Banh Mi…A Vietnamese Sandwich

Food is like a movie star, one day you have never heard of them and the next day they are famous. Banh Mi is all the rage in many areas of the country right now and people wait in long lines to try the flavorful sandwich. If you haven’t ever heard of Banh Mi…a Vietnamese sandwich, just wait. I’m sure a restaurant or food truck will probably be coming to your area soon that will be serving this wonderful pork sandwich.

Living in a rural area, I don’t have a choice of different ethnic restaurants in which to try many of the cuisines from around the world. In trying to experience the dishes that sound appealing to me, I make them at home. The ingredients for Banh Mi are not hard to find…in fact I had most everything in my pantry and refrigerator.

What I made is not what you would find in Vietnam, but it is a tasty version none the less. Some versions use simmered and sliced pork belly, others use grilled pork or pork cold cuts. There is also a pork meatball version which can be found in many restaurants and that is what I made. Savory meatballs, pickled vegetables and a spicy mayo based sauce turned into a fantastic sandwich.

Banh Mi

Pickled Vegetables…typically carrot and dakon radish but use what is available. I used a carrot, red radishes and a small cucumber for two sandwiches. Julienne or shred the carrot and then slice the radishes and cucumber thinly. In a bowl, whisk together 4 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar, 2 tsp. sugar and 1/2 tsp. of salt. Add the vegetables and toss.

Spicy Sauce…this is a hot chili sauce that is mayo based. I used 1/2 c. mayo and 1 Tbsp. of sriracha. Any hot pepper sauce can be used…the amount depends on how hot you want the sauce to be. This sauce is good on so many sandwiches that I doubled this recipe.

Pork Meatballs…will make about a dozen golf ball size meatballs. You will need 3 or 4 per sandwich depending on the size of the roll or baguette.

  • 1 lb. lean ground pork
  • 1/3 c. diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 c. diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch

Mix all the ingredients together well and form into golf ball size meatballs. Brown well on all sides until cooked through. (Can also be browned and finished in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes).

Bread…The French influenced the cooking in Vietnam and the tradition bread or roll for this sandwich is very similar to a baguette but has a crackling crust because some rice flour is used in the bread. Either use a baguette or roll that has a crisp exterior. Slice and scoop out the center of the bread just leaving a thick crispy shell.

Cilantro…One of the nice flavor components of this sandwich but leave it out if you don’t care for it. You could add a little lettuce if you want.

Assemble the sandwich by spreading some spicy sauce on the inside of the roll. Add some cilantro and pickled vegetables on the bottom and then top with the meatballs. Garnish with a little extra vegetables and cilantro on top if you wish.

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Banh Mi may become my new favorite sandwich. I loved the sweet, sour and spicy flavors present in this sandwich coupled with the juicy meatballs and the crispy bread. This summer, I will grill some pork on the barbecue that will give the sandwich a nice smoky flavor. Perhaps I’ll even add a slice or two of jalapeño peppers from my garden for an extra kick. I think the variations on this sandwich are endless. I hope you will give Bahn Mi a try, either made in your kitchen or having one at a restaurant or from a food truck.

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224 Responses to Banh Mi…A Vietnamese Sandwich

  1. OMG that looks delightful………..I can smell the delicate balance of flavours.

  2. Lea Ann says:

    I’ve had a bahn mi sandwich bookmarked to make suce I saw it in Food And Wine last year. I’ve not made it because I want to try it in a restaurant first. Looks good Karen.

  3. Monique says:

    I have often read and heard of these but never actually had one~Love the little fishy:)

  4. That looks wonderfully tasty and very gourmet. We don’t live in a rural area, but we don’t live in a big city so I feel you’re pain.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Greg, for your nice compliment. Big city life does have its advantages when it comes to food. When people ask what I miss most about not living in a cosmopolitan city anymore, I always say…the wonderful and diverse restaurants that we used to enjoy.

  5. Bonnie says:

    There are several Vietnamese “delis” in Chicago. One was recently featured on “Check Please”, a PBS show where three diners send one another to their favorite restaurants. All report back in a half-hour program. The banh mi caught my attention and I’m happy to have your endorsement and recipe.

