VIETNAM: Bánh mì
What is it? The French introduced the Vietnamese to the fundamental sandwich components of baguette and mayonnaise, which resulted in the bánh mì, a native Vietnamese fusion sandwich typically made with pork belly, pickled vegetables, cucumber, and cilantro on a French baguette with mayo.
Where to get it: JoJu
New York is home to many a bánh mì sandwich, but to get the very best, you’ll have to trek out to this tiny shop in Elmhurst. It doesn’t make any radical changes to the bánh mì equation, it simply does all the little things right, creating an incredibly harmonious sandwich. Purists might balk at the choice of chipotle mayo and a runny fried egg served atop the already saturated baguette, but for most, the swirl of savory meat, bitter pickled vegetables, and spicy jalapeños more than makes up for the breaking of tradition.