Since I was buying Vietnamese French bread for my Banh Mi Thit Heo Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sandwich), it was also the perfect opportunity to share one of my favorite Vietnamese breakfasts - banh mi hot ga op la (Vietnamese French bread with sunnyside-up eggs), frequently referred to as simply op la for short.
So simple really. Two eggs, sunny-side up, with a splash of Maggi Seasoning Sauce, or soy sauce if you don't have it, and a loaf of bread.
In Vietnam on the street, this breakfast might set you back a whopping 25 cents. Plated and in a restaurant, it might cost as much as 50 cents. *Gasp.* I know! How extravagant!
I never thought this common Vietnamese breakfast was all that unusual until college when I introduced a Japanese-Chinese American friend to the wonders of soy sauce on eggs. She became an instant fan.
Maggi seasoning sauce is really essential. It's similar to soy sauce, without the soy. Think of it as a liquid version of beef bouillon. So beloved is this sauce that Guilty Carnivore and Dylan of Eat, Drink, & Be Merry each devoted a whole post to Maggi. If you can't find it, substitute with soy sauce, although it just won't be quite the same.
Banh Mi Hot Ga Op La (Vietnamese French Bread with Sunny Side Up Eggs)
1 loaf of Vietnamese French bread
Maggi seasoning sauce
And in case you don't know how to cook sunny side up eggs...
Turn heat to medium-high. In a saucepan add a few drizzles of oil. Crack two eggs, making sure not to break the yolks. Cover with lid. After a few minutes, check and see if the yolks are slightly white, but not opaque. You want to keep the eggs still runny.
Slide onto a plate. Drizzle Maggi or soy sauce over the eggs.
Eat by dabbing the bread into the runny yolks, and scooping up the fried eggs with the bread.
My other Vietnamese sandwich recipes:
Banh Mi Thit Heo Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sandwich)
Banh Mi Thit Kho Trung (Vietnamese Braised Pork and Egg Sandwich)
Banh Mi Xa Xiu (Vietnamese Barbecued Pork Sandwich)
Banh Mi Xiu Mai (Vietnamese Meatball Sandwich)
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