Sunday, August 05, 2012

Banh Mi Wanna Be (Vietnamese Baguette Sandwich)


The original Banh Mi uses French baguette because this is a fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisines.  However, for my home version, I just used the bread I have at home.  I never thought of making Banh Mi at home but it just so happen that I have all the ingredients at home and my girls loved it and I had to make lunch for them so I made this.

My friend introduced me to Banh Mi so I had a chance to try it.  If not, I would never thought of buying it to try.  The one I had was a lemongrass flavored chicken Banh Mi.  It had a yellow color sauce on it and pate along with sliced jalapeno, cucumber, cilantro and pickled radish and carrot on a French baguette.  The lemongrass chicken was surprisingly fragrant and it tasted delicious. 



My Banh Mi Wanna Be ingredients: honey mustard, shredded chicken breast (from leftover fried chicken takeout), whole wheat bread, pickled radish and carrot, cilantro and cucumber.  For the radish and carrot pickle, I used the recipe here, except I omitted the cucumber and used 1 tsp. of fish sauce instead of salt.


Assemble:  Whole wheat bread, top with cucumber, chicken breast and pickled radish and carrot (you can also add some Thai's sweeten chili sauce or Sriracha) .  On the other bread, spread with honey mustard and top with cilantro (you can add jalapeno too).  Cover, slice in half and enjoy!  After I had this, I thought it would be a great idea to toast the bread too.  As toasted bread would provide a crispy crunch to the texture and more similar to baguette.

7 comments:

Veronica @ Minty’sKitchen said...

A very good idea to use the normal sandwich bread instead of baguette. Looks yummy too. Thanks for sharing.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I tried the real one in Ho Chi Minh last time, cheap and good. Your quick version also sound good!

daphne said...

I love a good bahn and this looks fabulous!! I like your creativity ching! quick and easy!!

Juliana said...

I have not had this kind of sandwich for a while...your version looks pretty good...love the pickled radish...
Have a great week :)

tigerfish said...

I only tried Banh Mi once. I think using usual bread instead of French baguette is a good idea as I find that often French baguette they use is too hard!!!

noobcook said...

actually I prefer soft bread to baguette generally, easier to digest :P

Shannon @ JustAsDelish said...

I love Banh Mi, yours look good too! i'm inspired to make my own now