banh mi

or bánh mì

[ bahn mee ]


  1. a Vietnamese sandwich on a crisp baguette spread with mayonnaise, typically containing pork or chicken and pâté, with pickled vegetables, cucumber, and cilantro.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of banh mi1

First recorded in 1985–90; from Vietnamese bánh mì “bread, baguette,” equivalent to bánh “any food made from flour; bread; cake” + “wheat, noodles”

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Example Sentences

“No, I, um don’t carry it with me,” he told Francis Do, who wouldn’t let my husband order a banh mi until Do saw his covid-19 vaccination card.

The Ham Jam’s thick fold of Parisian ham from Schaller & Weber is counterbalanced with honeyed butter and a fat application of housemade blueberry and Beaujolais jam, the elements crammed into a banh mi roll from Lyon Bakery.

For something slightly heartier, grab a banh mi and a yuzu limeade at 98 Center, or tuck into one of DoughBird’s drool-worthy crispy chicken sandwiches.


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