one right now! Pate…mmmmmmm

  • Benny

    I’m eating one right now at too

  • Aileen

    I actually navigated an ID parking lot for a banh mi. Traumatic.

  • someone at oxford have no clue what they doing! banh mi mean “bread” alone, it does not mean a sandwich! word should be in the dictionary is Pho! not banh! when you speak of vietnamese you think of Pho! not banh mi! just my 2cent lol

  • Emily Co

    @ethanx I think it’s just a matter of time before pho becomes an official word!

  • I call them “Pho Buns”. It’s actually kinda catching on with my friends in Toronto. Thanks for the post!

  • Amy

    @euge_loo, I’m curious, how did you come up with “Pho Buns?”