Easy Vietnamese Pâté Sandwich (Bánh Mì Pa-tê) Recipe

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Vietnamese pâté sandwich, or Banh Mi Pate (Bánh Mì Pa-tê), is a famous Vietnamese dish consisting of a crusty baguette split lengthwise and spread with savory pâté, mayonnaise, and pickles. Some versions include cold cuts. Banh Mi Pate is a well-known street food and breakfast item in Vietnam.

Imagine biting into a crusty baguette, the first layer revealing a spread of velvety and rich pâté. The flavors dance on your tongue as the creamy pâté melds with the crisp and tangy pickled vegetables. That’s what Banh Mi Pate will give you.

I will tell you briefly about the history of Banh Mi Pate and pâté in Vietnam, the required tools and ingredients for preparing the sandwich, what you should do to make it, plus tips and suggestions for similar dishes. Read on for more useful information!

What Is Banh Mi Pate in Vietnam?

Banh Mi Pate is a type of Vietnamese sandwich (Banh Mi) made with crusty Vietnamese-style baguettes and pork liver pâté. Other ingredients include Vietnamese pickles, fresh vegetables, and mayonnaise. Sometimes, people add cold cuts like grilled pork or Vietnamese prawns.

The French brought pâté and baguettes, the main ingredients of Banh Mi Pate, to Vietnam in the mid-19th century when the country became a French domain. Eventually, locals adopted how to make a convenient meal with them.

Today, Banh Mi Pate is among the most popular versions of Banh Mi in Vietnam and is a famous street food, breakfast item, and midnight snack for many people. My Banh Mi Pate recipe is a simple one using only Vietnamese pâté for protein.

What is Special About Vietnamese Pâté?

Vietnamese pâté is different from the original version in France regarding ingredients. Pâté’s main ingredients are chunks of meat or offal slowly cooked with spices and condiments into a spreadable texture. But the Vietnamese version of pâté usually has pork livers as the main ingredient.

Some Vietnamese people prefer chicken liver pâté, which has a milder flavor. Both versions are savory, smooth, and easy to smear onto the inside of crisp baguettes. One more thing: Pâté is written as pate or pa-tê in Vietnamese.

On a related note, Pâté Chaud has nothing to do with pâté. It is a French-inspired Vietnamese savory puff pastry filled with ground meat, a dish similar to the French specialty Pâté en Croûte.
Banh Mi Pate is easier to make at home than Pâté Chaud because there aren’t any fancy cooking tools involved.

What Are the Tools for Preparing Banh Mi Pate at Home?

You only need basic tools to assemble Banh Mi Pate, like a knife, a pair of chopsticks, and a small spoon.

  • Knife: For slicing open a baguette and spreading condiments onto it.
  • Spoon: For distributing garlic sauce over the sides of the baguette.
  • A pair of chopsticks: For picking up various ingredients and putting them inside the baguette, such as vegetables and pickles.
Tools for Preparing Banh Mi Pate

What Ingredients Must I Have to Make Banh Mi Pate?

Since most of the ingredients for Banh Mi Pate are pre-cooked, you just need to put them together to create the sandwich, like pâté, Vietnamese-style mayonnaise, garlic sauce, pickles, and baguettes. Other necessary ingredients are vegetables and condiments.

  • Pork liver pâté: It is quite easy to make Vietnamese-style pork liver pâté at home, but the canned version is fine, too. Look for pork liver pâté in the canned aisle of the supermarket. Feel free to substitute the pork liver variety with chicken liver pâté.
  • Vietnamese-style mayonnaise: This local type of mayonnaise has a beautiful golden color like Hollandaise sauce. Along with pâté, mayonnaise is a common ingredient in many Banh Mi recipes. Homemade Vietnamese-style mayonnaise only takes 25 minutes or so to prepare.
  • Garlic sauce: This sauce is also important to the deliciousness of Banh Mi Pate. Garlic sauce adds the much-needed umami and savory notes to the sandwiches.
  • Vietnamese pickles: Banh Mi Pate can’t do without Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikons, which balance the rich and salty flavors of the other ingredients with their sweetness and tanginess.
  • Vietnamese baguettes: Vietnamese baguettes are well-known for having a thin and crispy exterior and an extremely light and air interior.

