We’ve all seen the food trucks around town selling Bahn Mi – Vietnamese-style sandwiches and they…are…yummy! We got home from London and were so food-inspired that we decided to tackle making our own version of a Bahn Mi. And let me tell you…it was easier than we thought…and they came out GREAT!
According to Wikipedia, Banh Mi is the Vietnamese term for bread. And in this area of the world Banh Mi has been used to refer to a meat-filled sandwich on bread. Meat on bread? That’ll work for me!
We used this recipe from Epicurious because we wanted to make chicken Bahn Mi’s instead of the usual pork. I was surprised to find that the ingredients were somewhat basic and definitely able to be found at your local grocery store. Daikon is in season now and we had some from our weekly CSA, so that worked out too.
First, cook your chicken, we baked ours, let it cool, shred with 2 forks, and set aside.
Make your slaw using shredded carrot and daikon. Mix with combined vinegar, sugar, and salt. Let sit for about 15 minutes.
Mix your oil, fish sauce, and soy sauce and spread on your crusty baguette that has been warmed in the oven and then split.
Now it’s time to assemble! Layer a piece of lettuce on the bottom, then pile your shredded chicken, top with a few cut white onions, then sprinkle your slaw on top. Last, spread a little mayonnaise on the top piece of bread. I was surprised by the mayo too, but it makes the sandwich.
This is a messy one, but soooo good – enjoy!