Mad about bánh mì #3: Bánh Mì Elmegade

9 March 2015 by Hazel

Foodie street Elmegade in Nørrebro is host to its very own báhn mì shop, opened in May 2014, by Thi Ha Nguyen.

Xa Xiu pork and honey, Bánh Mì Elmegade, madaboutcopenhagen
Xa Xiu pork and honey, Bánh Mì Elmegade, madaboutcopenhagen

Where do you draw your inspiration for the bánh mì on your menu?

Some recipes are from my godmother, whose family have run a bánh mì shop in Saigon for generations. Of course I also have recipes from my mother who is from Hai Phong in the North, and we are always experimenting with ideas and flavours.

Actually we started out with a Vietnamese sausage bánh mì on the menu. It’s a little like a meatball, but is much firmer and chewier than the Danish frikadeller, more like mortadella. We season it with cinnamon, then fry it. But we took it off the menu, it didn’t sell so well back then, when Danes weren’t so familiar with the flavours, but maybe we’ll put it back on again someday, now people know us and might be more adventurous with their bánh mì choices!

What do you think about the popularity of the bánh mì and Vietnamese food in Copenhagen?

Vietnamese food has been big in Copenhagen for a while now, and food comes in waves I guess. Like the first was Chinese food, but the reputation of that has gone pretty downhill, because so many buffet places opened and sort of killed it and gave it a bad name.

Is it possible that Vietnamese food could go the same way, and become too popular?

I mean it’s possible, if people are only thinking of the profit and not the quality, then of course it could happen, but I hope not. Of the Vietnamese people I know, if they open a place they would never serve anything they wouldn’t eat themselves, and they’re pretty picky about what they put in their mouths!

Thi making a sandwich, Bánh Mí Elmegade, madaboutcopenhagen
Thi making a sandwich, Bánh Mí Elmegade, madaboutcopenhagen

Bánh Mì (Elmegade) is open Monday – Friday 11:00 – 20:00, Saturday 11:00 – 16:00, and Sunday 12:00 – 16:00. More info here.