    Best,
    Bonnie

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bonnie, Yes…I have heard that Chicago has some good Vietnamese restaurants. Do try a Banh Mi, they are very good. Thank you for your nice comment.

  6. Paulette says:

    Looks wonderful! I’m going to try it. Love the little fishie dipping sauce plate!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paulette, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. This is such a flavorful sandwich…I think you will really enjoy it. It was love at first sight when I spotted the fish dipping sauce plate.

  7. It has been on my mind for a while to make Banh Mi–and now I have the perfect recipe to try. Thanks, Karen.

  8. This is new to me…but I love the sandwich with lots of shredded salad. Delicious!

  9. Zirkie says:

    It sounds delicious – I am definitely going to make it soon!

  10. Your version of this classic sandwich looks so delicious, Karen. The pork meatballs sound wonderful with the crispy fresh veggies. Portland is famous for its food trucks but I will enjoy making this tasty sandwich at home.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, You live in a wonderful foodie city…I have heard about the good food trucks there. I do think you will enjoy the sandwich. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  11. Tessa says:

    What a fabulous sandwich! I really like that spicy mayo. You’re right, it’s good on other sandwiches. It’s also delicious with crab cakes :). Have a great weekend!

  12. God, I could just do with that now. Looks wonderful. Such a good mix of flavours. We do have plenty of Vietnamien food in France – the French were there for a long time – but not in my neck of the woods, more’s the pity.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Roger, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you like the looks of this sandwich. The French definitely influenced the food of Vietnam…the roll they use in this dish being a perfect example.

  13. Lulu says:

    What a timely post as I leave for Vietnam Wednesday. I will keep my eyes open for such a sandwich. If you don’t here from me, you know the reason why.

    • Karen says:

      How exciting Linda, to be traveling to Vietnam. I know that you will have a wonderful time. Think of me when you are eating all the great food. Have a lovely trip and I will enjoy hearing from you when you return.

  14. Karen this looks wonderful! I’ve had the real thing and it looks to me like you totally nailed it. Can’t wait to try it. All the Best, Terri

    • Karen says:

      Hi Terri, Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog and your very nice compliment. I’m glad you like my version of the Banh Mi…it is nice to hear that I got it right.

  15. Great photos, Karen, love the red platter and the sandwich looks so good I could bite the screen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Judy, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and the recipe. I was happy to have found the red serving dish…I love the bright color.

  16. Eva Taylor says:

    Although you make this sound and look incredibly compelling Karen, I am sadly addicted to Pho and simply couldn’t not order it on a visit. But I’m sure I can talk my husband into this tasty sandwich and I’ll just steal a bite or ten!

  17. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing and tell us about the last trend in food ;)

  18. That sounds like a winner…and the bright, colorful photos are a welcome distraction from the overcast day outside!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marie, I would agree with you that this is a winner…the flavor is terrific. The gray and snowy days definitely call for colorful meals. Thank you for your compliment.

  19. We’ve had this craze already, especially in Houston where there is a big Vietnamese community. Here in Denver, we have quite a few Vietnamese places and I live by a huge supermarket for Asian groceries. They have a bakery that churns out their crispy French baguettes and they make these Banh mi in store. They smell SO good. This sandwich has been on my list to make for a good two years now….thanks for the reminder, your Banh mi looks very appetising. I will make one with chicken since we don’t eat pork. Thanks Karen!

    Nazneen

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nazneen, You are so lucky to have a place where you can buy the proper baguettes…they are extra crispy with the rice flour used in them. I’m glad you like my recipe and they will be great made with chicken. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  20. Mad Dog says:

    Your version looks excellent :-)
    Banh Mi seems to be popular in London – I’ve seen it made and sold in some of the street markets.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, I would think with all the wonderful ethnic foods available in London, that Banh Mi would be very popular. You must give it a try sometime. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  21. This really does look quite wonderful, Karen. I’m somewhat surprised I’m completely unfamiliar as we do have a large Vietnamese population in our area, but I think I “go Thai” more than frequent the Vietnamese restaurants. I am obviously missing out! Your comment about food being like a movie star is so right on. I never thought about it quite that way, but it’s the perfect analogy. I can’t help but think of my son-in-law with this sandwich. The guys in my family, in particular, would be crazy for this. Thanks for the introduction!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Debra, for your nice compliment. Do try to go to a Vietnamese restaurant to try this delicious sandwich. In the meantime, I think you and your boys will enjoy this recipe.

