With the thousands of food pictures flooding your social media outlets, it is nearly impossible not to instantly start salivating and planning your next meal. Last night, I found myself sorting through hundreds of photos of Vietnamese food. It was then, last night, I decided to make some sort of Vietnamese dish for dinner tonight…but what?
Low and behold…the food that NEVER disappoints. The Banh Mi sandwich. BINGO! Below is my recipe for my Thursday night version of a classic pork banh mi sandwich.
What you will need:
1 lb ground pork
3 stalks lemongrass, just the innards
2 green onions
5 cloves of garlic
1/3 bunch of cilantro + 1/3
2 T fish sauce
1/2 T white sugar
Crunchy bread, or baguette
What you will do:
1. In a food processor, pulse the lemongrass, green onions, garlic, shallot, and 1/3 of the cilantro into a paste. Move to bowl and add the ground pork, fish sauce, sugar and mix.
2. Heat up a skillet over medium high heat. Fry egg and set aside. In the same pan, place a small amount of the pork mixture and cook (this is done to see if you need to adjust any of your seasonings before cooking off the pork). Once flavors are perfect, make small patties and cook in the skillet until brown on both sides and cooked through.
3. Assemble sandwiches: Add mayo to bread, sliced cucumbers, patties, fried egg, remaining cilantro, and picked daikon and carrots. Top with a healthy dose of sriracha and enjoy!
TIP: Make extra and turn these patties into an amazing vermicelli bowl tomorrow!
Yes, I know my bread doesn’t look traditional but in my ‘hood we are lacking great bread. I used some take and bake ciabatta rolls. I think one day I will be making my own bread!
TIP: For even better charred flavor cook the pork over coals. I had every intention to, however, on the way home I heard it was a “spare the air” day. Too bad I listen, hahah!
Cheers and happy eating!