No one comes to Vietnam without trying the infamously flavourful Banh Mi Sandwich. The taste is beyond that of any sandwich you’d eat in any Western Nation.
- What is a Banh Mi?
Essentially it is a crusty baguette with fillings. The fillings can be anything from pickled local vegetables and roast pork to chunks of meatballs in a tomato sauce. Rather than have a defined set of Banh Mi rules, the Vietnamese have experimented and perfected a number of different varieties. This dish can be found all around the country.
- Banh Mi Sandwich- basic ingredients
Banh Mi is made from many simple ingredients. These are listed below:
- A roll of warm crusty bread (rice or wheat flour or 50% of both)
- A filling or fillings (cold cut slices / grilled meat / cheese / eggs / tofu)
- Pickled vegetables (carrots/daikon or white radish, usually stored in boiled white vinegar, sugar and salt and left for a few hours or days)
- Fresh vegetables (cucumber slices / cilantro / chilli)
- Spread (Mayonnaise / margarine/ cheese)
- Condiments (e.g. Soy sauce/ fish sauce/ chilli sauce)
These basic elements is what makes the difference of Vietnamese Sandwich
- How to make a Banh Mi?
- The bread comes out of the oven
- The bread is cut in half
- The spread is applied to the bread.
- After that, the condiments are sprinkled onto the spread.
- The pate is applied to the bread. Some prefer an alternate bit of mash, such as smashed avocado
- The main filling (s) are placed on top, in slices, shreds or chunks
- These are topped with pickled vegetables
- Fresh vegetables are stuffed into the banquette
The Banh Mi is placed into wrapping, ready to serve.
- The Vietnamese Sandwich – options available
- Bánh mì Đặc Biệt – This is the house special. Usually one or more filings such a grilled meat or cold cuts, cheese plus the set with a special take on it
- Bánh mì thịt nguội – This is usually made up of 2-3 kinds of pork cold cut slices, usually fresh. The sliced meats and slices of ham are mixed together with mayo and cucumber added to this traditional Vietnamese Sandwich
- Bánh mì bì (shredded pork sandwich) – shredded pork or pork skin with soy or fish sauce, with pate, mayo, pickles and fresh veg. Can be served with shredded chicken instead of pork.
- Bánh mì chả or Chả Lụa (Pork Roll) – pork boiled or steam in banana leaves then cooled down and served as sliced pork. The texture is similar to bologna pork meat. Just add the veg and mayo
- Bánh mì Xiu Mai (minced pork meatball sandwich) – smashed pork meatballs marinated in a local flavoured sauce, usually with a tomato, fish or soy sauce base
- Bánh mì xá xíu (Pork sausage sandwich) – This is caramelised chopped up pork meat ‘char siu’ Chinese style. It is marinated with Chinese seasoning and grilled on a stove pan.
- Bánh mì thịt nướng (barbecue pork sandwich) – A very popular Vietnamese Sandwich for meat lovers. This is a grilled pork belly or grilled pork shoulder with the standard Vietnamese marinade infused into the pork beforehand
- Bánh mì chả cá (fish patty sandwich) – Fried fish cakes placed into a baguette then served with Sriracha sauce, seasoning and carrot/daikon pickles with veg
- Bánh mì pa-tê (Pate sandwich) – Pate is usually served as part of the Vietnamese Sandwich, though it can be served as one filling. Usually, pork-based pate is served, though there are various flavors available. A seasoned vegan-based pate has really hit the streets with force recently.
- Bánh mì cá mòi (sardine sandwich) – This is a traditional pantry style roll. It is a can of tinned sardines which are warmed in a pan, then served with all the trimmings
- Bánh mì gà nướng (grilled chicken sandwich) – This is marinated grilled chicken with East Asian seasoning, topped with pickled fillings, fresh chilli and cilantro. The chicken is sliced and served on a hot, crispy baguette
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