For my first real food post on this blog I want to start with 3 friends (Frederik, Jonas and Robin) from Cologne who are exactly what this blog is all about. I met the Bánh mì Brothers at the Cologne Street Food Festival at Jack in the Box in Ehrenfeld where they were cooking up their amazing Bánh mì baguettes. I’d tried Bánh mì a few years ago when we went on holiday to North and Central Vietnam in an attempt to be adventurous as I was panicking my way towards my 40th birthday. If you haven’t heard of it before, the Bánh mì sandwich is a product of French colonialism in Indochina that combines French ingredients like baguettes, pâté, jalapeño (Ok perhaps not so French) and mayonnaise with native Vietnamese ingredients, such as coriander, cucumber, lemongrass and pickled carrots.
The story about how the guys came to set up their food business is an interesting one. Jonas was staying in New York and despite having come across lots of diverse food while growing up in Germany, Bánh Mi was something new and different that he totally fell in love with. When he came back to Germany, Jonas and Frederik began cooking Bánh Mi for friends and family. Whenever they did, people loved it and kept telling them to make a business out of their love for this interesting Vietnamese dish. So that’s what they did and that’s how I came to spend a great Sunday afternoon learning about their story and tasting their great food. In the photo are Frederik (on the left) and Robin (on the right) on the stall at the Street Food Festival.
The Bánh mì brothers always have a stand at the Cologne Street Food Festivals at Jack in the Box in Ehrenfeld and they also do catering and events. Look them up on their Website: http://www.banhmibrothers.de/. Give them your support and help them share their passion for food with as many people as possible.