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Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Banh mi recipes

A traditional Vietnamese lunch often consists of a banh mi, a baguette like sandwich piled high with vegetables, meat and a delicious mayonnaise-like sauce. Scrumptious and satisfying, a banh mi is a special midday meal whether you frequent a Vietnamese eatery or make this tasty sandwich at home.

Pork Banh Mi

Makes 4 servings

1/4 cup white vinegar
1 large carrot, julienned
1/2 daikon, julienned
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon minced white onion
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
6 ounces lean ground pork
Garlic powder
Freshly ground black pepper
8 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 teaspoons chili powder or chili oil
4 teaspoons soy sauce
4 (10-inch) French baguettes, sliced in half lengthwise, warmed
8 slices salami, ham or turkey
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 medium cucumber, thinly sliced

1. Combine vinegar with carrot, daikon and salt to taste.

2. Saute onion in oil until translucent. Add pork and season with garlic powder and black pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until fully cooked through. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

3. Stir mayonnaise together with chili powder or oil and soy sauce. Spread mayonnaise onto baguettes.

4. Top with pork mixture, salami, ham, or turkey, and carrot mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro and add a layer of cucumber slices.

Vegetarian Banh Mi

Makes 4 servings

1 large carrot, julienned
1/2 daikon, julienned
1/2 cucumber, julienned
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
Canola oil
1 pound firm tofu, drained, sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
8 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 French baguettes, halved lengthwise and warmed
1 avocado, halved, pitted, sliced
Fresh mint leaves
Fresh cilantro leaves

1. Combine carrot, daikon and cucumber with vinegar and sugar. Set aside.

2. In a skillet, saute onion in oil until translucent. Add tofu and gently fry until golden on both sides. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Mix jalapeno peppers with mayonnaise and spread on baguettes. Top with tofu, carrot mixture, avocado slices, mint and cilantro.

Breakfast Banh Mi

Makes 4 servings

8 eggs
1 white onion, diced
Canola oil
Salted butter, softened
4 French baguettes, halved lengthwise and warmed
4 tablespoons soy sauce

1. Fry eggs until center is cooked but still jiggly.

2. Saute onions in oil until translucent.

3. Spread butter onto baguettes and top with onions and two fried eggs each. Drizzle soy sauce over eggs to serve.

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