A Food Lover's Travel Guide to the Best of Vietnamese Food

Banh Mi Cha Lua

Vietnamese Ham Sandwich

The speed and deliciousness balance can't be beat when it comes to banh mi. A quick 2 minute stop at a sandwich stand leaves you with a fresh baguette filled with cha lua (Vietnam's version of ham), cilantro, pickled carrot and daikon, chili pepper, hot sauce, pork fat, and maybe some pate.

Chả Lụa is a thing of beauty. In English it's sometimes refered to as pork roll, or pork loaf. In Vietnamese it's also called giò lụa. It's basically a mixture of ground pork, herbs, and spices that are wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed. Make sure you try multiple banh mi stands before you settle on being a regular at one. The cha lua is often homemade and different stands will have a different variety of spices.

Banh Mi Cha Lua or Vietnamese style ham or pork loaf sandwich