Bahn mi sandwiches, traditionally a Vietnamese single serving meat sandwich, are becoming the hipster ethnic food of choice these days. I totally admit to jumping on this bandwagon a few years ago. My first bahn mi sandwich was at a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn and I fell in love. I don’t know of any coveted bahn mi places here in Boston but after making them at home, I don’t think I need to.
Bahn mi sandwiches are characterized, first, by their meat components (usually pork). Next, traditionally, is some kind of pickled vegetable (carrots commonly). In addition to pickled veggies there is usually a fresh vegetable component for crunch (cucumbers). And finally you can’t forget the binding agent, some combo of mayo and hot chili paste. Top it with cilantro and you have a delicious Eastern inspired sandwich. I used all of these simple foundational ingredients to build my own right at home.
This sandwich has three make-ahead elements (the pork, pickles, and onions) that make this a perfect weeknight dinner option. We love partially cooking up meals on Sunday so eating healthy during our busy work-week is easy and quick. This is a snap day-of.
Domestocrat’s Bahn Mi Sandwiches
(yields 2 sandwiches)
1 loaf of crusty bread (I recommend ciabatta or a baguette)
1/2 cup pickled vegetables (here is my recipe for a quick pickled radish/carrot combo)
2 tsp. sriracha
2 tsp. mayo
1/2 cup caramelized onions
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 cup pulled pork
A few cilantro leaves
Start with slathering on the sriracha and mayo on to each half of the bread.
Pile on your pickled veggies.
Load the pork, onions, cucumber slices, and cilantro on in any order you prefer.
Voila! An easy, healthy, super delicious sandwich.
Have you had bahn mi before? What are your thoughts?