One of the most favorite food for breakfast in Vietnam is Banh Mi (Bread), but finding a shop for true banh mi is not always easily even for local people. So, this is a direction to one of the best Banh Mi in Hanoi.
Located in a small house at 16 Le Quy Don Street, only 10 minutes on the bike from Ho Guom, the 20-year-old Banh Mi shop serves only Banh Mi and is operated by an old lady, who is always so nice and talkative.
What makes Banh Mi 16 Le Quy Don special is its ingredients and origin. According to the owner, her Banh Mi are all homemade. Every morning, her relative delivers organic pork to Hanoi for her from country side. For more than 20 years, she only accepts the pork shoulder which has both lean and fat to make the best flavor pate paste.
Every batch of pate paste takes 8 hours to be completed, the lady after gathering all the freshest ingredients will process them one by one to make sure they are willing to deliver to best taste, grind and end up by steaming them for 8 hours. The pate paste then is used for Banh Mi topping and, and thanks to the lady’s exquisite work, it has been the top picked ingredients and push her selling from 20 loaves/day from the very first days to over 1000 loaves/day now after 20 years. Besides pate paste, she also offer many other kinds of topping as fried egg, tradition sausage and Chả quế (made from fresh pork paste by squeeze it with a special tool and steam it). Eaters can choose to put only one, more or even all the ingredients in their Banh Mi, at the end the owner usually put some slices of cucumber and herbs and add a little chilli sauce, if you do not like any of them, you’re free to ask the owner to remove it from your Banh Mi.
The lady owning the shop really put her own mind on every Banh Mi she made and it could be felt obviously by eating them. At first, you will find how crunchy, dense and scented the bread is as the flour is chosen carefully on her own. Next you will taste the blend of the ingredients, especially if you order a pate paste banh mi, it feels somehow buttery but never too greasy, just perfect in your mouth and smells on your tongue, the combination of all the topping is too good an enough nutrition for a meal, and the price is quite pleasing, only 1US dollar.
If you are looking for a spot to taste Vietnamese Banh Mi, 16 Le Quy Don, Hanoi would be one of the must try, let come to taste the flavor of hot homemade pate paste and sausage, I bet there will be next times if you wish to eat Banh Mi again.
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