Banh Mi Sandwich
What is a Banh Mi? It’s a Vietnamese recipe, a sandwich made with grilled pork, chicken or pate and commonly served by street vendors in Vietnam.
Bánh Mì literally means “bread” in Vietnamese; it refers to the French baguette bread that is used to make this Vietnamese sandwich.
This sandwich is popular around the world, especially in countries with a high concentration of Vietnamese people, from France, Canada, United Kingdom to the United States.
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Ingredients for Vietnamese Banh Mi
- French baguettes
- Pork or chicken
- Vietnamese picked carrots and daikon
- Cilantro leaves
Pork is commonly used and it’s called “Thịt Nuong” in Vietnamese, which literally means “grilled pork.” So, if you have a grilled pork sandwich, it’s called Banh Mi Thịt Nuong.
This popular Vietnamese sandwich can be easily found in most Vietnamese restaurants or Vietnamese-owned sandwich and bakery shops. There are a variety of meat choices—from steamed, pan-fried, to grilled. Thit Nuong grilled pork is the best!
How to Make Pork Banh Mi?
First, you marinate the pork with lemongrass and other seasonings. Fire up the grill to grill the pork.
Next, you assemble the sandwich by spreading mayonnaise on the baguette before adding the grilled pork in the middle of the baguette bread. Top off with pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro and you will have a wholesome and filling sandwich.
Crusty and Light Baguette Is the Best!
For the best results, use rustic and crusty baguette. I have a homemade Baguette recipe if you want to make it from scratch.
You can also buy French-style bread from supermarkets. The inside should be chewy soft and the outside crusty, but overall light in weight. You can refer to this article at Viet World Kitchen on which bread to buy from supermarkets.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is 400 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
This sandwich is best served on its own. For a Vietnamese meal at home, I recommend the following recipes.
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Banh Mi Recipe
Banh Mi is Vietnamese baguette with grilled meat. Easy banh mi recipe with grilled lemongrass pork and baguette to make the perfect banh mi at home.
- 2 lbs. boneless pork butt cut into 1/4-inch thick slices, 8-inch length by 2 1/2-inch width
- 4 French baguette 8 in. 10 cm x 20 cm sliced lengthwise
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- pickled carrots and daikon store-bought
- 1 bunch cilantro leaves
Lemongrass Pork Marinade:
- 1/2 cup minced lemongrass
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper
- 5 shallots peeled and minced
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
1Lightly pound the pork slices with a mallet or the back of the kitchen knife. In a bowl, mix all the Marinade ingredients together. Marinate the pork with the Marinade, for 2 hours or best overnight. Discard excess marinade before grilling.
2Fire up the grill. Arrange the marinated pork onto the grill. Grill until the pork is nicely charred on both sides or until the pork is cooked through. If you are using a broiler oven, broil for 5-7 minutes on each side or until the pork is completely cooked and nicely charred.
3Remove the pork from the grill. Spread the the mayonnaise on the baguette and add a few grilled pork slices. Top the pork with pickled carrots and daikon and cilantro leaves. Cut the baguette into halves and serve immediately.
This turned out really well! Thank you!
Hi Viki, thanks for trying my banh mi recipe. Please try more recipes on my site: https://rasamalaysia.com/recipe-index-gallery/
I am glad the pork salad was tasty. I made mine from some pork i picked up at the gas station and it gave my kids wicked diarhhea but it tasted pretty darn good.
ROFL. Pork from a gas station or you serious?!? Someone call CPS please.
I love eating Vietnamese Bahn Mi rolls. Thank you for sharing your recipe , will definitely try it soon. Is pork butt same as pork front shoulder? Over here in Australia they don’t have pork butt. Can I use pork neck ?
I too prefer served with pate . Thanks again.
Use pork belly
Yes, pork butt is the same as boneless pork shoulder.
Butt just comes from an American name for the casks they used to come in on ships in Boston I think. they aren’t the pigs butt, just the shoulder ?
I prefer banh mi served with pate, vietnamese ham or egg omelette
Yes, that’s very good, too.
So, where’s the pate?
This recipe doesn’t have pate.
Where can we get Char Jway Teo’s sweet sauce here in Miami ?
Can i use chicken breast as my husband don’t eat pork
Make it your own recipe. Of course you can change the recipe to suit your dietary restrictions. It’s all a part of cooking.
I looooove this recipe and I’ve been making it for a couple of years now…..it’s my husbands favorite!! If I wanted to make this recipe with chicken thighs, how long should I cook it??
Until it’s cooked…
I used pork neck fillet which I think is the same as a pork butt and it was simply delicious. I am going to use the same marinade on strips of pork next time for a stir fry. This is a great recipe. Thank you.
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