plural banh mi also banh mis
: 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
Here we have the original banh mi—a reliable favourite on a classic crusty baguette. Cold cut-style pork belly, chicken liver pâté (you can sub in avocado if that's more your thing), and soy-based Vietnamese sausage are finished with pickled carrots and daikon … , cucumbers, cilantro, aïoli and special sauce.Liza Agrba
In Queen Anne, the Vietnamese coffee shop Queen Càphê serves banh mis and spring rolls.Tan Vinh

Examples of banh mi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kung Fu Noodle For banh mi sandwiches, street food bites, stir fry noodles, sushi, rice bowls and bubble tea, head to Kung Fu Noodle in Birkdale Village. Alexandra Maloney, Charlotte Observer, 8 May 2024 Where to find the 11 best banh mi sandwiches in the Charlotte area. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 26 Apr. 2024 Union Hmong Kitchen is subbing out last year’s noodle dish for a banh mi brat with Hmong sausage, which chef Yia Vang said is a dish he’s been playing around with behind the scenes after it was created almost by accident for a post-shift meal. Jared Kaufman, Twin Cities, 2 Apr. 2024 Inside, grime music blasts as a pop-up vendor doles out vegan banh mi to shoppers who clutch bamboo toilet paper and vegan lox. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 Mariscal is currently on a quest to try as many banh mi eateries as possible near the office. Jasmine Li, Fortune, 7 Mar. 2024 The food lineup will consist of banh mi sandwiches, pho noodle soups, Korean corn dogs, appetizers, pastries, boba teas and Vietnamese coffees. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 7 Feb. 2024 That’s high praise for a selection that spans pizza, banh mi sandwiches, bulgolgi plates and breakfast burritos. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2024 In addition to the wide selection of beers, wines and cocktails, there's also a food menu with highlights such as Korean BBQ braised beef nachos, hoisin glazed pork banh mi, spring roll salad and a rotating pizza of the month. The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of banh mi was in 1985

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Cite this Entry

“Banh mi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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