The A-Z of great banh mi

Rhiannon James

Where do you go for the best banh mi in Victoria? We asked the question - now take a tasty tour of the recommendations!

A bread roll is filled with herbs and shredded vegetables.
Published
14 Dec 2021
Last updated
22 Dec 2021
Reading time
5 min
Author
Rhiannon James

The perfect banh mi is a magical thing.

A mouthwatering mix of fresh crusty bread, filled with perfectly prepared meat and crisp, flavoursome marinated veg, all brought together with a generous spread of pate. Om nom nom.

But where do you find the very best banh mi?

We asked the question on social media, and the Victorian public answered!

So cancel your lunch plans and slip into something with a stretchy waistband. We’re taking you on a tour of the top recommendations for the best banh mi in Victoria - and you’re going to want to try them all!

A-C

  • Blackburn North Shopping Centre is home to Hong Hot Bread  - a top recommendation and perfectly placed to deliver a delicious mid-shop pick me up.
  • Castlemaine’s SuperHero Banh Mi – just try and resist their sticky soy glazed tofu and peanut option.
  • Clyde’s Suntop Bakery, located in the Selandra Rise Shopping Centre, comes top for some Vic voters.
  • Collingwood’s N Lee Bakery is a winner as far as many people on our social pages are concerned. We can’t think of a better snack to enjoy while you wander down Smith Street.   
  • Croydon South is home to Eastfield Patisserie, located in The Mall, which earned some serious sandwich-based love from our Facebook voters.
A bread roll is filled with herbs and shredded vegetables.
Image: superherobanhmi.com

D-F

  • Diamond Creek’s Hot Pies and Pork Roll Bakery  also enjoyed a lot of attention in our ‘best Vietnamese roll’ poll.
  • Ferntree Gully’s Hochi Mini  is a favourite spot for Vietnamese street eats, and the food gallery on their website is a thing of beauty.
  • Footscray’s Nhu Lan earned many honourable mentions for its tasty take on the sandwich.
A close up of someone filling a roll with herbs, meat and fresh chillies.
Image: hochimini.com.au

G-H

  • Geelong North’s Great Ocean Rolls  came recommended with a confident “Thank me later!” from one Facebook user.
  • Hawthorn’s Mr & Mrs Banh Mi should go straight on the must-try list according to our voters.
  • Hoppers Crossing - The Baker’s Son is the perfect place for a Vietnamese roll and a classic Aussie lamington. What a combo!
A bread roll filled with chicken and veg is on a white plate on a colourful yellow tablecloth. Underneath the roll there is a napkin with 'The Baker's Son' printed on it.
Image: thebakersson.com.au

I-M

  • Mitcham’s finest is Wendy’s Bakery  according to voters. Sandwiches are a speciality here, and the Vietnamese banh mi does not disappoint!
  • Moonee Ponds’ Ba Sar got a shout-out from fans of its authentic house-made recipes.
  • Mount Waverley-based bakery Katrina’s Cakes comes highly recommended: “I’ve tried banh mi everywhere – most from this list – and Katrina’s is the best. Perfect balance of crunchy pork, fresh rolls, pate and pickled veg. Delicious!”   
A meat, herb, and vegetable roll is cut in half and displayed in a wire basket.
Image: basar.com.au

N-P

  • Narre Warren’s Valley Fair Continental Bakery serves the “best pork belly banh mi I’ve had” said a Facebook voter.
  • Portland’s Henry & Vu at French Bread Kitchen is “genuinely Vietnamese! Awesomely delicious!” said one voter.  
  • Preston’s Mai Lan Bakery is a winning combination. As one Facebook user put it, “it has won awards, still cheap too!”
A bread roll is being held up to the camera. It is very well filled with meat and vegetables.
Image: zomato.com/melbourne/bun-bun-bakery-springvale

Q-Z

  • Sale’s Viet Kitchen is “freaking delicious!!” one voter said. Can't say fairer than that!
  • Springvale’s Minh Duc Bakery is renowned for great-tasting pate in its rolls!
  • Springvale has a lot to offer on the banh mi front! Bun Bun Bakery had voters putting their hands up to say this is the “hands down” top choice.
  • Sunshine’s Selina Hot Bread  is loved for being fresh and inexpensive, making it a firm fave.
  • West Brunswick-based sandwich shop Mr Truong’s was hailed as one of the best places for banh mi, and their crispy pork version got a special mention.

While we couldn’t include all your recommendations here, we hope you enjoyed this taste of the many places serving up one of Victoria’s favourite foods!

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