As of late, I have become a bit obsessed with Bahn Mi sandwiches . I just love the fresh crisp veggies and herbs, flavorful meats, and that bread! Yum!
Bahn Mi is the Vietnamese word for bread, referring to the French Baguette. Baguettes were introduced to Vietnam during the colonial period. The Vietnamese Baguettes are a bit lighter and airier the the traditional French Baguette and have a bit crispier crust.
Bahn Mi Baguettes are made with a combination of rice and wheat flours which attribute to their lightness, making them the perfect vessel for sandwich making.
The baguettes are typically spread with mayonnaise, toasted and then topped with meats, marinated vegetables, fresh cilantro or other herbs and fresh sliced jalapeno peppers.
I made a sriracha/garlic/lime mayonnaise for mine. I did not toast the bread but you can if you like. Then topped it with Asian BBQ Chicken.
Then a kale/cabbage mixture (I buy mine at Trader Joes) that I tossed with a little of my sweet and sour pickling marinade, shredded carrots also tossed with marinade, pickled watermelon radish and finished off with a few fresh cilantro sprigs.
To make the Asian BBQ Chicken:
Marinate 6 large boneless skinless chicken thighs in the following:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon oil (canola, olive or vegetable oil)
Marinate the chicken for at least 4-6 hours or overnight. Grill chicken until cooked through ( internal temperature of 165 degrees ).
For the Sriracha Mayonnaise:
- 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
- 1 clove fresh garlic, very finely minced
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
In a bowl whisk together all ingredients. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator for about an hour for flavors to marry.
For the pickled vegetables:
See my previous post sweet and sour pickled vegetables
For the Baguettes: I buy mine at the local Vietnamese Bakery/Sandwich shop (Best Baguette) If you cannot find any in your town here is a recipe that I found to make at home. Baguette Recipe
Once you have made all of the components, then assemble sandwiches as shown above.
For those of you who are gluten free. Try a Bahn Mi rice bowl instead