Mad about bánh mì #2: Bánh Mì Daily

8 March 2015 by Hazel

Shortly after Nickie opened District Tonkin Bánh Mì, the sandwich really hit the headlines when the Lêlê family — who can quite justifiably be credited with popularising Vietnamese food in Copenhagen — opened Bánh Mì Daily in Torvehallerne.

I met with Anh Lê (pictured)…

Anh Lê, Lêlê Bánh Mí Daily Launch, Torvehallerne, madaboutcopenhagen
Anh Lê, Lêlê Bánh Mí Daily Launch, Torvehallerne, madaboutcopenhagen

Why specifically the focus on the bánh mì for the Torvehallerne stand? Why not simply open another Lêlê Street Kitchen, for example?

We’ve been doing the Lêlê Street Kitchen for 12 years now and we’ve been busy presenting all the different Vietamese street food during that time. Torvehallerne is so much made for a bánh mì shop because of the street and market atmosphere, the noises and the speed, you just grab one and go!

Also, bread! In Denmark there is some sort of aversion to bread, especially white bread, because people think of it as unhealthy. So part of Báhn Mì Daily is about getting Danes back into bread.

One of the Lêlê partners is my ex-husband, a Frenchman and a baker, so we’ve always had bánh mì with the best French baguettes. When the French came to Vietnam, it was only the rich who could really afford these as wheat was expensive. So, over time, the Vietnamese people got creative and mixed it with rice flour so it was affordable.

Why do you think the bánh mì sandwich has become so known and popular in Copenhagen recently?

In Vietnam we love bánh mì, it’s a taste you don’t forget and it’s known everywhere in the world. The funny thing is, it that it took its’ time to reach Scandinavia. But we think Copenhagen is ready for this fantastic bite now!

The Lêlê family are a Saigon family, which lies much further South in Vietnam than Tonkin, so I’m curious to see how the flavours differ from District Tonkin’s bánh mì (but I might have to eat a few more before I can offer a verdict on that!)

Beef Lemongrass, Lêlê Bánh Mí Daily, Torvehallerne, madaboutcopenhagen
Beef Lemongrass, Lêlê Bánh Mí Daily, Torvehallerne, madaboutcopenhagen

Bánh Mì Daily is open from 10:00 every day except Sunday (11:00) and closes with Torvehallerne hours. More info here.