Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng (Vietnamese Baguette with Grilled Pork)

So, I made homemade baguettechicken liver pâté, thịt nướng (Vietnamese BBQ pork) and  đồ chua  (Vietnamese pickled carrots and radishes) just to be able to make a homemade bánh mì sandwich! Yes, I love bahn mi that much! [Hell, I even made nước mắm chấm, so you know some bún is heading this way too!]

I first had bahn mi on my first trip to Ho Chi Minh City. My friend AT bought us all a bahn mi for our very first breakfast there, and guess what, we had bahn mi for every single breakfast. Actually, since it was a foodie trip, we had multiple breakfasts. In Vietnam, bahn mi is everywhere. At every street corner, there was a little push truck selling bahn mi. It was so awesome. Also, bahn mi came with many different stuffings. There were many different kinds of Vietnamese hams and sausages, and my favorite bahn mi of all time, is bahn mi with shredded pig stomach. Whee! That thing just blew my tastebuds away, and I would die to get some of that right now.

Well, since we're really far from Vietnam, or anywhere in Asia for that matter, this has got to do! :) Bahn mi anything is just great. This might be the greatest thing that came from the French occupation of Vietnam. *haha*

P.S. My mom loves this sandwich too, and we would often get it just as a snack (oh we are a family of foodies) back when there was a bahn mi shop at Raffles City in Singapore. The shop has closed and now I don't know where else to get bahn mi in Singapore. Suggestions anyone?



Ingredients
  • 1 individual-serving baguette or about 8 inches of baguette (you think that's a lot now, but when you eat it, it'll be gone in no time!)
  • 1 romaine lettuce leaf
  • 1/3 cucumber, cut into sticks
  • approx. 1/2 cup of đồ chua (Vietnamese pickled carrots and radishes), drained and dried
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of chicken liver pâté
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 6 to 8 slices of thịt nướng (Vietnamese BBQ pork), or more if you like meat
  • [optional] small handful of cilantro




Method
  • Cut the baguette in half, lengthwise, and spread one side with mayonnaise and the other side with  chicken liver pâté.
  • Place the romaine lettuce on the side with the mayo, and add some thịt nướng on top. 
  • On the other side, place the cucumber sticks and drained  đồ chua.
  • Press the two halves back together and enjoy a great sandwich. (Perhaps my favorite sandwich!)

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