A standard baguette is about 8 inches in length and 3 – 3.5 inches in width, but feel free to choose bigger or smaller ones according to your taste.

  • Chili sauce and mayonnaise: To improve the flavor profile of Banh Mi Pate.
  • Fresh vegetables: I use cucumbers, chili peppers, and scallions (both the green and white parts) in Banh Mi Pate.

They are the traditional garnish for Vietnamese Banh Mi. Though other types of vegetables, like lettuce and tomatoes, are possible add-ins, very few Vietnamese people do so. But feel free to make Banh Mi Pate at home the way you like!

Ingredients Make Banh Mi Pate

How Do I Make Banh Mi Pate at Home?

Making Banh Mi Pate can’t get any easier because you only have to prepare the vegetables and put the main ingredients in the baguette. That is because many sandwich components are already cooked and don’t require further processing.

Step 1: Prepare the Vegetables

Rinse the vegetables and let them drain.

Cut the cucumber into thin sticks. Cut the scallions into long strips. Cut the chili peppers into little rings.

Cut the Cucumber Into Thin Sticks

Step 2: Assemble the Banh Mi Pate

Use a sharp knife to slice open the baguette along its length. Don’t push the blade too deep, or you will pierce the other side and cut your baguette in half.

Open the Baguette Along its Length

Use the knife to spread a suitable amount of pate onto the sides of the baguette, followed by a layer of Vietnamese-style mayonnaise.

Spread A Suitable Amount of Pate

With a pair of chopsticks, put the cucumber ribbons and pickled vegetables into the baguette.

Add Cucumber
Add Pickled Vegetables Into The Baguette

Pour the garlic sauce over the filling, then add the scallions and chili peppers. Smear some chili sauce and mayonnaise over the filling.

Pour the Garlic Sauce Over the Filling
Add the Scallions and Chili Peppers

Preparing Banh Mi Pate at home is effortless, but the process will get even smoother with a few simple tips.

Enjoy Banh Mi Pate

What Are Helpful Tips to Improve Banh Mi Pate?

To make your Banh Mi Pate taste better, try the following tricks: reheating the baguettes beforehand, enjoying your sandwich immediately, pairing it with Vietnamese coffee, and adjusting the spice level through the amount of chili peppers.

I will also introduce a few Vietnamese dishes in the Banh Mi category that you should try.

  • Reheat the baguettes: Crisp up your baguettes in a toaster oven, microwave, or air-fryer before using them to make delicious Banh Mi Pate. Don’t forget to moisten their crusts slightly first before reheating them.
  • Serve immediately: A complete Vietnamese pâté sandwich doesn’t have a long shelf life since the sauce and mayonnaise eventually make the crusty baguette go mushy. Therefore, you should consume the sandwich as soon as possible.
  • Enjoy with Vietnamese coffee: While Banh Mi Pate is a full meal on its own and doesn’t need side dishes, the sandwich tastes better when accompanied by Vietnamese coffee. A few examples are Ca Phe Sua Da (iced coffee), Ca Phe Trung (egg coffee), or Ca Phe Cot Dua (coconut coffee).
  • Adjust the spice level: Add more chili peppers to the sandwich if you love spicy food and vice versa. It is a trick you can use with many similar Vietnamese dishes.

What Are Other Suggestions for Similar Vietnamese Dishes?

Let me introduce 6 Vietnamese dishes that resemble Banh Mi Pate. Many of them are upgraded versions of the recipe, incorporating additional ingredients.

