Baguette ~ Ha Noi, Vietnam. Vietnam was a French Colony at the turn of the century and the influence of the french is still very much a part of their culinary culture. 'Bahn Mi' is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. The word is derived from bánh and mì (wheat). Bread, or more specifically the baguette, was introduced by the French during its colonial period. Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwiches are very popular all over the world.