Recipe // homemade bánh mì sandwiches

June 8, 2012

i always joke that bánh mì sandwiches are just like me, half french, and half vietnamese!

but, all joking aside, bánh mì sandwiches are one of my favorite things to eat!  i have eaten these sandwiches my entire life, and i never tire of them!  they are a great twist on a boring old sandwich, and are fresh, and so full of flavor!  my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

i usually buy bánh mì sandwiches at my local asian market or restaurant, but they are also pretty easy to make at home!

Bánh mì Vietnamese sandwiches are seriously one of my favorite things to eat!  I remember eating them as a child, and as an adult, they still are a favorite!
They originate in Vietnam, but also have a French influence from when baguettes were introduced to Vietnam during its colonial period.
This sandwich has gained popularity, and it is known for it’s amazing flavor and freshness!  There are many different combinations, and today, I am sharing a lemongrass pork bánh mì recipe!
Their are many layers to a Bánh Mì sandwich, some may differ, but here is the most traditional anatomy of a Bánh Mì sandwich.
{image credit: NY Times}
{Grilled Lemongrass Pork Bánh Mì Sandwich Recipe}
(pork recipe adapted from this recipe)
  • 1.5 lb pork chops
  • 1/4 cup minced Lemongrass. Many Asian markets will sell minced lemongrass in the freezer section.
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 tbs ground pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced (use more according to taste)
  • 2-3 shallots, minced.
  • 3 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs roasted sesame seeds
  • flexible grilling basket or indoor grill
For the marinade, combine in large mixing bowl the lemongrass, shallots, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, pepper, dark soy sauce, sesame oil. Add pork and mix well and marinade for at least 1-2 hrs.
Grill Pork on the grill about 4 minutes per side, or until completely cooked.  Slice.
To assemble the sandwich:
Placed sliced lemon grass pork onto a fresh baguette.  Place a layer of sliced cucumber, sliced jalapeños (optional), then picked carrots and daikon, and fresh cilantro.  It is also great with a little hit of fish sauce (nuoc cham, click here for a recipe)
If you aren’t a Bánh Mì yet, then trust me, it doesn’t take long to become addicted!

3 thoughts on “Recipe // homemade bánh mì sandwiches

  1. Laura

    You have a beautiful blog with a lot of inspiring posts! Congrats on your work! Would you like t follow each other?:)

  2. .caroline armelle.

    hey! the mama monster!

    there are some great asian grocery stores in west valley that sell them. kim long market. cafe thao mi. also, oh mai restaurant in slc sells them, and they are so yummy. get the honey glazed pork one if you go there!


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