Banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich, has become a widely beloved dish. With its unique combination of flavors—crunchy bread, sour pickled carrots, fresh cucumbers, savory cold cuts, among other things—banh mi has captured the imagination of people, even at non-Vietnamese establishments. How did this happen? What can we learn when we examine the history of this distinctive sandwich, from the time of French colonization in Vietnam, to the period of refugee migrations following the Vietnam War, to now?
Quan Tran, lecturer in the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program at Yale University
Soleil Ho, restaurant food critic at the San Francisco Chronicle
Duc Nguyen, a banh mi chef and shop-owner of Duc’s Place in New Haven, CT.
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