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

Banh Mi Op La

Vietnamese Fried Egg Sandwich

Literally translated "sunnyside up bread", bánh mì ốp la is basically a fried egg sandwich with a load of delicious complimentary ingredients. It usually contains cha lua, or Vietnamese ham slices. Cilantro, cucumber, tomato, and pickled daikon/carrot are usually the vegetables. Then there's the condiments - soy sauce, hot chili sauce, and mayonaise. The mayo isn't usually your typical Miracle Whip. It's often homemade, sometimes cut with butter. Sometimes you can find a vendor who goes all out and adds some pate, pork belly, or headcheese. As always, it's served on a crusty, yet light, Vietnamese-style baguette that's made with both wheat and rice flour.