I have a confession to make: I don’t understand why people love banh mis so much. Maybe it’s because they are one of the only options out there where people can eat Asian food and sandwiches at the same time. Thus, when I took a stroll over to My Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), I opted for something a little different instead.
Here, different meant Deep Fried Fish Sauce Chicken Wings. Now, I love me some fish sauce, but it is also some potent stuff and I was somewhat worried about the liberties that My Banh Mi would take with these. Fortunately, they took a good route and put together some fantastic wings. The were juicy, crispy and flavorful – with that savory umami flavor being brought out by the fish sauce, but in the best way. On top of that, the dipping sauce paired well with the wings.
My Banh Mi wasn’t exactly a foray into traditional Vietnamese foods and it clearly catered to foreigners, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t know how to fry up some good wings and I was perfectly happy with that.