About this recipe: A Vietnamese sandwich, made with chicken and full of pickled vegetables. My husband works around a Vietnamese restaurant, and I was making him bring me home these tasty sandwiches. Finally I attempted to make one, and found that my recipe was even better than the restaurant's, mainly because I used chicken breast and fresher ingredients. I also love the pickled vegetables, so I made sure there were plenty of those.
This recipe is a nice base for Banh Mi and those who are not familiar with Vietnamese subs/food. Adding additional ingredients could make this a much better a more solid Banh Mi. One key ingredient that was not mentioned here is the soy sauce which is typically added atop the mayo and for those feeling a bit more adventurous, duck/chicken pate. As far as meat goes, the most popular/common filling is the cha siu (xa xiu) pork which is a sweet BBQ pork that is grilled/fried (my personal favorite as it goes well with the pickled veggies). Chicken can be used as well, Vietnamese cold cuts, pork meatballs or even firm fried tofu for a vegetarian option. - 02 Sep 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I used this recipe as my inspiration & only made the marinade, adding 1/4 tsp. kosher salt. I'd had pork to use from a slow smoked butt roast which was moist & wonderfully seasoned so I think any good flavored pork or chicken might work just as well. I let the veggies marinate 1 hour & they were great - lots of flavor but still fresh & crunchy! I lightly toasted just the crusts of my bagette, & I used all the veg & garnish suggested but added a dash of soy sauce over all because the mayo just didn't do enough, so I'll hafta figure that out next. But try it - it's a great sandwich! - 25 Jul 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
We LOVE Banh Mi at our house, and I've been experimenting as well. I like the marinade for the veggies in this recipe, although I think the mayo needs to be infused with something to make it more authentic (at least, they do at our VN Baguette shop...) I tried adding garlic powder and a little Chinese 5 spice just to see. We loved it. Next we're gonna try the Asian BBQ Pork from Costco as a sandwich filler. - 11 Aug 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)