The present Google Doodle praises the savory and fulfilling Vietnamese street-food sandwich known as Bánh mì or banh mi, a smorgasbord of flavors that represents a genuine melting pot of cultures and ingredients the same. On this day in 2011, bánh mì was conceded into the Oxford English Dictionary.
Banh Mi is the Vietnamese word for bread. In Vietnamese cooking, it likewise alludes to a type of baguette which is part longwise and loaded up with a wide range of ingredients. It is eaten as a staple food and served as a meal to individuals regularly. This Vietnamese street-food sandwich represents a mixture of cultures and ingredients the same. Throughout the years, the food has gotten its renditions and is savored across nations.
The baguette was acquainted with Vietnam in the mid–19th century when Vietnam was a part of the French Indochina and became a staple food by the mid 20th century. During the 1950s, a distinctly Vietnamese style of sandwich created in Saigon, becoming a well-known street food. Following the Vietnam War, Overseas Vietnamese promoted the bánh mì sandwich in nations, for example, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
A few records set bánh mì’s modest beginnings in the late 1950s street stalls of Saigon’s noisy alleys, yet an official origin story is yet to be confirmed. What is all around acknowledged about bánh mi’s history: its French inspiration, the staple baguette sandwich.
A customary bánh mì comprises of crispy and airy bread stuffed with a meat of choice, (for example, pork pâté, giò lụa, Vietnamese cold cuts, or meatballs), sweet, crunchy veggies and herbs (pickled radishes, carrots, and cilantro), a spread of mayonnaise or margarine, and savory soy sauce, at last, bested with chili sauce or peppers. Voilà! By supplanting European flavors with Vietnamese ingredients, a tangy and sweet while at the same time spicy and salty takeaway food was conceived.
In Vietnamese, the word bánh mì is gotten from bánh (which can allude to numerous sorts of food, basically baked products, including bread) and mì (wheat). It might likewise be spelled bánh mỳ in northern Vietnam. Taken alone, bánh mì signifies “bread”, yet also comprehended to be the Vietnamese baguette. Through synecdoche, it might likewise allude to the sandwich, with the term bánh mì kẹp or bánh mì thịt being utilized to disambiguate.
In current times, one can discover incalculable spin-offs of the sandwich in street stands, markets, and restaurants over the world, from New York, to Seoul, to Saigon. Koreans regularly appreciate bánh mì’s loaded down with their signature bulgogi (barbeque beef) and kimchi. In the U.S., numerous well-known recipes have traded the brioche with a brioche bun to make a miniaturized rendition: bánh mì sliders.
On March 24, 2020, Google Doodle was designed by Doodler Olivia Huynh.