Yes I have just just returned from 3 weeks in the North Eastern reaches of Western Australia and yes I’ve got some stories to tell about fish and crocodiles and cooking on the coals of an open fire. Proper Crocodile Dundee shit. But that’s on hold for now. It’s a time thing. It’s not you it’s me. You know?
Besides, we had bahn mi for lunch today so I thought I could quickly tell you about that. That will be plenty easy, right?
We had a bit of cooked pork belly, prawns, some home made pate and a baguette all congregating in our kitchen. All at the same time.
Do you know what that means?
I will tell you what that means through a direct quote straight from the mouth of my 9 year old son, Obi.
“We should make bahn mi for lunch”.
Yes Obi, yes we should.
I understand that it’s not going to be too often the occasion that these ingredients just happen to be hanging out in the kitchen, like those robot lions, just waiting to form Voltron… or in this case, bahn mi tron. So it is totally feasible to go to the shop or the market or where ever it is you buy things to eat and purchase a little sliced roast pork, cooked prawns and a bit of pate… and you can get yourself a baguette while you’re there, ay.
Then you can put it all together pretty easily and let the memories of your Vietnam holiday come flooding back.
BAHN MI (per sandwich)
1 single serve baguette or a long baguette for 4 people (and then quadruple this recipe)
3 slices roasted pork of some description. Belly, shoulder, leg, neck… they all work well
3 medium cooked prawns (shrimp), peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon pate
3-4 thin slices cucumber
A few sprigs each fresh coriander, mint and basil
A good splash of bahn mi dressing (recipe follows)
• Slice baguette open
• Spread pate over the inside of the baguette
• Layer pork, then prawns, then cucumber and then herbs in the baguette and then dress with a good splash of that bahn mi dressing
• Dear good lord that is some delicious shit, non?
BAHN MI DRESSING
3 tablespoons sambal oelek
1 tablespoon fish sauce
a splash light soy sauce
1 tablespoon chilli vinegar
(All available from your local friendly Asian super market)
• Mix it all together
• Remaining dressing will last for at least a couple of weeks. Use it to dress a chicken salad or toss through some noodles or just dip a carrot or an actual stick in it for some low-cal eating if that’s how you’re rolling
6 responses to “Bahn mi tron sandwich”
love it and now I am hungry again ….
Pork and shrimp in one banh mi. It’s like a banh mi on steroids is those steroids were shrimp. The pate and pickles make the sandwich, but the pork and shrimp put it over the top. Nicely done.
Thanks hombre. It was a cracking sandy to be sure!
Mr Food, that sandwich really is the best shit ever, I would have to add the really shiny mayo that those banh mi shops specilise in. You know, it’s kept in a plastic food container and is shiny and almost gelatinous, its dolloped on and smoothed over with a pallet knife, pate on one side, mayo on the other, the best combo ever, and loads and loads of coriander.
Kewpie mayonaise! That shit is the bomb!! I would put it on cereal if I could be bothered eating it 🙂