  22. Looks wonderful Karen! I have never tried banh mi but I have always heard they are tasty. I guess I’ll just have to make this recipe soon.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Anna, I’m glad you like the recipe. Banh Mi is such a tasty sandwich…I do hope you give it a try. I appreciate your nice compliment.

  23. andy1076 says:

    Wow this looks absolutely delicious! love the cute plates :D

  24. I saw a programme recently about “typical” English food and basically it’s food from all over the world ;) There were two lovely young Vietnamese girls making these sandwiches in a street market and everyone was going mad for them and I was scrabbling around for a pen (which I couldn’t of course find) but now I can come back here for the recipe…wonderful!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya, From what I have seen and read, England does have food markets and restaurants from all over the world. I’m glad you like the Banh Mi…happy to have furnished you with a recipe. I think you and Big Man will enjoy the sandwich.

  25. Sissi says:

    Karen, if you only knew how many times I planned to make this sandwich… and never did… My Vietnamese grocery shop sells these sometimes but frankly they don’t even look half as good as yours! You have also reminded me I bought a Vietnamese cookery book a couple of months ago and hardly cooked from it! As you say, most ingredients are not difficult to find and surprisingly often double for Thai cuisine. I live in a city with lots of ethnic restaurants, but most of them are either expensive or not good, so whenever I start dreaming of a dish with distant origins, the best choice seems to cook at home from good sources. Thank you for the inspiration!
    PS The funny coincidence is that I have just peeled a green papaya to make a Vietnamese papaya salad! If you can ever buy green papaya, I’m sure you would love it (it’s addictive!). (I have posted it some time ago).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, I was thinking of you when I made this dish as I know your love for Asian foods. This is definitely a sandwich that you will enjoy. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  26. I love Banh Mi. Very lucky that I work near the Asian District and Banh Mi sandwiches are best at one place called Lee’s. Of course I always have the liver sandwich but there’s no way I could ever make that here and Jerry would eat it so I’m going to make this one instead. Yuum!!!

  27. Suzanne says:

    Waiting in queues for food?! It sounds like the rationing during the war. I think you are very wise to make your own.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suzanne, Can you imagine standing in line for a sandwich. It is very flavorful but I don’t think I would wait very long when they are so easy to make at home. Thank you for your nice comment.

  28. That looks so interesting….the bread alone is worth a study in baking. And all those flavors coming together (minus the pork : ) ) sounds wonderful.

  29. That looks absolutely delicious my friend, loving it :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  30. Hotly Spiced says:

    These are very popular in Sydney too and they’re usually very reasonably priced. Everyone loves them. They’re great for lunch and I love the combination of French and Vietnamese influences. I hadn’t thought of making my own so thanks for the inspiration xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, It seems that Banh Mi are making their way around the world and I can see why as they are delicious. I’m glad to have inspired you to make them at home…they are super easy.

  31. Karen, I LOVE banh mi! Yours looks like much healthier and very delicious alternative to the ones they sell at our local Vietnamese bakery!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Celia, for your lovely compliment. I was very happy with the way the sandwich came out. It is nice to know that you have a Vietnamese bakery where you can get the proper bread for this sandwich.

  32. This sounds delicious & very different for me. As you mention the ingredients are pretty straightforward & I really like the idea of grilling some pork for it. Great idea.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, I’m glad that you like the Banh Mi recipe. The ingredients are easy to obtain and make a terrific sandwich. Grilling the pork will certainly make for a delicious sandwich. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  33. This sandwich looks very interesting and inviting. Thanks for sharing.

  34. viveka says:

    A Vietnamese Sandwich??? Didn’t even know they had sandwiches. *smile – I would love that meatballs … as pork burgers. I think I will try this out like a burger with the vegetables and sauce.
    Love everything about it … sriracha, can be a problem. Everything else .. not a problem.
    So this will happen soon. Great post again.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Viveka, You are right…you wouldn’t think about sandwiches being a dish from Vietnam but the French influenced so much of the cooking during their time in the country, baguettes being very popular. If you can’t find sriracha, you can use any hot sauce that is available. I’m glad you enjoyed the post…thank you as always for your compliment.

  35. These sound incredible. Although, I’m not buying any ground/minced meat until this ridiculous horsemeat scandal is well and truly over! And there I was just getting into the idea of meatballs. It can wait for a while.
    I also scoop out excess bread leaving mostly the shell as I love those toasted and filled with differing things. Shall try this meatball recipe at some stage. Just not yet.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Johnny, I’m glad you like the recipe. You can always make the sandwich with chicken meatballs…they would be equally good. I’m not crazy about a sandwich that is all bread so I like scooping out the center and leaving a crispy crust. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  36. sprigsofrosemary says:

    You’re right . . . Some foods have their 15 minutes, or more. And then they fade. But I think you’ve done one great p.r. job for the Banh Mi — I know they won’t be in my neighborhood soon, so I thank you for the how-to. I’m ready!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rosemary, I’m glad you liked my analogy about food trends. I can see why Banh Mi is so popular as it is a great tasting sandwich. I’m happy that you want to try the recipe…I hope you enjoy the it as much as I did.

  37. Eha says:

    Unfortunately altho’ your description travelled > me, the photos did not and I am sad to miss out. Your pics are always so appetizing!! As a couple of your Sydney readers have already commented banh mi is very popular in Australia. I have been making it forever and honestly there are so many different ways :) ! Usually I use straight out pork, but must try it with the meatballs when time allows. Methinks Vietnamese is just about the most popular Asian cuisine here at the moment, followed by Thai then Szechuan . . . Geography, as we have agreed before – personally I would cook one of the three + Indian provincial about 70% of the time :) !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, I’m sorry that the gallery of photos didn’t reached you. It is interesting to know what foods are popular in different parts of the world. Thank you so much for letting me know what is happening in the land of Oz. I always appreciate your comments.

  38. Norma Chang says:

    How wonderful that you were able to create the Vietnamese sandwich at home. It looks sinfully delicious and healthy. To get lean ground pork my guess is you nade your own.

  39. Interesting. I have never heard of this!

  40. Hi Karen, this sandwich looks amazing! I will definitely try making it! I love to try creating new things at home too!

    Have you ever tried going into Lowell for ethnic restaurants? There are several Vietnamese restaurants, I think the one on Westford St. is the best one from what I’ve heard. There’s also two good Greek restaurants, my favorite Greek restaurant is the Athenian Corner. For French, I highly recommend La Boniche – amazing! Also, in Chelmsford center, our favorite seafood restaurant is Fishbones, they have an amazing and creative menu and wonderful & hip bar.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  41. Gary Lum says:

    Mmm… Looks delicious Karen :-)

  42. Gosh, Banh Mi really is the rage, isn’t it? Delicious stuff, too. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never made one — but let’s keep that our secret, OK? Otherwise I’ll be thrown out of the foodie club. ;-) Your version looks particularly nice, and I really like your pork meatball recipe — it’s inspired. Although not traditional, kinda pricey, and probably the wrong flavor, I think watercress might make an interesting substitute for the cilantro (don’t get me wrong, I like cilantro, but for some reason the watercress is sounding better to me at the moment). Anyway, exceptionally good stuff — thanks so much.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I’m glad you agree with me about how delicious Banh Mi are. I won’t tell a soul that you haven’t made one even though you should. I like the peppery taste of watercress and I think it would make a nice addition to a sandwich. Thank you as always for your compliment.

  43. Wonderful flavors, Karen! Your sandwich looks scrumptious!

  44. Karen your Banh Mi looks so wonderful – I love the fact that you created such a delicious version at home with ingredients that are readily available!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    P.S.: Hope that my letter arrived safely at your house!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Andrea, Sometimes a recipe requires special ingredients that are hard to find but I had everything to make this sandwich…just had to get rolls. I’ll be on the lookout for your letter, thanks. I hope you are having a lovely weekend as well. Thank you as always for your nice compliment.

  45. Carolyn Chan says:

    One of my favourites and actually still very hard to find in Singapore, where Vietnam is a neighbour !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carolyn, I find it so interesting that it is hard to find Banh Mi in Singapore. I think your city probably has some of the most incredible food in the world.

      • Carolyn Chan says:

        I know, I looove Vietnamese food in general: I find it less sweet and heavy than the more popular Thai food. There are only a handful of Vietnamese restaurants here and Bahn Mi, there is only one (that I know of). It just opened recently, actually and I tried one just on the weekend and it was ok just not great (bread lacked that ‘crunch’ and was really doughy). But yes, agree with you that food-wise, Singapore is pretty great :)

  46. I agree about this mix of flavors. The restaurant where I worked (http://www.vierestaurant.com) taught me that pickles are an important complement for rich foods – such as pork. Add your spice and crispy bread and it sounds perfect.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeannee, Thank you for your nice compliment…I’m glad you like the recipe. I totally agree about pickles bring a great accompaniment to rich foods.

  47. afracooking says:

    Love the fact that you are bringing such exotic foods to you own table!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Afra, I love ethnic food from all over and since it is hard to find in New Hampshire I like to prepare it at home. It keeps meals from becoming boring. Thank you for your nice comment.

  48. That looks really good, Karen! Very creative! Banh Mi is good! Haven’t had one in a while – used to get them a lot when we lived in Toronto; Kitchener-Waterloo is pretty diverse in terms of food, but sometimes the quality is not very good.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ming, I’m glad you approve of my Banh Mi…thank you for your nice compliment. I know what you mean about the quality not being very good when you go out sometimes.

  49. Yours is about the prettiest Banh Mi I’ve seen, Karen! Love the flavors of this sandwich.

  50. rachelocal says:

    Looks yummy! I’m getting some radishes in my CSA box this week–perfect for this sandwich.

  51. ambrosiana says:

    What a colorful and beautiful dish you just prepared!!! I am loving the different textures you used on this recipe!! Your pictures have also improved so much!!!

  52. ChgoJohn says:

    Thank you for this, Karen. I’ve a few Vietnamese restaurants to choose from but usually go just to get a steaming bowl of Pho and maybe a spring roll.You’ve alerted me to great looking sandwich, the ingredients of which make it a tasty one, as well. I’ll probably shock the waitstaff but next time I’m going Banh Mi.

  53. One of my favorite sandwiches here in Nashville…we have food trucks and Vietnamese restaurants that serve this delightfully flavorful sandwich. So far I have not had a bad version of this great dish whether here or while traveling. A great little bite to break someone who thinks they do not like Vietnamese food into the fold. Thanks for the recipe. Stay cozy.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Teresa, It is nice to know that you have good Vietnamese restaurants and food trucks that serve Banh Mi. It is a delicious sandwich that is a good introduction to the wonderful tastes and flavors of food from Vietnam. Happy to give you the recipe. Thank you for your nice comment.

  54. One of my favorite sandwiches too! Yours looks like a lovely combo with the meatballs!

  55. I´ve always been intrigued by this sandwich and your pictures make me hungry! I like the meatball idea, so spicy! Nice recipe Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paula, I’m glad you like the recipe for Banh Mi. It is a terrific tasting sandwich that is so easy to make at home. Thank you for your nice comment.

  56. petit4chocolatier says:

    Karen, this looks superb and I have to send this post to my daughter. She absolutely loves Vietnamese sandwiches. Many of her friends in middle school and high school were from Vietnam and they would bring her their homemade Vietnamese sandwiches and she would give them my homemade cookies! I also have friends from Vietnam and haven’t eaten this sandwich yet. I love it!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Judy, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that I could supply you and your daughter with a recipe for Bahn Mi…I hope you will both enjoy the sandwich.

  57. We LOVE Bahn Mi! The first time I ever tasted it, I couldn’t even believe how delicious it was. It has so many wonderful flavors going on!

  58. Oh-so-delicious, Karen. I love the flavors, the spices, and the finish of the cilantro!

  59. mjskit says:

    I’ve heard to the Banh Mi, but have never had one. I remember watching the Great Foodtruck race a couple of years ago and one of the truck made them. I knew nothing about them except that they were a sandwich. Thanks for this recipe! It looks even better than I thought it would be.

    • Karen says:

      Hi MJ, I know what you mean…I hadn’t heard of them until last year. I do think that you will like the sandwich as the flavor is terrific. I’m glad I could provide you with a recipe. Thank you for your nice comment.

  60. Amy Tong says:

    Banh Mi is definitely my favorite sandwich! Yours look gorgeous and perfect. Great you got your ingredients and make it at home. :)

  61. rsmacaalay says:

    The best example of East meets West, French and Asian fusion. Love this bread!

  62. Looks pretty and sounds really tasty.

  63. Ankit says:

    Looks delicious.
    And your analogy comparing food to movie stars got me thinking how right you are. :)

  64. Oh yum this sandwich looks great! Beautiful colors, looove the pictures!

  65. Misky says:

    I look forward to trying this. A good picnic sandwich that will pick into little boxes for assembly later. Thanks, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Misky, I like your idea for assembling this sandwich at a picnic. Have fun and enjoy the sandwiches. Thank you as always for your nice comment.

  66. Now that we’re back in the DC area we have a plethora of options for banh mi sandwiches, but it’s always good to have a recipe to make one at home. Thanks for sharing Karen!

  67. spree says:

    What a beautiful plated meal Karen! I so appreciate your multi-national culinary appetite and your willingness to create at home what you can’t find out. Beautifully done.

  68. wok with ray says:

    What a beautiful sandwich you got there. I love Bahn Mi and I usually get the shredded pork. I haven’t tried the meatballs version and I bet it is even better. Thank you for sharing this dish that me and my kids are so crazy about. Have a wonderful week, Karen! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ray, Thank you for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you like my meatball version of Banh Mi. I hope you and your kids enjoy the sandwich. Have a great week as well.

  69. This is funny..I picke up a Gourmet Magazine from 2008 and this is one of the recipes I said I would make….great clicks…

  70. Candace says:

    That looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to try one of these. We are lacking in Vietnamese restaurants here in the Upper Valley.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Candace, Living in a rural area does limit the foods that we get to enjoy when dining out. That is why I cook most ethnic dishes at home…where there is a will there is a way. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  71. Michelle says:

    I love banh mi (all varieties—meatball, paté, tofu, you name it!) and your version looks terrific.

  72. Tandy says:

    I am drooling at the thought, the recipe and the photo :)

  73. Authentic or not, this looks freakin’ delicious Karen. I don’t think I’d have any complaints coming from my family at the kitchen table if I made these! I love a flavorful meat ball and cilantro…win win.

  74. Larry says:

    Karen – We plan to be in NH in June, could you send me an email at grandpop1@yahoo.com so I can ask you a few questions.

  75. I am sure this would instantly become a favorite sandwich :-)
    I am copying this recipe to try! Thank you Karen!

  76. that sandwich looks amazing even to this non sandwich lover. my husband would go crazy for it! He is the sandwich king- as he likes to call himself:) LOL!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jessica, for your nice compliment. This is a recipe that you could enjoy without it being made into a sandwich. You could have the meatballs with the sauce on the side and the pickled vegetables served like a salad. Then your husband could have a Banh Mi.

  77. Little Sis says:

    LOL Karen, when I saw the name of your post I thought, “Hey, maybe she’ll tell me what the key elements are to one of these so I could make my equivalent….” And then you did. Thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Little Sis, I’m so happy that I could provide you with the recipe instead of just the key elements. I hope you enjoy your Banh Mi. Thank you for your nice compliment.

      • Little Sis says:

        I really actually appreciate the way you wrote the recipe – with the categories of the flavor profile. I have food allergies and so more often than not have to sub out items when I follow a recipe, and seeing the recipe this way helps me understand how the whole profile works together and guides better substitution choices. Thanks!

      • Karen says:

        I’m glad it was useful in making the recipe work for you.

  78. Simply Life says:

    I had my first vietnamese sandwich during a food tour in NYC last month- it was really good!

  79. musingmar says:

    Such a beautiful looking sandwich! I love the contrast of the brightly coloured vegetables against those delicious looking meatballs. The spicy mayo sounds like the perfect accompaniment. Bravo!

  80. Katerina says:

    Living in Athens, Greece gives me the advantage of choosing among several ethnic restaurants, unfortunately Vietnamese is not one of them. Your sandwich looks absolutely mouthwatering and I am sure it is better than the ones sold in shops. Love it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katerina, It appears that many of us have limited availability in trying cuisines from different parts of the world. I’m glad that you like my recipe for the Banh Mi sandwich. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  81. Looks delicious, I can almost taste it.

