banh mi

\ ˈbän-ˈmē How to pronounce banh mi (audio) , ˈbæn- \

Definition of banh mi

: a usually spicy sandwich in Vietnamese cuisine consisting of a split baguette filled typically with meat (such as pork or chicken) and pickled vegetables (such as carrot and daikon) and garnished with cilantro and often cucumbers They start by reinventing the banh mi—the classic street-vendor Vietnamese-French sandwich.— Julia Moskin, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2009

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First Known Use of banh mi

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banh mi

borrowed from Vietnamese bánh mì, literally, “bread, baguette,” from bánh “cake, pastry” + “wheat”

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“Banh mi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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