Banh Mi, Baby

Looking through some past blogs, Vietnamese food seems to pop up pretty often.  After being treated to some lovely Vietnamese at Greenwich Village’s Saigon Shack the other day, I had to post a recipe for one of my favorite dishes of all time: the Banh Mi sandwich.  Equal parts French and Vietnamese, this is a sandwich that promises to ignite your taste buds.  If you’ve never tried one before, it might sound a bit out there – but you never know until you try (and believe me, it’s worth it!).  You may even find yourself making your own unique version of banh mi at home.

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Banh Mi Recipe from Viet World Kitchen

For each sandwich:

1 petit baguette roll or a 7-inch section cut from a regular length baguette, purchased or homemade
Mayonnaise, real (whole egg) or homemade mayonnaise
Maggi Seasoning sauce or soy sauce
Your choice of boldly-flavored meat or tofu, sliced and at room temperature
3 or 4 thin seeded cucumber strips, pickling or English variety preferred
2 or 3 cilantro sprigs, roughly chopped
3 or 4 thin jalapeño pepper slices
Everyday Daikon and Carrot Pickle (do chua)

1. Slit the bread lengthwise, and then use your fingers or a bread knife to hollow out the insides, making a trough in both halves. Discard the insides or save it for another use, such as breadcrumbs. If necessary, crisp up the bread in a toaster oven preheated to 325ºF, and then let it cool for a minute before proceeding.

2. Generously spreading the inside with mayonnaise. Drizzle in some Maggi Seasoning sauce or soy sauce. Start from the bottom portion of bread to layer in the remaining ingredients. (As with all sandwiches, you’ll eventually develop an order for layering the filling so as to maximize the interaction between flavors and textures.) Close the sandwich, cut it in half crosswise for easy eating, and enjoy.

Related information:

Recipes:
Homemade Vietnamese baguette (banh mi)
Easy mayonnaise  (sot mayonnaise)
Daikon and Carrot Pickle (do chua)
Grilled lemongrass pork (thit heo nuong xa)
Meatball banh mi sandwich (banh mi xa xiu)
Quick Char Siu Pork
(on Asiandumplingtips.com, my other site)
Roasted Pork Belly sandwich (thit heo quay)
Check the recipe index for more filling ideas!

Posts on banh mi innovations
Banh mi incarnations from all over the world
Banh mi craze in New York City

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