Banh Mi

One of the most beloved street foods from Vietnam, the irresistible bahn mi is traditionally made with juicy sliced meat (usually pork), crunchy pickled vegetables, fresh chilies, herbs and a sauce. It is served on a baguette with a soft crumb and thin, crispy crust. Lucky for us, we can make a wonderful version at home: seared ground pork patties get extra savory flavor from aromatic fish sauce and sweet and salty hoisin, and quick pickled vegetables add satisfying lightly acidic crunch. A simple sauce of mayonnaise and sriracha contributes a creamy element; sliced jalapenos a burst of heat; and fresh cilantro leaves just the right amount of green herbaceous-ness.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • Pickled Vegetables:
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Pork Patties:
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground pork
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • For Assembly:
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 4 (7-8-inch) steak or sub rolls, halved horizontally
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small Anolon saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the carrots, bell pepper and onion. Let the vegetables stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. For the pork patties, combine the pork, scallions, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl; mix well. Divide the mixture into four even sections and form each into a 6 1/2” to 7”-inch long, 1/2-inch thick patty.
  4. Combine the mayonnaise and sriracha in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Place the rolls on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until the crust is crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Heat an Anolon 3-quart nonstick sauté pan over medium. Add the pork patties and cook, turning once, until browned and cooked through, 9-10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  7. Spread the cut sides (top and bottom halves) of each roll with the sriracha mayonnaise. Layer the cucumbers on the bottom halves of the rolls; top with the pork patties. Drain the pickled vegetables and place them over the pork; top with jalapeno slices and cilantro leaves, close the sandwich and serve immediately.


This recipe was created exclusively for Anolon® Gourmet Cookware by Marge Perry and David Bonom.