Hong Kong’s Best Banh Mi? 🥖 Look No Further Than Le Petit Saigon

Le Petite Saigon - Hong Kong's Best Banh Mi

Le Petit Saigon Review – The Best Banh Mi in Hong Kong

Being, let’s say, a Banh Mi addict (that’s putting it rather lightly), I was delighted to see Hong Kong Island absolutely teeming with a huge variety of Banh Mi options. This lead me on a quest to find Hong Kong’s best Banh Mi, and I’ve found it. Step forward Le Petit Saigon.

You are not short of options if you like Vietnamese food. Hardly a surprise given the relative close proximity of Vietnam to Hong Kong.

For those of you who don’t know, here’s a quick introduction to Banh Mi itself, thanks to our friends at Wikipedia.

Bánh mì or banh mi (/ˈbɑːn miː/, /ˈbæn/; Vietnamese: [ɓǎjŋ̟ mî]) is the Vietnamese word for bread. In Vietnamese cuisine, it also refers to a type of baguette which is often split lengthwise and filled with various savory ingredients as a sandwich and served as a meal.

Basically it’s a baguette with filling, but throw in those Vietnamese flavours and spices and it becomes a taste explosion in your mouth more often than not.

It must be said, Hong Kong has some great Banh Mi options. I’m also a real fan of the Banh Mi at Pho Saigon and Com Banh Mi (all three within close distance to each other on Hong Kong island), but Le Petit Saigon just has that wow factor.

Le Petite Saigon - Hong Kong's Best Banh Mi
Le Petite Saigon – Hong Kong’s Best Banh Mi

Going back to Banh Mi descriptions I also quite liked this one. It whets the appetite a little more than Wiki’s more formal effort. This one is from saveur.com.

Originating on the streets of Saigon, the Banh Mi sandwich is a French-Vietnamese hybrid consisting of an airy baguette, sour pickled daikon and carrot, crisp cilantro, spicy chilis, and a cool sliver of cucumber surrounding any number of protein options, from sweet minced pork to fatty pate to sardines.

You’ll see from the picture above the baguette is packed with filling, all so fresh and light. It all blends together into a taste sensation.

So why does this place win the battle of Hong Kong’s best Banh Mi?

Let’s explain and kick off our Le Petit Saigon Review…

Le Petite Saigon Review – Where is It?

Le Petite Saigon Review – Menu

Le Petite Saigon Review – The Food

Le Petite Saigon Review – Other Things to Know

Le Petite Saigon Review – Final Thoughts

Le Petite Saigon Review – FAQ’s

Le Petit Saigon - Hong Kong's Favourite Banh Mi. It's true
Le Petit Saigon – Hong Kong’s Favourite Banh Mi. It’s true (picture taken from Le Petit Saigon’s website because it’s just so good!

Le Petite Saigon Review – Where is It?

Le Petite Saigon is located in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong island, the same area as Eaton Residences (if you are looking for accommodation in Hong Kong).

Wan Chai is a popular area, very lively, full of bars and a huge variety of cuisine. We are talking ramen, roast dinners, racks of ribs… the lot!

Le Petit Saigon is based nearest Admiralty Metro station and can be found on Wing Fung Street, up a slight slope (welcome to Hong Kong) just beyond Elephant Grounds.

The walk isn’t too far from Wan Chai Metro station either.

Le Petite Saigon is located in a popular area of streets where there are plenty of really tasty foreign eateries.

TOP TIP – If you are around the area, check out Star Street, Sun Street and Moon Street – Bianca’s favourite area of Hong Kong.

ADDRESS – 16 Wing Fung St, Wan Chai

ADDRESS IN CANTONESE FOR A TAXI DRIVER – 永豐街16號

Le Petite Saigon Review – Menu

The menu and the offers are of course ever changing so do take this with a rough expectation rather than exacts depending on the date you are reading this.

Here, we took this screenshot from their equally beautiful website in April 2020.

Le Petit Saigon Review - The Menu
Best Banh Mi in Hong Kong

Note the price of 88HKD for a Banh Mi (about 9GBP, 10EUR, 11USD, 17AUD)…

As of April 2020 they have a great happy hour deal (5-8pm daily) in which you can enjoy a Banh Mi, Potato Gems (basically mini croquettes) and a Beer for 104HKD). Fantastic value for an English tenner.

Take note this deal does vary. A month before the offer was 58HKD for half a Banh Mi and a Beer. Still solid value considering the standard costs.

