Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich #SundaySupper

My two youngest sisters have been on the hunt for the perfect Báhn Mì for years.  A magnificent Asian sandwich with layers of meat, slaw, cucumbers and jalapenos, this Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich hit the mark!


Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich |The classic Vietnamese sandwich you can make at home!

Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich

It is probably no surprise to you all that we don’t have a favorite Vietnamese haunt. Pizza, yes, but anything more exotic than that, no. In fact, I’m more than a little shocked that I served this Asian sandwich to the picky hubby and he was an instant fan. Of course, his version was sans jalapenos, cucumber and daikon. I still call this a victory. The tantalizing aroma of the pork, as I pulled it off the grill, was my first clue I was on to something pretty remarkable.

Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich |The classic Vietnamese sandwich you can make at home!A Western Version

A Báhn Mì Sandwich is actually Asian Fusion food developed when the French colonized areas of Southeast Asia. The French elements of baguettes, mayo and pate were combined with local Vietnamese fare, such as carrots, daikon, cukes and cilantro. I decided not to hunt down any Vietnamese bread, typically made with rice flour and go with a supermarket baguette. I nixed the paté, too, avoiding an investment in a component that might be rejected by the more persnickety palates in the family. I breathed a sigh of relief when this diddy got thumbs up from the family.

Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich |The classic Vietnamese sandwich you can make at home!

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Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich #SundaySupper
 
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The classic Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich made with grilled pork
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Recipe type: Entree, Sandwich, Pork
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Serves: 3-6 sandwiches
Ingredients
Pickled Carrots and Diakon Radish
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup champagne vinegar (may substitute white vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups julienned peeled carrots and daikon radish
For grilled pork
  • 1 pound pork loin roast, frozen for an hour or two, then sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
For sandwiches:
  • 1-2 thin crusted baguettes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Soy sauce
  • English cucumber, sliced thinly the diagonal
  • 2 jalapenos, thinly sliced or candied jalapenos
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
Instructions
  1. Make pickled vegetables. In a small saucepan, mix together sugar, vinegar and salt. Heat till sugar and salt have dissolved, then remove from heat and add vegetables. Mix to combine and allow to stand till vegetables soften, at least 30 minutes. Drain before using.
  2. Mix together marinade ingredients in a large zip-loc bag. Add pork and seal. Mix so that pork is covered with marinade and put in fridge for at least an hour.
  3. When pork has marinated at least an hour, grill pork till browned on both sides.
  4. Slice the baguette, then generously spread mayonnaise on the bottom of the baguette. Sprinkle mayo with soy sauce.
  5. Layer with pork, drained pickled vegetables, cucumber slices, fresh or candied jalapeno slices, fresh cilantro. Smear mayo on top half of baguette. Cut baguette into thirds and serve.
Notes
Freezing the pork for at least an hour allows it to firm up and makes it easier to slice thinly.
You may wish to remove some of the interior bread to make room for the fillings.

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Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich |The classic Vietnamese sandwich you can make at home!

Comments

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sounds like a very tasty sandwich! In looking at the marinade it would give me a chance to finally try fish sauce too:@)

  2. a delicious sandwich–seems hard not to like, not surprised it was a hit!

  3. Now I want lunch at 7:30 in the morning!

  4. I love bahn mi sandwiches, there’s such a great mix of flavors and textures in there, but have never made one myself – must try your recipe!

  5. I have never tried one of these, but the ingredients sound delicious. I will have to give it a try!

  6. I love Banh Mi!! I’ve never made it at home though. You make it seem pretty easy to do so!

  7. Oh this sandwich looks delicious!!!

  8. We love sandwiches that make use of grilled meat. This looks like a winner!

  9. I love Báhn Mì but I’ve never made it myself. Thanks for the impetus, Liz. I can’t wait to smell that pork fresh off the grill.

  10. I love banh mi and that’s my go-to meal when I don’t feel like cooking. And this grilled pork banh mi makes a great idea for lunch or picnic. Can’t wait to make this at home and have a banh mi parteee.

  11. I’ve actually never had a bahn mi sandwich before, I should probably change that – looks great!

  12. This banh mi looks sensational, Liz! So glad Bill liked it too, minus the veggies 🙂 I haven’t had one in a while and now I can’t wait to try yours!

  13. That does look absolutely mouth watering Liz, the combination of the salty and sweet with the meat must be incredible! I think I will need to research this delicacy in Toronto (I usually order Pho when at a Vietnamese restaurant).

  14. I can see why it got a thumbs up. It looks heavenly.

  15. I have never had Bahn Mi. I need to remedy that.

  16. Funny – when I saw your post, the first thing I thought was there’s no way your husband tried it! If he tried it, and liked it, it must be amazing.

  17. Oh Lizzy! Your banh mi looks amazing! I still haven’t had one myself… which is a pity given the numerous Vietnamese eateries around here. You convinced me to give it a go!!

  18. I do love bahn mi rolls. I just visited another blog where there was a bahn mi and I’m now so hungry (it’s lunchtime and these are the perfect lunch). I love the crunchy vegetables in this roll and the coriander adds such a lovely flavour xx

  19. Yum! Yum! I haven’t met a báhn mì I didn’t like! I don’t eat paté, but I love it in my Báhn Mì Sandwich. I’m so needing one of these right now!

  20. This looks delicious. Love the combination of flavors.

  21. This would be a hit in our house too. It looks so delicious, Liz.

  22. I’ve never even heard of it, but it sounds great to me! Must be delicious with all those good ingredients!

  23. I could eat banh mi’s every day. I often make trips to Federal just to get them. While there I always stock up on bread to make my own. These look great, Liz!

  24. I love these Asian flavors, what a good looking sandwich!

  25. I love pork banh mi! I have one I was going to post but you beat me to it! LOL GMTA, right? I daresay yours looks better than mine! Love it!

  26. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Dear Liz, grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich sound like such a wonderful dinnertime, family-style treat. I have not had the chance to make one yet myself, but I have eaten them and I know they taste sooo good!
    Great presentation, dear friend!
    Andrea

  27. LOVE myself a good Báhn Mì and there are tons of places to get one in Montreal, I would not even try to make one seems complicated but no more. Kudos for making and awesome version.

  28. Ilove the pickles in banh mi – nevr had the pork version though, only tofu and seafood ones.

  29. Love your careful selection and components of your bahn mi, Liz. Victory indeed that your husband gave the thumbs up….He doesn’t know what he’s missing by not trying daikon! 😉

  30. This would get a big thumbs up from my family as well!

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