Vietnamese subs, also known as Bánh Mì, have gained a lot of popularity over the years. And who can resist? Toasted baguettes filled with flavourful meats and pickled veggies are a delicious lunch or snack. Like Fred Penner said, sandwiches are beautiful… and these definitely are. Here are six places where you can enjoy these sandwiches in Calgary.
Bánh Mì Thi Thi
This family run business has been a staple in Chinatown for over 30 years! Bánh Mì Thi Thi’s tiny storefront has fed crowds, and even now you will find a line-up for their delicious subs. From sate beef and chicken to ribs and more, each sub is lined with cheese and topped with pickled carrots, cucumbers, onions and cilantro. It’s the perfect hand-held lunch while taking a walk by the river.
209 1 Street SE
Located in Forest Lawn, close to International Avenue, Saigon Deli has been around for a while. Their cold cuts sub is the fan favourite here and people are happy to boast about it on social media. Filled with cold cuts, liver paté and topped with pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro and jalapeno.
4527 8 Avenue SE
Kim Anh Vietnamese Submarines
You can find Kim Anh and their house made sandwiches on 17th Avenue downtown. While they have the usual sate meats and cold cut subs, they have a few different options available. These include shrimp tempura, lemongrass chicken, and even tofu. There is definitely something to appeal to all tastebuds.
626 17 Avenue SW
If you are in the northeast, you can curb your banh mi craving at BanhMi Sub. While you will find the classics here, they also have a few options you won’t find anywhere else, like charcoal bread. Their fillings include bean curd, beef steak and egg or you can even try a banh mi pizza. If you love their bread, you can take home a bag of their baguettes.
3145 5 Avenue NE
Bánh Mì Phương Mai
Head to 17th Avenue in the southeast and you will find this cute shop on International Avenue. You can enjoy their Pork Ball Salted Egg Yolk sub dressed with mayo, pickled carrots, cucumbers, white onions, jalapenos and cilantro. Their beef and chicken satay subs include peanuts and their signature sauce. While you’re there, grab a cup of their freshly made sugarcane juice.
4710 17 Avenue SE
After outgrowing their original space in Highwood, Cam Do and Linh La re-branded opening a bigger and better Rau Bistro restaurant in Crescent Heights Village. An assortment of tasty items are available for dine-in or take-out with the subs being one of the menu highlights. This crusty, airy baguette is topped with your typical ingredients and available in several options. Choose from cold cuts (paté, ham, jambon), meatballs in tomato sauce, fish cakes, fried eggs, pork, satay beef, chicken, sausage and vegan options. Pairs nicely with one of the fruit sodas on ice.
806 Centre Street North