Saturday, October 22, 2011
Banh Mi - Vietnamese Sandwich
On a recent trip to Portland I discovered that I could buy fresh baked banh mi loaves at Fubon Market along with pre shredded carrots and daikon.
All I needed now was the meat filling and it had to be as fresh as the rest of the ingredients as well as flavorful. I stumbled upon a small hole in the wall Chinese bbq restaurant named “Best Taste” and picked up some char siu and roast pork for the meat part of my sandwich, hoping to give my sandwich that sweet and savory five spice flavor. To my surprise, it was as its name states, the “best tasting” roast duck, pork and char siu that I have found in Portland.
The base of the bun needs a good smear of mayo and a generous dose of sriracha (depending on how spicy you like it). A layer of cilantro is a must for most, but my husband doesn’t care for it. Then a layer of thinly sliced meats, chicken or pork, its up to you.
Vinegar Seasoning for Carrots and Daikon
½ cup water
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup white vinegar
½ tsp. kosher salt
2 cups shredded carrots and daikon
Mix ingredients together until sugar has completely dissolved. Pour over your vegetables and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Drain before placing on sandwich.
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