The Vietnamese people are early risers, the city streets buzzing at first light with people getting their early coffee and breakfast. One of our favourite dishes in Ho Chi Minh City is banh mi op la, a breakfast Vietnamese-style sandwich found in humble roadside vendors throughout the city. One of the French’s gifts to Vietnam people is baguettes, an ubiquitous staple to the typical Vietnamese diet. Baguette in Vietnam is usually filled with all kind of savoury fillings, a dish called banh mi. Typically, the baguette sandwich is stuffed with cucumber, radish and carrot pickles, fresh coriander and a protein such as shredded pork, cha lua (Vietnamese ham), barbecued pork, meatballs or grilled chicken. Banh mi was popularised in Saigon (what is known today as Ho Chi Minh City) in the mid-1900s as a quick snack, sold on the street side by vendors. A popular breakfast option in the city is banh mi op la, a breakfast baguette with eggs and ham. Typically, one is served a freshly-baked baguette, a saucer of pickles and a personal piping hot pan full of goodies such as sunny side up eggs, sausages, cha lua (Vietnamese ham), fish cakes, caramelised onions and spring onions. We like our DIY constructed sandwich with a dollop of pâté and a generous squeeze of hot chilli sauce. Oh, and of course an accompanying glass of iced cold Vietnamese coffee to round off the perfect breakfast. DIRECTORY Bánh Mì Hòa Mã 53 Cao Thắng, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam