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  •  Did the phrase "bánh mì" originate from French? (0+ / 0-)

    In French, the term mie refers to the soft inner part of any loaf.   Pain de mie refers to what a North American would call "bread", meant to be eaten in slices.  (Although most descriptions of pain de mie mention sugar as a defining ingredient.)

    Despite this, bánh mì seems to be based on the crusty baguette, surely introduced to Vietnam by the French.

    I have also wondered whether the toasting ovens in bánh mì shops may have been the origin of their ubiquity in regular sub shop chains, like Subway, which in the past usually did not sell pizza.

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