In the Kitchen: Banh Mi – Nom Nom!

Banh Mi - Vietnamese Sandwich

The infamous LA Food Truck, Nom Nom has made these Vietnamese Sandwiches a to die for hit.   Baguettes in Vietnamese cuisine may sound weird, but I promise you Banh Mi is a mouth-watering budget friendly sandwich, that teases your taste buds with a mixture of fresh vegetables, french bread, and Vietnamese flavors.

The Banh Mi sandwich has a long line of history stemming back to the French colonization of Indochina.  Combine a baguette with regional delicacies such cilantro, hot peppers, fish sauce, diakon radishes, and carrots and you have an instant sensation.

So in an attempt to recreate the Banh Mi flavors at home, a little research was necessary.  First what does Nom Nom use to create their irresistible subs?

Nom Nom’s version of the Banh Mi looks like this…

Crucial ingredients — check.  Now how to create the pickled slaw of carrots and daikon, the sweet honey glaze, and mayonnaise spread.  What I have come up with to recreate the Nom Nom goodness…

Sweet Honey Glaze Pork

  • 1 pound pork cutlets/chops, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped shallots or onion
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seed oil (marinade), 2 tablespoons for cooking
  • a squirt of Siracha (more or less if you can handle the spice)

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a plastic bag. Mix all ingredients well.  Add pork slices. Allow everything to marinade for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

Heat up frying pan, once pan is hot coat with 2 tablespoons of sesame, cook pork until cooked through.

Do Chua (Carrot & Daikon Slaw)

  • 1 medium-sized carrot, julienned
  • 1 small daikon, julienned
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar

Mayonnaise Spread (makes 1/4 cup)

  • 1 garlic clove, smashed and minced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (for healthier version, mix 1/2 non-fat plain yogurt, 1/2 mayonnaise)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Banh Mi Sandwich

  • 1 12-inch french baguette
  • pork cooked in and marinaded with the Sweet Honey Glaze
  • thin slices of cucumber
  • fresh cilantro
  • jalapeno, cut into rings
  • Do Chua
  • Mayonnaise Spread