Like most cuisine in Vietnam, the best pork meatball sandwich (bánh mì giết thịt nướng) you’ll find in Ho chi Minh city comes from an unassuming roadside food cart. Banh mày 37 Nguyen Trai (Vietnamese: Bánh Mì 37 Nguyễn Trãi) is stationed at the entrance of an alleyway off of Nguyen Trai Street in District 1.

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You’ll start smelling the grilled pork as you approach this tiny two-person cooking operation. & while you’re standing in line, stomach rumbling, you can watch the owner flipping & rearranging the little pork patties on her small charcoal grill.

This hugely popular banh mi stand is only mở cửa for 4 hours a day (from 4:00pm – 8:00pm) and you can expect a line of at least a few hungry customers. But the wait is well worth it for one of the best banh mày sandwiches in all of Saigon!


Banh mày 37 Nguyen Trai is just a small food cart on the side of Nguyen Trai street, so don’t expect much in terms of ambiance. It is easy lớn spot, however, thanks to its distinctive pink màu sắc and the long queue of Vietnamese customers that line up in the afternoons & evenings.

Most customers get their banh mi khổng lồ go. In fact, some don’t even bother khổng lồ get off of their motorbikes & treat the cart as a drive-through. There is really nowhere to lớn sit at Banh ngươi 37 Nguyen Trai so plan on eating your banh mi elsewhere.


There is only one vật phẩm on the thực đơn at Banh ngươi 37 Nguyen Trai, the pork meatball banh ngươi sandwich.

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In addition lớn the small succulent pork patties, you can expect a couple of slices of fresh cucumber, pickled carrots & daikon, và cilantro all topped with chili sauce và piled onto a light, flaky french baguette.

The grilled pork is cooked khổng lồ perfection and when paired with chili sauce and vegetables it is irresistible!

Tip: Don’t want cilantro? Learn how to lớn say “No Cilantro” in Vietnamese.

The Pricetag

A pork meatball banh ngươi from Banh mày 37 Nguyen Trai will cost you 20,000 VND (~$1 USD). I would recommend getting at least 2 because they are so delicious.


In my humble opinion, if you get one banh mi while you’re in Saigon, this should be it. Sure you’ll have khổng lồ wait in line but trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Banh ngươi 37 Nguyen Trai is definitely a top eat in Ho đưa ra Minh City.

Location: 37 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

More Info: TripAdvisor

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