Bánh Mi: Vietnamese Sandwich
Among the most favored sandwiches in America are the Po’Boy of Louisiana, Cheesesteak of Philadelphia and Lobster Roll of New England. But a sandwich revolution is happening in these United States, and a “newbie” is coming out strong among those who have tried this sandwich: Bánh Mi. It is a Vietnamese-style sandwich on a French roll or baguette, filled with ground pork, pork roll, turkey and unique accompaniments like cilantro sprigs, cucumber, and pickled carrots and daikon. I am lucky to live in a city with a large Vietnamese community, so finding Bánh Mi is never a problem. But if you have access to the right ingredients, it’s really easy to prepare this delicious sandwich at home, like I did today!
1 lb ground pork
8 thin slices of Vietnamese-style pork roll
8 thin slices of smoked turkey
1 small fresh cucumber, cut into thin slices, lengthwise
1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp roast pork seasoning mix
A pinch of garlic powder
A pinch of black pepper
4 tsps soy sauce
1 tbsp Olive oil
Desired amount of mayonnaise to sliver over bread
4-6 rolls, French bread or baguette
Heat the oil in medium wok or skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender. Add the ground pork, seasoning, garlic powder and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside . Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the rolls lengthwise but keep them intact, and slather the insides with mayonnaise. Arrange the rolls on a baking sheet and bake until hot and crisp. Remove from the oven and immediately fill rolls with desired amount of the ground pork. In each sandwich, arrange 2 slices each of the pork roll and turkey, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon cilantro, 1 slice cucumber and desired amount of the pickled carrots and daikon.