Vietnamese Food – The BEST Breakfast I Ate in Saigon (Bánh Mì Hòa Mã)



One of the best times to eat Vietnamese street food is for breakfast. Read the full article here:

Because I love food so much, one of my favorite things to do when I travel is wake up early and go to the morning markets and proceed to explore the local cuisine for breakfast. In many countries I’ve been to, breakfast is one of the best meals because the food is fresh, and people are on their way to school and work and need something quick and delicious to grab, or sit down, and eat. In Vietnam, though you’ll find street food and restaurants open around the clock, I still think the the best food and some of the best selection of food was available in the morning.

One of the recommendations I got from many of you was to try a breakfast restaurant called Bánh Mì Hòa Mã, extremely famous throughout Saigon for serving bánh mì ốp la, or the Vietnamese personal baguettes served with a personal pan of fried sunny side up eggs. The combination, though simple and pretty easy to make, can be exceptionally delicious. So one day when I was in Saigon, I walked over to Bánh Mì Hòa Mã. The restaurant is actually housed in an indoor facility, and all the cooking is done indoors, but all the seating is along the side of the alley street, where they set up small plastic tables and chairs.

I arrived at the Vietnamese breakfast street food stall right as they were opening, just after 7 am, and luckily I got a good table, and Ying and I were one of the first people to eat there for the morning – but soon after we sat down, many other hungry breakfast eater came to sit down. I ordered just the standard plate of bánh mì ốp la, which didn’t take long to come out of the kitchen, sizzling hot. The eggs were scorched on the edges on the bottom of the little personal pan, and the tops of the eggs were still runny, rich and creamy. Along with my pan of op la, fried sunny side up eggs, I got a personal baguette, called banh mi, a side dish of pickled cucumbers and carrots, and an extra side dish of pate, just for fun.

The eggs were also topped with a few scoops of caramelized, extremely fragrant onions and chilies, and along with a selection of Vietnamese sausage, which I think was pre-fried in a different pan and then added to the top of the eggs, artfully thrown on. The bits of meat and the onions provided some extremely flavor to the eggs and the crusty banh mi, and I think that’s the flavor that really elevated this banh mi op la to extreme delicious, best breakfast I ate in Vietnam status.

For some bites I would scoop on a bit of pate to my pieces of super crusty baguette, then sop up the beautiful egg yolk, and bits of meat. It was truly a breakfast to remember, one of the finest breakfasts I’ve eaten anywhere in the world. On the table, there was also some Chinese tea, which went well with the rich breakfast. They also had coffee, but since I had just had a cup before coming to eat, I didn’t have one.

Bánh Mì Hòa Mã
Address: 53 Cao Thắng, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (on Hem 51 Cao Thang)
Our total bill came to 91,000 VND for both of us, which was about $4.20 US
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  • You should eat this by adding-on soy sauce & chili sauce as the way most Vietnamese ppl enjoy it to experiment more differently. I can take you wherever you want to eat in Saigon when you can come back here and show you more if you want ^^

    Loan Tran May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Can I just say how I appreciate most food reviewers cleaning up the entire dish instead of wasting? That's heartwarming for an asian, lol.

    Ryan Than May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • You described the baguette as 'toasted' , but it's not!!

    Judie T Walpole May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • locals are like. that white guy having an orgasm over there.

    Jaime Meza May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • How is he so skinny with all he eats ? I just watch his videos and put on weight

    Shiree Miller May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Ah this looks so good! I'll be visiting soon so will try to pop in here one of the mornings, that bread dipped in egg is calling to me 😀

    Bertie Bowl May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Aww you are so cute

    Kyla May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • You need some sauce to go with that egg. Without any sauce (even soy sauce), it's really dry and hard to eat. Try next time

    Chi Võ Quỳnh May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Die eikel zit overal in de wereld

    Nalani Rideemahaliyadda May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Mark, when does ying get to eat? Before or after you start vlogging. I saw yings plate wipe clean. Another yummy 😋 video mark I’m craving that now…

    Carlos Tsung May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • High blood pressure in a plate 2:13

    Kenny Quach May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Haw much

    gidi harris May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • man your face look exactly me when I ate that breakfast in the morning 15 years ago

    League of Newss May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • I envy you at times. You can eat anything. Wish i could do that.

    Christina Holguin May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • My favorite country in the world. Glad you enjoyed it.

    City of Gentlemen May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • That dish comes along well with soy bean
    So when you dip your bread it almost tasts salty instead of adding bland pepper.

    Hùng Trần May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • that facial.expressions hahaha make me laugh..exaggerating

    Maffet Raboy May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Hi Mark – hope you don't mind, but I use this video in my English classes (I teach at a centre in Sai Gon). I want my class to get used to different accents and natural speaking, as well as new vocabulary. They love your enthusiasm, but feel you were overcharged at 91 000 VND (for 2). Many thanks 🙂

    Chadav May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • love your all videos. Brother .Awesome Video

    Awesome Life Traveler May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • It wanst mayo in vienamese it have a different name but if in english it would be some thing like buttery egg sauce

    Bobohobo 30 Years ago May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • i like this old wiens and that shirt, so refreshing

    Zell Dincht May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • I don’t know english, but i hope… you will com back vietnam, why? Because nord vietnam have many food is good too (for ễmple: “bún chả; chả cá lã vọng, bánh cuốn thanh trì, bún chả cá, phở, cà phê trứng….)

    Huy Tue Pham May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Very delisious!

    nguyen cong thanh su May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • How do you maintain your weight after eating all this food ?

    Treasure2Behold May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • I need this in my life.

    Acheng Oletkett May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • i am Vietnamese and i love mi op la ,too.It is the best thing to have for breakfast

    Châu Ann Đặng May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • is that tofu ??

    Tjjuntim May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Finally see your video in saigon. awsome! but it was 3 years ago. hope to see you again in vietnam.

    Penseth May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply
  • Ha noi viet nam moi nhiêu món ngon

    Thanh Pham May 1, 2020 4:52 pm Reply

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