If you’re wondering what to serve with your banh mi, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for banh mi.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with banh mi are fresh spring rolls, green mango and papaya salad, ramen broccoli slaw, and chicken pho. For healthier options, try beef and watercress salad, grilled corn, jicama fries, and veggie chips. You can also serve Bánh Khọt, Bánh bột lọc, and Vietnamese pizza.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls
Fresh spring rolls are one of the most popular dishes in Vietnamese cuisine.
The combination of boiled shrimp, vermicelli noodles, and fresh vegetables, all nestled in a chewy rice paper roll. Delightful!
Don’t forget the dip – you can go with a tangy fish sauce or sweet and creamy peanut sauce.
Serve these fresh Vietnamese spring rolls with your banh mi for a filling and authentic meal.
Green mango and papaya salad
Want more crisp veggies with your banh mi?
Put together this flavorful mango and papaya salad.
Aside from mango and papaya, this salad also features banana blossoms, carrots, and lotus stem, providing you with a satisfying crisp-tender texture.
It’s made flavorful with spicy marinated chicken and a tangy, salty dressing.
Throw a flavor party for your tastebuds with a serving of this green mango and papaya salad.
Ramen broccoli slaw
Make your banh mi more enjoyable with a serving of this slaw.
This slaw is so good that you’d forget it’s not a traditional dish.
The crunchy ramen noodles, almonds, and sweet-savory-tangy dressing take this simple slaw up a notch.
Give it a try with JUST is a Four Letter Word’s recipe.
Need a comforting dish to go with your banh mi?
Pho is the answer.
This classic Vietnamese soup usually takes hours to make – but JZ Eat’s simple chicken pho recipe is a shortcut version that’ll be ready in just 30 minutes.
Still, thanks to the myriad of spices, seasoning, and sauces added, you can expect a delicious broth with this recipe. No bland pho here.
Fries are the quintessential accompaniment to sandwiches.
But why not shake things up with these jicama fries?
They’re a healthy alternative to your regular potato fries, having fewer calories and more nutrients.
You need to boil jicama before you can bake them, but the extra step is totally worth it.
Here’s the full recipe: Golden Jicama Fries.
Want some chips to go with your banh mi?
Ditch the sodium-filled store-bought chips and make your own!
These vegetable chips are extra crunchy and oh-so-delicious.
They’re healthy too, mainly because they’re baked, plus you have complete control over the seasonings.
I like to make chips with vegetables like potatoes, carrots, zucchini, and turnips.
You can also use yellow squash, parsnips, beets, and celery root.
So many options!
The possibilities are endless with these baked vegetable chips.
Bánh khọt are savory mini pancakes you can enjoy any time of day.
This dish can be made soft or crispy – I like the crisp version, especially when paired with banh mi.
Check out Wok and Kin’s detailed bánh khọt recipe.
Pro Tip: you can use a donut hole pan or a takoyaki skillet to make these treats.
Bánh bột lọc
Still struggling with what dishes to add to your Vietnamese feast?
Why not try bánh bột lọc?
This dish features dumplings filled with a shrimp and pork mixture.
What sets this apart from your typical dumplings is that it uses tapioca flour to make the dough, resulting in a slightly chewier, stickier texture.
Give this bánh bột lọc recipe a try for dinner tonight!
Need something quick and delicious?
Give this Vietnamese pizza a try.
This dish uses a grilled sheet of rice paper as a base (instead of pizza dough) and is typically topped with pork floss or dried shrimp.
But this recipe switches it up with an equally delicious tuna-mayo topping.
Enjoy a slice of this extra crispy Vietnamese pizza with your banh mi and an ice-cold beer.
Grilled corn with scallion oil
Planning on grilling some meat for your banh mis?
Take advantage of the fired-up grill and make this Vietnamese-style grilled corn.
Simply brush your grilled corn with this three-ingredient scallion oil.
The sweetness of the corn, savory scallion oil, and charred aromas combine to provide such a complex depth of flavor.
Interested? Here’s the recipe: Grilled Corn With Scallion Oil.
Spring roll bowls
Make these spring roll bowls if you love spring rolls but hate the assembly!
They features everything you love about spring rolls – fresh vegetables, peanuts, and shrimp.
Everything is covered in a finger-licking-good sweet garlic and lime dressing.
You won’t be able to get enough of these spring roll bowls.
Fried rice cakes
Looking for other Vietnamese street food dishes?
Try these Vietnamese fried rice cakes.
Also known as banh bot chien, this dish features fried rice cakes tossed and cooked in an egg mixture.
Poke the Dough’s recipe will guide you to making this dish entirely from scratch, so if you don’t have access to rice cakes, you can make them.
Vietnamese beef and watercress salad
Add more protein to your banh mi by serving it alongside this beef and watercress salad.
Watercress is chock-full of vitamins and nutrients, making the perfect base for a healthy salad.
It also has a mild, peppery flavor that’s reminiscent of arugula.
With the marinated beef and tangy vinaigrette, you’re guaranteed a flavor-packed salad.
This Vietnamese beef and watercress salad is an excellent addition to your fresh salad repertoire.
The best side dishes for a banh mi
- Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls
- Green mango and papaya salad
- Ramen broccoli slaw
- Chicken pho
- Jicama fries
- Veggie chips
- Bánh Khọt
- Bánh bột lọc
- Vietnamese pizza
- Grilled corn with scallion oil
- Spring roll bowls
- Fried rice cakes
- Vietnamese beef and watercress salad
What To Serve With Banh Mi
- 1 portion banh mi
- Prepare your banh mi according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: fresh Vietnamese spring rolls, green mango and papaya salad, ramen broccoli slaw, chicken pho, jicama fries, veggie chips, bánh khọt, bánh bột lọc, Vietnamese pizza, grilled corn with scallion oil, spring roll bowls, fried rice cakes, and Vietnamese beef and watercress salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!