The BEST bánh mì on Phu Quoc Island

The BEST bánh mì on Phu Quoc Island

Bánh mì, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich made with a short baguette loaf and a variety of fillings such as beef, chicken, pork, and vegetables, as well as buttery mayonnaise, is one of the best Asian sandwiches you'll ever eat.

inside of bánh mì vietnamese sandwich
Bánh mì, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich made with a short baguette loaf and a variety of fillings (source: Google Maps)

If you’re in Phu Quoc and looking for a place to grab a tasty bánh mì, then just follow this simple guide through some of the best spots in town.

1. Út Tâm:

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/qXqcn5cgMbh7Ytiu9

bánh mì Út Tâm Phú Quốc front door
Bánh mì Út Tâm front door (source: Google Maps)

So many things about the bánh mì at Út Tâm stand out. The bread is crusty but not too hard, and the ingredients are spread equally so that you never get a bite that is full of carrots and daikon. The sweet dried fish, which adds some welcome crunchiness, is the main reason to order the Út Tâm's classic here.

bánh mì Út Tâm Phú Quốc front display
The sweet dried fish, which adds some welcome crunchiness, is the main reason to order the Út Tâm's classic here. (source: Google Maps)

Aside from the roll's quality, each bite of crumbled, sweet dried fish perfectly balances the buttery chả lụa, cold cucumbers, vinegary carrots and daikon, and cilantro tassels. In Duong Dong, this is our favorite bánh mì.

With only 15-20k VND (less than 1 dollar), you will have a loaf of bread with a lot of filling, which will help you have a full stomach for a quick meal. They also serve delicious sweet bread for as low as 10k VND.

They are located at 307 Nguyễn Trung Trực street, Dương Đông town and They are open from 7 am to 10 pm every day of the week, so they are a great option to grab a delicious bánh mì for lunch or breakfast or even late dinner.

2. Tuấn Mập Sài Gòn:

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/siwFidAFUcbnMHfJ6

bánh mì Tuấn Mập Sài Gòn Phú Quốc island front display
bánh mì Tuấn Mập Sài Gòn offers three filling options (source: Google Maps)

The untoasted baguette's outer edge cracks like delicate glass, and the squishy portion beneath absorbs a layer of pâté. Above that are four types of cold cuts (chả lụa, giò thủ-Vietnamese head cheese, chả bò, bì đỏ), big chunks of crunchy cucumber, pickled carrots, and chilies (if you ask for it spicy). And you might be a little worried about how all of these different meat products will work together. Take a bite, and you'll feel something else: joy, which is heightened by the fact that this mass of tasty, expertly arranged ingredients costs only 20K VND.

Their banh mi menu offers only three filling options such as cold cuts, Roasted Pork, and “thập cẩm” - it means they will put everything in your bánh mì.

They are located at 211 Nguyễn Trung Trực street, Dương Đông town, and their services hours are 7 AM to 12 PM for breakfast, 2 PM to 9:30 PM the rest of the day, Monday to Sunday.

3. Nhung

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/eAje29crimubSUEh8

bánh mì Nhung Phú Quốc
bánh mì Nhung Phú Quốc (source: Google Maps)

It's difficult to pinpoint a single factor that makes our favorite bánh mì at this shop. It could be the slightly pressed bread that holds all of the ingredients together and ensures that each delicious bite is identical to the last. It's also possible that the rich, grainy pâté will steal the show. Or it could be that the chà bông (rousong) adds a layer of porky chewiness to balance out the crunch of the vegetables. It's more than likely a combination of all three.

We love how you can add a fried egg to any bánh mì for 5k VND and customize the spice level with any combination of hot sauce and chilies you want.

They are open from 7:30 am to 6: 30pm every day of the week, so they are a great option to grab a delicious banh mi for any meal.

4. Cô Mai (Mrs. Mai)

Map: https://g.page/Bup-restaurant?share

bánh mì cô Mai Phú Quốc
bánh mì Cô Mai is more than 10 years old (source: Nguyễn Minh Đức)

Take one look at Cô Mai's bánh mì and you'll feel something. Of course, there will be excitement. With layers of pâté, chả lụa, and braised pork dripping with a slick butter, how could there not be? Each component would be too rich, vinegary, or spicy on its own, but they're all portioned and organized in such a way that the sandwich comes close to perfection.

This bánh mì shop is more than 10 years old, the owner is a teacher and her students still come here to buy bánh mì every morning for their families.

The shop is only open from 6 AM to 9 AM every day of the week, make sure you arrive early to avoid leaving empty-handed.

5. Bánh mì chả cá 30.4

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/vJTp1sDwnn3r97n97

bánh mì chả cá Phú Quốc
bánh mì chả cá stuffed with freshly fried fish cakes

This is not the place to go if you want a bánh mì with chả lụa and pâté or braised pork. If you're looking for the best fish cake bánh mì in Phu Quoc, you should go here as soon as possible and order the fishcake bánh mì. It's stuffed with freshly fried fish cakes surrounded by pickled carrots, daikon, and Vietnamese herbs. This sandwich is absolutely delicious.

fillings bánh mì chả cá Phú Quốc
surrounded by pickled carrots, daikon, and Vietnamese herbs

Bánh mì chả cá originated in Saigon city, you can find a lot of places selling it there. But in Phu Quoc, it is difficult for you to find a place that sells bánh mì chả cá with a typical flavor like in Saigon. This shop is one of the rare places in Phu Quoc.

Their service hours are between 7 AM to 11 AM every day of the week. Bánh mì chả cá is at 217, 30-4 street, Dương Đông town, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area and looking for a good place for Sài Gòn special bánh mì.

Conclusion

What’s your favorite type of Bánh mì? Bánh mì is a great option for breakfast, a simple lunch, or a light dinner. We Vietnamese can eat bánh mì for any meal of the day, lol. They also go excellently with sweet boba tea or ginger beer.

With so many incredible places on Phu Quoc island, you should have no trouble finding something to suit your taste or budget. Before going to any locations, keep in mind their available time.

Did you enjoy our list? Please share, and let us know your favorite type of Vietnamese dish.

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