banh mi

(; ) is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. The word is derived from and (wheat). Bread, or more specifically the baguette, was introduced by the French during its colonial period. The bread most commonly found in Vietnam is a single serving baguette, therefore the term is synonymous with this type of bread. The is usually more airy than its Western counterpart, with a thinner crust. It is sometimes metonymous with a food item known as a “Vietnamese sandwich” (or, in parts of the United States, as a “Vietnamese Po-boy” or “Vietnamese Hoagie”), for which the serves as the bread wrapper.