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.