Banh Mi Hoa Ma, Ho Chi Minh City

Banh Mi Hoa Ma (Vietnamese: Bánh Mì Hòa Mã) serves up one of the best breakfasts in Saigon. Stationed at the entrance khổng lồ an alleyway in District 3, this Saigon institution prepares their banh mi a bit differently. Rather than eating a pre-assembled sandwich you’ll be enjoying on a banh mi “set”.

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Grab one of the plastic stools lining the alleyway and order the “bánh mì ốp la đầy đủ thứ“. You’ll be served a sizzling hot skillet of eggs & pork which is used to lớn assemble your own banh mày sandwich on a fresh baguette. You may be surprised to lớn learn that this is actually the more traditional way of eating a banh mày in Vietnam giới.


The Ambiance

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Don’t expect fine dining at Banh Mi Hoa Ma – you’ll be sitting on a plastic stool in an alleyway. But as you surely know by now some of the best food in Vietnam is served in this exact setting. You’ll also be surrounded by plenty of locals gobbling down their own breakfast which we always take as a sure sign of a great restaurant.

Don’t plan on visiting Banh Mi Hoa Ma if the forecast calls for rain as there is just a small awning off the side of the building that barely covers a handful of tables. You’ll surely get soaked if you get caught eating here in a downpour.


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There are only 2 food options on the thực đơn at Banh Mi Hoa Ma. The first & most popular is the banh mày fried egg phối (bánh mỳ ốp la đầy đủ thứ) which comes with 2 fried eggs and several cuts of pork all still sizzling in a small personal skillet. It also comes with a small dish of pate and mayonnaise & a fresh French baguette.

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It’s up lớn you khổng lồ decide how you want lớn eat your breakfast set. You can rip your baguette in half & pile everything onto lớn it for a massive & delicious breakfast sandwich. Or you can eat the meat và eggs straight out of the skillet & then use the baguette to lớn mop up the remaining egg yolks at the end.

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Regardless of how you choose to eat it, the banh ngươi mix at Banh Mi Hoa Ma is a strong contender for best banh mi in Saigon!

The second option is a pre-assembled banh ngươi that uses most of the same pork parts, but alas, no eggs. I am not sure why anyone would choose this option unless you were getting it for take-away.


The Price Tag

A hearty banh mi breakfast mix from Banh Mi Hoa Ma will set you back 52,000 VND (~2.25 USD).

Throw in an iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk (cà phê sữa đá) & a wet napkin to lớn clean your hands before or after your meal và you’re looking at a total price tag of 67,000 VND for breakfast.


Our Recommendation

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If you’re in District 3 before 11am you should definitely stop by Banh Mi Hoa Ma. It’s everything you could want out of an authentic dining experience in Vietnam giới – fresh, delicious, filling, inexpensive, & eaten on a tiny plastic stool in an alleyway.

Make sure you visit in the morning as Banh Mi Hoa Ma is only open from 6am – 11am.


Location: 53 Cao Thắng, Phường 3, Quận 3, Sài Gòn, Vietnam

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