Best banh mi in Vancouver
By Vancity Buzz
Mr. Red Café
This Northern Vietnamese gem serves up a range of tantalizing dishes, from sliced rare beef pho to sticky rice and mung bean dumplings. Yet, it is their loaded subs that keep patrons coming back time and time again. Toppings include chicken, meatballs, spicy pâté, a veggie mix, and beef stew.
Au Petit Café
Simple, fresh and delicious banh mi is what you can expect when you drop by this no-frills, Main Street spot. Patrons can choose between an array of fillings, like homemade hams, meatballs, shredded chicken, and liver pâté, that come sandwiched between a fresh French baguette.
This casual canteen-style eatery dedicates its menu to Vietnamese classics, such as vermicelli bowls and banh mi. Served on a cripsy fresh baked baguettes with cucumbers, picked radish and carrots, cilantro and jalapeños, it’s no wonder why DD MAU has a line-up out their door come lunch.
Ha Long Bay
Made on fresh baguettes, Ha Long Bay offers a variety of banh mi options, which include beef stew, grilled lemongrass chicken, and grilled pork. Topped with crisp, tasty veggies, Ha Long Bay’s subs are a filling lunch time feed for downtown workers. To avoid the lunch rush be sure to turn up before midday, or after 1 p.m.
Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro
Located across from English Bay, Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro offers West End diners six different freshly made banh mi sandwiches to choose from, for $6.25 or less.
This tiny storefront on Robson Street offers a solid and inexpensive list of Vietnamese subs, with prices ranging from $4.50 to 4.75. Can’t decide which topping to choose (there are nine in total) go for the Special Sub.
n addition to their sought-after bubble teas, Chi-Licious also whips up homemade banh mi’s, which range from the more traditional, like the Saigon Signature (various cold cut meats, BBQ pork, pork floss, pate) to the inventive, like the Ducking Good (Roasted duck, ginger, scallion) and the Seoul Savoury (Kalbi beef, kimchi, seaweed strips).
Five Elements Café
At $4 a piece, no one can deny the incredible value of Five Elements Café’s Vietnamese Submarines. All sandwiches, no matter whether they’re stacked with salty meats or garlic laden tofu, are generously dressed with pickled veggies, fresh cucumber, and cilantro.
Ba Le Deli & Sandwich Shop
This Vietnamese deli and sandwich shop on Kingsway, bakes their bread in-house everyday and loads it with all the usual banh mi fixings. Opt for their #2 Grilled Pork Sandwich. The bread is crunchy, the meat warm and tender, and the veggies crisp. Those searching for an extra kick can select to have spice added.
For a reliable, affordable and quick banh mi fix head to Hornby Street’s One Saigon. Sandwiches are priced at $4 and come topped with cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon, pâté, mayonnaise, hoisin sauce and hot sauce.