Almost Banh Mi


Category : main dish · by Apr 1st, 2012

I guess you could call this a banh mi – especially since I got adventurous and made homemade Vietnamese baguettes and carrot quickie pickle! Instead of mayo though I used fruity mango and ginger chutney, and topped the whole thing with a handful of crunchy chopped peanuts.


Yes I forgot to rotate my baguettes – how can you tell?

For the baguettes, I used this recipe from My Food Affair, and I thought they came out pretty good (though I probably could have rolled them a little thinner). I am a collector of various flours and beans so it was nice to actually use one of them – rice flour! – vs just hoarding.

For the pickled carrots, I used the much laughed about carrot massage technique (see banh mi episode of Spilled Milk). I didn’t pickle the cucumber, I kept it fresh.

Almost Banh Mi

Vietnamese baguettes, homemade or storebought, sliced in half and then lengthwise

For pickled carrots
4 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
4 carrots, sliced in half and then in thin strips
1 shallot, thinly sliced

Combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Toss carrots and shallots in the mixture, and massage for several minutes. Cover and let marinate at room temperature a couple of hours.

For the spread
2 tbsp mango ginger chutney (or similar)
2 tbsp olive oil

Mix well.

For the sandwich
Sliced cucumbers
Chopped peanuts
Baby spinach

Spread bread, assemble with goodies, and enjoy.

Of course I couldn’t have made such a tasty sandwich without the help of my adorable kitchen imp – she is very good at measuring, stirring, and keeping up kitchen morale.

I chose this as my best recipe in April :)

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(6) comments

Rhonda
2 years ago · Reply

I recently purchased 25 lbs of carrots, I was looking for a good pickling recipe and BINGO! I’m making sourdough baguettes today…I guess we could have an almost, maybe, kind of, sorta Bahn Mi?

Yesterday was the first time I’ve ever tried any Vietnamese cooking, I made my first Pho…loved it and now I’m on the hunt for even more recipes!

BTW, found you through YBR from Spicie Foodie

    Carrie
    2 years ago · Reply

    Hi Rhonda – that sounds great! Did you make your own sourdough starter? That’s something I’ve been wanting to try (again, haha – I made one once but it didn’t work out so great).

    I just love Vietnamese food, though I haven’t cooked much of it. I want to try more! My best friend is Vietnamese, she makes awesome pho and summer rolls.

    I like your blog! I’ve seen it before, it caught my eye since it’s a similar name to mine. Cute story about the kitchen witch :)

Nancy/SpicieFoodie
2 years ago · Reply

Hi Carrie,

I love your take on Bahn Mi, it looks so good. Plus you baked the bread which I’m sure made it taste even better. Your assistant is adorable. Thanks for being a part of the YBR:)

Carrie
2 years ago · Reply

Thanks Nancy! And thanks for including me!

Yes, she’s a great helper and makes cooking so much fun.

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