A Very Tasty Bahn Mi
Cultural Mashup Time
A Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich is a bit of a cultural mashup. The bread is French. A proper Bahn Mi roll looks like an American hoagie, but it has a crispy crust and a soft and chewy middle (like a French baguette). The sandwich fixings are definitely Asian, and feature pork, cilantro, hoisin and fish sauce.
We have added another cultural note with some Florida Heat Hot Honey. We are a bit partial, but it's a really, REALLY good addition to this sandwich.
It's optional, but it adds a great flavor note to marinate the cucumber slices in a dash of rice vinegar and a pinch of sugar for 15 to 20 minutes before using.
The sandwich sauce is not an exact science. Blend some hoisin sauce with fish sauce and water to get the right consistency and flavor for you.
Look for a pre-marinated pork tenderloin with teriyaki flavor. If you can't find one, marinate the pork overnight in a blend of oil, water, soy sauce and brown sugar.
- one pork tenderloin, marinated
- one medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
- a handfull of fresh cilantro, washed and patted dry
- two medium carrots, peeled and shredded
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- Florida Heat Hot Honey
- four sandwich rolls (French baguette style)
Grill the pork on a BBQ grill until done (internal temperature of 150 degrees F). Remove from grill, cover with foil and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing into quarter inch slices.
Heat the sandwich rolls in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. You just want to crisp the outside of the roll and warm the inside a bit. Remove rolls from oven and slice each roll lengthwise - but not all the way through. Leave a hinge on one side.
Blend together the hoisin, fish sauce and some water to make the sandwich sauce, and then sauce each half of the bread. Layer each sandwich with meat slices and then drizzle a line of Hot Honey over the sliced pork. And the shredded carrots, cucumber slices and cilantro leaves.
This sandwich is best when the bread is still a bit warm on the inside and crispy on the outside.