One of my favorite meals to make for lunch is the simple and delicious Bahn Mi Sandwich.
Banh mi is bascially just a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread, specifically a Baguette, which was introduced to Vietnam during the French Colonial period. Like Chicken Tikka Masala, Banhmi is a beautiful marriage between European and Asian cuisine.
Here is the simple recipe I use for making my Pork Bahn Mi Sandwiches. You will need about four Baguettes, ground pork, Chinese five spice, soy sauce, veggies, garlic, sugar, and Sriracha sauce.
For the meat:
- 1 lb ground Pork
- 1 teaspoon five spice powder
- 1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce (House Wife is a good brand)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- a pinch of black pepper
Mix ingredients and cook in a skillet until meat is browned and cooked through.
While the meat is cooking you can prepare your veggies. For my sandwiches I like to use to following:
- Thinly sliced carrots (you can use a veggie peeler to make long thin carrot ribbons)
- English cucumber cut into long thin matchsticks
- alfalfa sprouts
- Baby Spinach leaves
- Romaine lettuce
- Cilantro/Coriander leaves
Once the meat is cooked, slice your baguette rolls and spread some Hot Sriracha aioli on them. The aioli recipe is simple- just combine lime juice, mayo, and Sriracha sauce. Top the baguettes with some of the meat and put the sandwiches under the broiler so the meat gets caramelized and the bread begins to brown on the edges. Remove the sandwiches from the broiler and add a ton of the veggies to each one.
The sandwiches will be messy depending on how full you pack them but they are delicious!
If you end up falling in love with the Bahn Mi meat like I have, here is another Bahn mi inspired recipe:
Baked Bahn Mi Scotch Eggs
- 1 lb bahn mi seasoned pork (use the recipe for the meat given above- don’t cook it)
- 6 hard boiled eggs
- 1 cup panko
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/4 cup or less of flour for rolling the eggs in
Heat oven to 400 degrees F
- Combine the ingredients to make the Bhan mi pork in a bowl
- Roll each peeled egg into flour.
- Shape the Bahn Mi pork around each egg carefully. (This can be tricky!)
- Dip into the beaten egg
- Dip into the panko bread crumbs
- Dip into the beaten egg again
- Back into the panko for a final covering
- Lay the eggs on a backing sheet- best if the sheet has a wire rack so all sides get nice and crispy!
- Bake for 35 minutes