Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches

I have been following the food truck competition on the Food Network on and off the past few weeks and became obsessed with trying a Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwich!!! They looked SOOOO good on the show and I had never tried one . . . so after tinking in the kitchen and trying out a few recipes . . . this is the winner that I found! Pork Banh Mi Marinade
Recipe by: Emily

1 lb Pork, sliced thin, use loin or chops
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Fish Sauce
3 tsp Sugar
1-2 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1 tsp Sesame Oil
3 Tbsp Shallots, minced
1/8 tsp Onion powder
Juice of a Lime
Pincc of Red Pepper Flakes

1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients and allow pork to marinade for at least 2 hours or overnight. Grill in batches over medium low-medium heat to caramelize the meat.

Pickled Carrot Slaw

1 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
Dash of Red Pepper Flakes
1 Green Onion, chopped
2 cups of julienned vegetables- I used carrots alone . . . but you can use one cup of carrots and 1 cup of daikon radish if you like. (I am not a radish fan)

1. Combine rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper flakes in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for one minute and stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Add julienned carrots to vinegar mixture and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight. Add the green onion just before serving.

Additional Sandwich Ingredients:

1 Crusty loaf of French Bread or 2-3 Small Baguettes
Cucumber Slices
Fresh Cilantro

To assemble the sandwich portion the french bread into 3 pieces and slice each in half length wise. Lightly toast the bread on a grill or in the oven. Spread the bread with mayonnaise, layer meat, sliced cucumber, pickled carrot slaw, and cilantro sprigs onto bread. Enjoy!