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Banh Mi Thit

Banh Mi made with crunchy long roll

Banh Mi Thit or Vietnamese Sandwich/Pork Roll is a traditional Vietnamese street sandwich usually made with a toasted crunchy long roll. The usual fillings that you would find in the sandwich are thinly sliced carrots or pickled carrots and daikons, onions, cucumbers and peppers. Other fillings are either grilled or roast pork, pork roll ham (chả lụa) and liver paste/mayonnaise.

You can find these ingredients at your local Asian Market. If you are residing in Brisbane QLD, Australia you can find these Asian grocers at Inala or Sunnybank. They supply everything from kim chi to roast duck. Or if you are finding a place that sells Banh Mi Thit - I recommend Ba Minh at Darra and Inala. She has been making the best rolls however she doesn't fill them up as she used to. They cost about $3.50 for a roll.

The photos I took are about 3 years old. I used to work at a local bakery and I usually went home with free baguettes/french sticks and long rolls. This is my version of Banh Mi Thit. Since I did not have all of the ingredients I substituted it with other ingredients so it is not very traditional. It looked impressive tasted magnificent at the end.

Annn Tran's Aussie Banh Mi Thit

French stick and other ingredients

  • 4 crunchy long rolls or 1 long french stick cut into 4 (a bit smaller but you have more filling)
  • pinch of pepper/salt to taste
  • 1 onion sauteed or fried (however you like)
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • slices of fried bacon
  • 1/2 cup of rice vinegar or plain white vinegar
  • 1 to 2 carrots grated or pickled carrot
  • 1 cucumber sliced (as pictured above)
  • sliced pork roll ham/cha lua (as pictured above)
  • cilantro
  • margarine
  • mayonnaise
  • soy sauce and chili sauce to taste


In a pan, saute the onions, garlic and pepper/salt until fragrant and put aside.

In the same pan fry the strips of bacon until crispy and brown and put aside.

If you don't have the pickled stuff already, grate the carrots and place it in a small bowl and cover it with the vinegar. This will give a pickle flavour. Then cut the cucumber into strips.

Heat the long rolls up in an oven or a toaster until warm. If you don't have this I just use a sandwich maker. It does the same trick. Slice the the long rolls down in the middle and spread the margarine or butter onto both sides.

Finally put in all the ingredients in - first the cooked onions and garlic, cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and the bacon and pork roll ham and then drizzle with soy sauce and chili sauce. Yum! It is not the traditional style but this one is good enough for me!

(updated: 20/01/2010) WHERE in Brisbane QLD:

In brisbane you can get banh me thit at:

Minh Tan Bakery inside the Inala civic centre across from Suncorp

Bun Me outside the Inala Civic Shop....right next to the art gallery

Ba Minh at Darra Station takeaway shop

Vietnamese bakery on the Brunswick St Mall Fortitude Valley.


  1. yummy! that looks so good!!

  2. Looks so good! I always see the sandwiches on the menu, but I can never not get a big bowl of pho. Someday I'll be a little more adventurous.

  3. Mmmm...looks yummy. I'll try this recipe. Thks so much for sharing.

  4. Where can you get these in Brisbane?! I ate one of these in Canada 2 years ago and have been dreaming about them ever since.

  5. It's Minh Tan Bakery, opposite Suncorop bank in the Inala Civic centre =P I would know cause I work there.

  6. Its Minh Tan Bakery and Scott Road Deli. 'Ba Minh' is the mother of the girls at Minh Tan Bakery.

  7. @ Christine: yeah i know it's minh tan :P. And I know it's a family business... ..
    ..nice! thanks for correcting. you probably served me a few times :)

    I used to work in a bakery..got so over it after 3 long years lol.

    so i guess you have googled the place you work at hey :). a lot businesses do :).

  8. i live in southport in qld and am wondering if anyone knows of any bakeries nearby or do i need to travel all the way to fortitude valley? I love these rolls and used to be able to buy them everwhere i looked in cabramatta nsw but cant find anywhere near me :-(

    1. There is a new Vietnamese Bakery in Australia Fair (near Woolworths). I am a fan of banh mi thit (I chose the combination roll)and reckon this is one of the best I've eaten recently. I have gone back at least 3 times already. However, buy it when there are less people as the speed of service can be improved.

  9. sorry i have no clue :(. maybe try making it at home? :(

  10. I live nearby Valley, but never seen any Bahn Mi. What is the shop name?
    I know there is one at Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove. That bakery sells usual oz bakery and Bahn Mi. You can choose either the normal pork or the grilled pork ball (that has a bit of a sweetness taste).

  11. Also found at Kim Tanh Bakery Vulture St West End.

    A bit steep at 4.50 now but cheaper than an adventure out to Darra.