Definition of banh mi in English:

banh mi

noun

  • (in Vietnamese cuisine) a sandwich consisting of a baguette (traditionally baked with both rice and wheat flour) filled with a variety of ingredients, typically including meat, pickled vegetables, and chili peppers.

    ‘along with classic banh mi, there are refreshing cold noodles and exceptional bowls of soup’
    • ‘This bright little Vietnamese shop, owned by Hanco Tang, has just a counter and a few tables; the attraction is banh mi, sandwiches on warm, plump, crusty baguettes.’
    • ‘Even so, banh mi, those Vietnamese heroes loaded with lunch meats more mysterious-looking even than an Oscar Mayer variety pack, are not everyone's idea of a suitable breakfast sandwich.’
    • ‘Already on the rise as part of the New York food scene is the Vietnamese banh mi - a toasted baguette filled with pork, pickled vegetables, fresh coriander and mayonnaise.’
    • ‘And a Vietnamese-style sandwich made with crumbled pork sausage, pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, and garlicky aioli on great French bread is a worthy tribute to Brooklyn's banh mi shops.’
    • ‘But in Ho Chi Minh City, banh mi for breakfast is as common as bagels and lox are on the Upper West Side.’

Origin

From Vietnamese bánh mi ‘bread’.

Pronunciation

banh mi

/ˈbän mē/