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The warm weather is here. To hot to have a typical Asian meal that is heavy and weighs on your stomach. In Southeast Asian where the weather is always hot and humid, the Vietnamese people have been successful with producing light fare, easy, refreshing and delicious.
Introducing the Vietnamese sandwich called Banh Mi, a sandwich vastly different from the typical American sandwich. There are so many versions, but I prefer to use a Hoagie bun or subway roll. If you really want to get authentic, the French baguette is used.
This may seem a little different but I try to hollow out the extra bread, why? it better to grip the whole sandwich without anything falling out. The typical meat is pork but Chinese roast pork is better. It's been marinaded already. Lay a couple of slices in the roll, spread some mayo on one side of bun with a squeeze of Sriracha hot chili sauce to give a slight kick, Add shredded pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro, slices of cucumber, a version of the oil and vinegar used is (mixture of brown sugar, fish sauce and vinegar) and you have a delicious fresh sandwich with a unique flavor and healthy too!. The beauty of this sandwich is yo can be so creative, add fresh bean sprouts, red onions, jalepeno peppers, mint leaves, or switch from pork to marinated chicken and beef or even shrimp. Simple sandwich for those warm days in Summer.
Unfortunately, the only establishments that offer these sandwiches are Vietnamese restaurants, and they aren't even guaranteed to carry them. Hasn't been given alot of press. But here at Chef Woo Can
Asian Cafe in Fallston, MD will be offering these sandwich very soon at www.chefwoocan.com!