I have always felt a bit left out when people have passionate discussions about Vietnamese sandwiches (bánh mì) simply because I do not enjoy coriander, pâté and some of the other ingredients which come by standard. Since I am a sandwich addict back home, it was a great day for me when I stumbled upon the lady making sandwiches in the alleyway entrance at 37 Nguyễn Trãi street.
The sandwich on offer here is a bánh mì thịt nướng, which just means a sandwich with grilled meat. This kind of sandwich is not that common to come across in the city, but to me it is Vietnamese sandwich perfection. Grilled meatballs in a fresh French baguette with just two simple sauces and some veggies. The chili sauce has a bit of a kick, but does not overpower the other flavours. There is also a dark sauce which I am not quite sure what it is, but it fits in perfectly.
Mind you this place is not fancy, you get your sandwich wrapped in a sheet of paper with a rubber string or two around it. There is nowhere to sit and you normally have to wait for a bit as there is always someone else ordering when you get there.
For just 15,000₫ you get one hell of a bánh mì, and even though it might not be cheap when comparing to the average sandwich on sale on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, I dare you to find one which brings better value. Do note that she starts selling sandwiches at around 5pm and leaves when she has sold out.