Culinary Ambassadors: Breakfast in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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I work with 300 Vietnamese employees and I'm constantly looking around to see what they are bringing in for breakfast everyday. I see banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), banh cuon (minced pork and veggies in a rice roll crepe), cua sup (crab soup), rice noodles with Vietnamese sausages, and steamed corn on the cob. In Ho Chi Minh City, there is an abundant variety of eats for breakfast and morning street-food carts line up near schools and local markets to entice hungry people.
My colleagues and I found the most amazing street food cart selling banh mi. The banh mi cart is only open for a few hours in the morning until everything is sold out.
A 51¢ (10,000 VND) breakfast banh mi consists of grilled pork, fried egg, sautéed onions, cucumbers, pickled carrots & radish, and cilantro. A spread of pate with a squirt of sweet chili sauce and soy sauce season everything inside. Pork is grilled next to the cart and eggs are fried to order. The fresh ingredients are all assembled in a light crusty Vietnamese baguette right in front of your eyes.
I usually enjoy this sandwich with a Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk.
—Jen, of sitesnbites.com
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