Recipe by metzstar
"A Vietnamese sandwich, made with chicken and full of pickled vegetables. My husband works around a lot of Vietnamese restaurants, and I was making him bring me home these tasty sandwiches. Finally I attempted to make one, and found that my recipe was even better than the restaurants, mainly because I used chicken breast and fresher ingredients. I also love the pickled vegetables, so I made sure there was plenty of those."
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carrot, cut into 1/16-inch-thick matchsticks
white (daikon) radish, cut into 1/16-inch-thick matchsticks
thinly sliced white onion
skinless, boneless chicken breast half
garlic salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 (12 inch)
thinly sliced cucumber
fresh cilantro leaves
jalapeno pepper - seeded and cut into 1/16-inch-thick matchsticks
I used this recipe as my inspiration & only made the marinade, adding 1/4 tsp. kosher salt. I'd had pork to use from a slow smoked butt roast which was moist & wonderfully seasoned so I think any good flavored pork or chicken might work just as well. I let the veggies marinate 1 hour & they were great - lots of flavor but still fresh & crunchy! I lightly toasted just the crusts of my bagette, & I used all the veg & garnish suggested but added a dash of soy sauce over all because the mayo just didn't do enough, so I'll hafta figure that out next. But try it - it's a great sandwich!
This recipe is a nice base for Banh Mi and those who are not familiar with Vietnamese subs/food. Adding additional ingredients could make this a much better a more solid Banh Mi. One key ingredient that was not mentioned here is the soy sauce which is typically added atop the mayo and for those feeling a bit more adventurous, duck/chicken pate. As far as meat goes, the most popular/common filling is the cha siu (xa xiu) pork which is a sweet BBQ pork that is grilled/fried (my personal favorite as it goes well with the pickled veggies). Chicken can be used as well, Vietnamese cold cuts, pork meatballs or even firm fried tofu for a vegetarian option.
We LOVE Banh Mi at our house, and I've been experimenting as well. I like the marinade for the veggies in this recipe, although I think the mayo needs to be infused with something to make it more authentic (at least, they do at our VN Baguette shop...) I tried adding garlic powder and a little Chinese 5 spice just to see. We loved it. Next we're gonna try the Asian BBQ Pork from Costco as a sandwich filler.
I loved this!!! The marinade for the veggies is OUTSTANDING, even though it's so simple. I marinated the chicken in soy sauce and chili paste for a bit before cooking, and made a cilantro mayo instead of putting cilantro on top (dont like the bits in my teeth) Just personal preference, I made the sammich open faced. ALl in all, a great try! Only 4 stars because the one at my local VN place is better.
I've never had a Banh Mi before, but decided to look it up and try it because I watched The Great Food Truck Race with Nom Nom and it peaked my interest. So, I can't attest to whether or not it is authentic, but I will say, I followed this recipe pretty closely and it was delicious and very fresh. The only changes I made were I used a whole grain hoagie roll instead of a French baguette, and I mixed in Sriracha with my mayonnaise. My husband thoroughly enjoyed it and we plan on making more meat tomorrow to eat with the left over veggies I prepared. I'm letting the slaw marinate overnight as well, and expect it to be even more fantastic tomorrow. Definitely would recommend trying.
So flavourful! I really enjoyed the pickled vegetables, and I didn't find it time consuming to do at all. I used my julienning peeler from Pampered Chef and was done in a snap! I added siracha chili paste to my sandwich, instead of using jalepenos, as I felt the siracha would complement the flavours better. I will definitely be making this again. A wonderful summer time meal.
My new favorite sandwich. Hands down. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
Delicious and easy! Next time I make it, though, I'll definitely include some chili garlic sauce (e.g. siracha) mixed in with the mayo to give it a bite.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/2 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 227
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