Bánh Mì

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Bánh Mì, a classic Vietnamese sandwich, has attracted enormous popularity here in America in recent years. There are a countless number of variations to its filling, from pâtés to cold cuts, but we chose one that appeals to our desire for kitchen creativity! The cool, tangy/crunchy salad marries beautifully with hot and spicy pork meatballs flavored with fresh cilantro.

Bánh Mì

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Published: 03/14/2012



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili sauce, optional
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil or vegetable oil


  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 1 medium daikon radish, grated
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 scallions, finely chopped; use both green and white parts
  • six 7" to 8" crusty torpedo-style (long) rolls*
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • *See suggestions in tips, below.

Tips from our bakers


1) To make the meatballs: Combine the pork, cilantro, garlic, chili sauce, cornstarch, salt, and pepper.

2) Form the mixture into 1" meatballs — a teaspoon cookie scoop works well here.

3) Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the meatballs for 15 minutes, until browned and cooked through, turning so they brown evenly. Remove the meatballs from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes.

4) Combine all the salad ingredients; set them aside.

5) Combine the mayonnaise and chopped scallions in a small bowl.

6) For the sandwiches: Cut the bread in half horizontally. Spread the bottom halves with the mayonnaise mixture, then top with the meatballs, salad, jalapeño, and cilantro.

7) Serve immediately. A glass of sweet Vietnamese-style iced coffee is a great (and traditional) accompaniment.

Yield: 6 sandwiches.


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