On that evidence, we advise you visit between these hours to get the best value for money.

Le Petite Saigon Review – The Food

You will be stuffed and you will leave satisfied, make no mistake.

The Banh Mi options are ever changing. here you can see we’ve got Pork, Chicken and Tofu.

Between Bianca and I, of course we’ve had all three, multiple times.

For me, nothing beats the pork. The variety of pork thrown into there is enough to make the mouth water just reading the menu. Throw in their delicious sauces, freshly cut herbs/vegetables and a puffy, yet crispy baguette and you’ve found a winner.

Le Petite Saigon - Hong Kong's Best Banh Mi
Le Petite Saigon – Hong Kong’s Best Banh Mi

They are deceivingly filling. On the face of it they aren’t huge in size, but what the baguettes lack in size, they make up for in filling.

As you can see, no quarters are given, they stuff it in there, and stuff it in there good!

The Potato Gems are a nice touch also. I’d never seen Potato sold as “gems” before, but perhaps that’s just me! They are small little croquettes which are served with one of their “sauces with a kick

It is worth noting the Banh Mi’s all have a little kick. Great for spice lovers.

That said, Bianca is absolutely NOT a spice lover, and bar one incident where I think she went hard on a Chilli and paid the price for the next 10 minutes… she says it’s absolutely fine. So don’t fret too much if spice is not your thing.

I am sure you can ask them to tone it down also, we’ve not done that before ourselves so it’s worth a try.

Le Petite Saigon Review – Other Things to Know

Couple of other things I wanted to also share:

Le Petite Saigon - Hong Kong
Le Petite Saigon – Hong Kong
  • Le Petit Saigon is small. It’s not a restaurant as such. Most people will grab their Banh Mi and take it away. If you do want to sit in, there are three seats all located by the window. There are also a couple of small seats outside which effectively spill onto the pavement. Again, very Hong Kong-esque given the lack of space.

If you want to sit down, you might prefer going to Le Petit Saigon’s big brother, Le Garçon Saigon, which is directly next door.

Le Garçon Saigon is a restaurant experience, but at the same time, you pay a hefty price for it, and they don’t sell Banh Mi (although we heard you can order Banh Mi from Le Petit Saigon and have served at Le Garçon Saigon which is quite a nice touch).

You could also carry on up the stairs, and take a right. The entrance to the huge Pacific Place faces you. Outside you will see lots of public seating. Also a nice space to relax and eat your Banh Mi if the weather is good enough for it.

  • If, like me, you cannot get enough of Banh Mi (and know you will be going back for more), ask for a loyalty card. Buy 10 Banh Mi’s get the 11th free.

Sure, it’s a lot if you order on your own 10 times, but if you go with a friend, partner, or even a group, you can get them all stamped off on your card.

Well worth doing because I am confident you’ll be returning after one visit, if time allows it for you.

Fancy trying something local in Hong Kong – check out our experience eating a local Hong Kong breakfast.

Le Petite Saigon Review – Final Thoughts

Le Petite Saigon - Hong Kong
Le Petite Saigon – Hong Kong

We hope you found this Le Petit Saigon Review useful.

It’s a fantastic food experience and a great insight into Vietnamese cuisine, something which Bianca and I have become dearly fond of in our time together.

As we said above, there are a huge number of Banh Mi options in Hong Kong.

Whilst we were based in Wan Chai for 3 months, we stumbled across way more than we ever imagined.

A pleasant surprise after coming from Beijing where we only ever found one in the whole city!

Check out their Instagram for more great mouth-watering Banh Mi shots.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B95jxkjofe6/

Le Petite Saigon – FAQ’s

Where is Le Petit Saigon?

Located in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong Island, nearest Admiralty Metro station.
ADDRESS – 16 Wing Fung St, Wan Chai
ADDRESS IN CANTONESE FOR A TAXI DRIVER – 永豐街16號

What does Le Petit Saigon sell?

Le Petit Saigon is all about Vietnam’s famous Banh Mi sandwich. They sell chicken, pork and also veggie options too.

Can I eat in at Le Petit Saigon?

Yes you can but seating it limited to just 2/3 chairs by the window so you may have to take your order away.

How much does a Banh Mi cost at Le Petit Saigon?

Banh Mi (at the time of writing, April 2020) costs 88HKD (about 9GBP, 10EUR, 11USD, 17AUD) at Le Petit Saigon. You can get better value between 5-8pm during the happy hour in which you can add on Potato Gems and a Saigon beer totalling 104HKD

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