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37 Nguyen Trai St., near New World, half a block southwest of traffic circle; sign on street cart says banh my/xiu mai, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Price
5

Americans have gone crazy for this ingenious French-Vietnamese sandwich, but you haven’t really tasted banh mi until you’ve tracked down the venerated Gai Banh Mi cart in Ho Chi Minh City’s First District. Coins of brazier-sizzled minced pork go into a crisp split baguette, with chili sauce, cilantro sprigs, and cucumbers. The whole is swaddled in newspaper and tied with a rubber band to take home—or ecstatically devour on the sidewalk.

Restaurant
Gai Banh Mi

Americans have gone crazy for this ingenious French-Vietnamese sandwich, but you haven’t really tasted banh mi until you’ve tracked down the venerated Gai Banh Mi cart in Ho Chi Minh City’s First District. Coins of brazier-sizzled minced pork go into a crisp split baguette, with chili sauce, cilantro sprigs, and cucumbers. The whole is swaddled in newspaper and tied with a rubber band to take home—or ecstatically devour on the sidewalk.