  • Banh Mi Ga (Vietnamese chicken sandwich): Banh Mi Ga uses grilled chicken as the main filling ingredient. This Vietnamese sandwich lacks pâté and doesn’t contain as much mayonnaise as other Banh Mi recipes. Pick Banh Mi Ga if you want to cut down on fat and sodium.
  • Banh Mi Thit Nuong (Vietnamese grilled pork sandwich): Banh Mi Thit Nuong is Banh Mi Pate, but with the addition of grilled pork. It is a perfect breakfast dish to use up leftover pulled pork or roast meat.
  • Banh Mi Ca Moi (Vietnamese sardine sandwich): Add canned sardines to Banh Mi Pate, and you’ve got this convenient Vietnamese sandwich. In case you’ve prepared too much Ca Nuc Kho Ca Chua (Vietnamese braised fish with spicy tomato sauce), save it for Banh Mi Ca Moi.
  • Banh Mi Cha Bong (Vietnamese pork floss sandwich): Pork floss is an easy-to-find Asian ingredient to add to Banh Mi Pate. Alternatively, replace pork floss with shredded ham or bacon.
  • Banh Mi Cha (Vietnamese pork sausage sandwich): Banh Mi Cha is the most common variation of Banh Mi Pate. With a few slices of pork sausage and cinnamon pork pâté, your sandwich will become more heartier and more nutritious.
  • Banh Mi Xiu Mai (Vietnamese meatball sandwich): The above Banh Mi recipes don’t take much time to prepare, but Banh Mi Xiu Mai is different. You have to spend an hour or more cooking the savory broth and meatballs. In return, its flavor is easily out of this world.

Banh Mi Pate: An Easy and Must-try Dish for Banh Mi Lovers

Banh Mi Pate is a wonderful fusion of Vietnamese and French cuisines. Whenever you crave a quick bite for the early morning meal, this simple Vietnamese sandwich with pâté is always ready to please you with its excellent convenience, fantastic contrast of textures, and flavorful taste.

Do you have good experience with preparing Banh Mi Pate? Do you have great tips to share or questions that need answers? I’m here to help! Let me know what you think in the comment section, and I will get back to you soon! And don’t forget to share my Banh Mi Pate recipe with your friends!

Banh Mi Pa Te

Vietnamese Pâté Sandwich (Banh Mi Pate)

Vietnamese pâté sandwich is an easy and convenient sandwich for breakfast or a quick snack. Preparing this sandwich at home is a breeze! Let me show you how.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: Banh Mi Pate, Vietnamese Pâté Sandwich
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 833kcal


  • 1.76 ounces (50 grams) pate pork liver pâté
  • 1.06 ounces (30 grams) Vietnamese-style mayonnaise
  • 75 ml garlic sauce
  • 3.53 ounces (100 grams) Vietnamese pickles
  • 2 Vietnamese baguettes (about 6 ounces)
  • Chili sauce and mayonnaise to taste
  • Optional vegetables: scallions, cucumbers, chili peppers, etc.


  • Rinse the vegetables and let them drain.
  • Cut the cucumber into thin sticks. Cut the scallions into long strips. Cut the chili peppers into little rings.
    Cut the Cucumber Into Thin Sticks
  • Use a sharp knife to slice open the baguette lengthwise.
    Open the Baguette Along its Length
  • Use the knife to spread a suitable amount of pâté onto the sides of the baguette. Repeat the process with Vietnamese-style mayonnaise.
    Spread A Suitable Amount of Pate
  • Use a pair or chopsticks to put the cucumber ribbons and pickled vegetables into the baguette.
    Add Pickled Vegetables Into The Baguette
  • Pour the garlic sauce over the filling, then add the scallion strips.
    Pour the Garlic Sauce Over the Filling
  • Smear some chili sauce and mayonnaise over the filling. Garnish with chili pepper rings.
    Banh Mi Pa Te



  • The estimated time and instructions are for preparing 2 servings.
  • Reheat the baguettes prior to making Banh Mi Pate.
  • Serve Banh Mi Pate immediately.
  • Enjoy Banh Mi Pate with Vietnamese coffee.
  • Adjust the spice level by adding more or less chili peppers.


Calories: 833kcal | Carbohydrates: 131g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 3909mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 5502IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 293mg | Iron: 15mg


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