Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pork Sandwich)

Dreams of travel and food

This Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) is inspired by the flavors of Vietnam.  If you haven’t gone, I suggest booking a trip sooner rather than later.  Beautiful scenery, friendly locals and delectable food.

Pork Banh Mi with seasoned oven wedges on cutting board

 

Haunted by bread and pork

Each and every time I visited this beautiful country, I gorged myself on food especially anything pork or bread-related.  More should be written about the perfection that is Vietnamese bread (Bánh mì).  A remembrance of the French colonization, the Vietnamese have taken on the baguette and done genius things with it.  It’s soft, chewy and often filled with delicious treats, including something else they treat very well – pork.  The Vietnamese do this meat beautifully in many of their dishes.

 

 

Pork Banh Mi with seasoned oven wedges and veg on plate

Making do

   Sadly, I am far away from Vietnam but the memory of their delicious Banh Mi remains near and dear.  What can one do when so far away from such sandwich masters?  Guess I will just have to throw together a passable substitute.  For right now, I will make do with juicy lean pork marinated in ginger, garlic, shallots and various sauces then grilled to perfection and stuffed into a soft and chewy baguette.  Topped with sliced cucumber, tomato, lettuce and your favorite condiments and you’ve got yourself one hell of a tasty substitute.

 

 

The Pork

 

raw marinated pork
Combine shallots, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, sweet chili sauce and vegetable oil together and puree until smooth. Mix marinade with meat and let sit in the fridge for 8 hours to overnight.
cooked marinated pork
When ready to cook, remove the meat from the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature. Once at room temperature grill over medium-high heat until the meat is cooked through and internal temperature has reached 145F/63C. If a grill is not available, then you can place it under the broiler for 10-15 minutes. Be watchful when cooking with pork as it has a tendency to quickly dry out if overcooked.
pork cut up into slices
When the meat is fully cooked, remove it from heat and let rest for about 5 minutes before cutting it into strips.

 

The sandwich

baguette cut in half
Cut the baguette in half lengthwise.
herb pesto spread on half of baguette
Spread fresh herb pesto on the bottom half
slice cucumber, tomato and pesto on baguette
Top with sliced cucumber and tomato.
sliced pork on top on cucumber and tomato
Place sliced meat strips atop of sliced cucumber and tomato
mayonnaise and sriracha on pork sandwich
Drizzle with mayonnaise and sriracha (optional)
lettuce atop pork sandwich
Top with a few leaves of lettuce
Pork Banh Mi on plate
Place the top half of the baguette on top and secure it in place with toothpicks. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve. This should make 4-6 sandwiches. Goes great with a salad or sweet potato wedges.

 

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Pork Banh Mi with seasoned oven wedges and veg on plate

Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pork Sandwich)


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 sandwiches 1x

Description

This Banh Mi is made with pork marinated in ginger, garlic, shallots and various other sauces then grilled and stuffed into a baguette to make a tasty sandwich. #pork #sandwich #Vietnamese


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 23 shallots
  • 45 cloves of garlic
  • 34 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 23 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400500g (14-17.6 oz) lean pork (loin, topside, or knuckle will do)
  • 12 baguette
  • 12 tomatoes (sliced thinly)
  • 1 large cucumber (sliced thinly)
  • Fresh Herb Pesto (optional)
  • lettuce (handful, enough for a sandwich)
  • mayonnaise (optional)
  • sriracha (optional)
  • toothpicks (to hold it all together)

Instructions

Pork:
  1. Combine shallots, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, sweet chili sauce and vegetable oil together and puree until smooth.
  2. Mix marinade with pork and let sit in the fridge for 8 hours to overnight.
  3. When ready to cook, remove pork from the refrigerator and let warm to room temperature.
  4. Once at room temperature grill over medium-high heat until pork is cooked through and internal temperature has reached 145F/63C.  If a grill is not available, then you can place in under the broiler for 10-15 minutes.  Be watchful when cooking with pork as it has a tendency to quickly dry out if overcooked.
  5. When pork is fully cooked, remove from heat and let rest for about 5 minutes before cutting it into strips.
Sandwich:
  1. Cut a baguette in half lengthwise.
  2. Spread fresh herb pesto on the bottom half
  3. Top with sliced cucumber and tomato.
  4. Place sliced pork strips atop of sliced cucumber and tomato
  5. Drizzle with mayonnaise and sriracha (optional)
  6. Top with a few leaves of lettuce
  7. Place the top half of the baguette on top and secure it in place with toothpicks.
  8. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve.  This should make 4-6 sandwiches.  Goes great with a salad or sweet potato wedges.

Notes

Grill for a more authentic flavor.

  • Category: Sandwich, Pork
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese/ Asian

Keywords: Vietnamese, Pork, Sandwich, banh mi, lemongrass,

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Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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