I love history you can pick up and eat. Vietnam’s banh mi can trace its roots back to the days of French colonial rule, when the humble baguette was given a lighter, fluffier personality, and traditional French ingredients like pate and mayonnaise were added to chilli, coriander, grilled pork and pickled vegetables.
Today, banh mi thit is available everywhere from five-star buffets to the tail-end of a Honda Cub in an alleyway. It’s possibly the most readily available on-the-go meal you’re likely to find. But whose version is the best?