Though there are many places that offer this dish, Vi Nguyen, born and raised in Da Lat, refers to a small food stand on Hoang Dieu Street.
"Banh mi xiu mai here is served within seconds by a lovely local lady, the sauce is very greasy and savory. She also sells Vietnamese bread (banh mi) that many locals come by to pick up before work every day. The food stall only opens until noon."
You can find the small food stand, Banh mi 79, on the sidewalk every morning from 6.30am. A banh mi xiu mai costs VND15,000 (US$0.7).
The meatball soup eaten along with breads is so delicious and popular that you can easily find a small stall near school gate or entrance to the market.
Though you may see Banh Mi xiu mai in some places around Vietnam, bread with meatballs soup in Da Lat has its own heavenly taste. Xiu Mai is made with a mixture of pork, shrimp and chopped-up jicama. After processing meatballs, the meat balls are seared on a hot pan, then braised in a flavorful tomato sauce. That is the reason why you can feel greasy yet fresh taste meatballs soup without being closed.
You can eat these meatballs in a baguette (Banh Mi Xiu Mai) with cilantro, cucumber and pickled vegetables. It’s a tasty and hearty breakfast for a long day ahead
+ At 26 Pham Nhat Duat st, Da Lat, Lam Dong.
+ Hoang Dieu st, Da Lat, Lam Dong. A portion here costs 15,000 vnd.