vietnam banh mi eat bread 90

Bread from Across the World: Day 34

My family and I went to a Vietnamese restaurant today because I knew they would be happy with a hot bowl of Pho, while I could eat Bánh Mì. In Vietnamese, Bánh means bread, and mì means wheat. It was introduced by the French during their colonial period in Vietnam.

Bánh Mì - eat bread 90

Bánh mì sold on the streets of Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Chris Conway, Hilleary Osheroff.

Bánh mì is shorter than the French baguette, airier and has a very thin crispy crust. I ordered Bánh mì Bo Kho, a slow cooked beef stew served with two Bánh mì. I finished up the delicious stew, but I could only stomach one Bánh mì.

Therefore, I brought the other one home with me. I compared the Bánh mì and the Baguette from Puratos side to side. The former had a uniform lighter crumb, and a very thin and crispy crust. Meanwhile latter is heavier and moister with an irregular crumb and a thick crunchy crust.

I believe the main difference between these two bread is the quantity of protein and hydration, with the Bánh mì requiring a lower protein flour and lower hydration levels. I am thinking I should go visit a Bánh mì bakery one of these days. Anyway, I had a great time eating crusty white breads today.

Here’s what I ate on Day 34 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Bánh mì 200g 600
Puratos® O-tentic Baguette 285g 750
Bo Kho 2 C 400
Coconut water 2 C 100
Grilled Pork 2 oz 150
Coconut Cardamon Almond Cashew Butter 1 Tbsp 95
Brussel sprouts 38
Orange 1 orange 81
Lemon Curd 2 Tbsp 120
Siggi’s® Skyr Vanilla 1/2 C 60
Calcium Supp
Total 2394


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