Beautiful Vietnam
Google Doodle features Vietnamese Banh Mi
  • |, Google Doodle | March 24, 2020 04:00 PM

Google Doodle today, March 24, features the Vietnamese delicacy Banh Mi to mark the 9th year since the street-food sandwich entered the Oxford English Dictionary.

On March 24, 2011, Vietnamese bread or Banh Mi was admitted into the Oxford English Dictionary.


The Vietnamese delicacy Banh Mi featured by Google Doodle

According to Googe Doodle, “Some accounts posit Banh Mi’s humble beginnings in the late 1950s street stalls of Saigon’s noisy alleys, but an official origin story is yet to be verified. What is universally accepted about Banh Mi’s history: its French inspiration, the staple baguette sandwich.”

It also added that “A traditional Banh Mi consists of crispy and airy bread packed with a meat of choice (such as pork pâté, giò lụa, Vietnamese cold cuts or meatballs), sweet, crunchy veggies and herbs (pickled radishes, carrots, and cilantro), a spread of mayonnaise or margarine, and savoury soy sauce, finally topped with chilli sauce or peppers. Voilà! By replacing European flavours with Vietnamese ingredients, a tangy and sweet while simultaneously spicy and salty takeaway food was born.

In current times, one can find countless spin-offs of the sandwich in street stands, markets, and restaurants across the world, from New York, to Seoul, to Saigon. Koreans often enjoy Banh Mi’s stuffed with their signature bulgogi (barbeque beef) and kimchi. In the US, many popular recipes have traded the baguette with a brioche bun to create Banh Mi sliders.”

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