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  83. Hi Karen, looks like you’ve made the real deal! it is a marvelous sandwich, all the elements of sweet, sour, salty, bitter (hot!) and umami. we have a few good vietnamese restaurants in nashville, and one food truck in particular that makes one terrific bahn mi. I like a few very thin slices of jalapeno on my mine,too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, I’m glad that you like my version of Banh Mi…I thought it was terrific. I wish we had food trucks in our area. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  84. Diane says:

    We don’t not have ethnic restaurants around us either, this sounds delicious and one I will certainly try. Thanks and take care Diane

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, We are both lucky to live in lovely and rural parts of the world but we are limited when it comes to restaurant choices. I hope you will enjoy the sandwich as much as I did. Thank you for your nice comment and wish.

  85. Hannah says:

    Sweet, sour and spicy is always a hit with me, Karen. Your Banh Mi looks scrumptious! Love the quick pickles veggies, too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hannah, I’m glad you like the flavor combination of the Banh Mi…the sandwich is as tasty as it looks. The quick pickled veggies will be nice with other meals as well. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  86. Rosa Mayland says:

    A mouthwatering sandwich! That is something I really have to make soon as I have one homemade baguette in the freezer… ;-)

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  87. Love Vietnameses…I first had it in Orlando which has a sizeable Vietnamese community!
    For some reason I am not getting your posts on my reader. Miss you and so glad I stopped by today!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Natalia, I don’t know what has been wrong with the reader lately, I have been having the same problem as well. I’m glad you stopped by today and I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. Thank you for your nice comment.

  88. Juliana says:

    I love Vietnamese sandwiches and I like mine with lots of cilantros…
    Hope you are enjoying your week Karen :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Juliana, I have to agree with you about cilantro…it adds a lot of flavor to a Banh Mi. Thank you for your comment and have a lovely week as well.

  89. Ruth says:

    My community is like yours, Karen, very limited on access to [quality] ethnic restaurants…all chains or Americanized. It’s getting better, but still a ways to go. In the meanwhile, I can always visit Emilie up in DC :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruth, Yes…it is very hard to get quality food. It seems like we are being overtaken by chain restaurants. I also agree that most independent ethnic restaurants have been Americanized. Thank goodness that you can visit Emilie in D.C. where there are some very good restaurants.

  90. Hi Karen, oh yes, I remember those! I use to live near one of those Vietnamese deli, and when we moved 10 miles to other part of the city, we use to drive to that place just to buy us a sandwich at least once a week: so good they are! I love how you made pickled vegetables. Definitely great sandwich!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marina, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you like my version of a Banh Mi. I would be like you and drive 10 miles to get this flavorful sandwich. The pickled vegetables are so easy to make and really add to making this a delicious sandwich.

  91. Thanks for introducing me to Banh Mi — I think it could easily become one of my favourites too. This is on my must try list because it combines many of my favourite flavours!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barb, I’m glad to have provided you with the Banh Mi recipe. It is probably one of the most flavorful sandwiches I have ever had. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  92. wow, thats a very huge slab of sandwich….
    btw, i’m curiouse why so many sandwich on vietnamese dish since it’s asian country…

  93. What a gorgeous little sandwich. I know it must be difficult getting some of the ingredients you need when you live rural but you have pulled it off and it looks so much better than any one I have ever seen. I also just adore that little fish plate. Last week we were in Koh Samui Thailand and rented a vehicle now there are not many countries you can say, ” I almost lost control when that restaurant pulled out in front of me… (on their bike)” LOL . This little sandwich is made from one of the cool restaurants on wheels. Take care, BAM

    • Karen says:

      Thank you so much Bam, for your very nice compliment. Coming from someone like yourself who has experienced the sandwich where it originated…I really appreciate that you like my version. I’m especially glad that you survived the rolling restaurant. LOL.

  94. Hi Karen what a wonderful sandwich and great photos accompanying your post too. Have you heard of Rick Stein, he did a series and a book a while back called Far Eastern Oddessey and I remember this street snack with the French Baguettes well!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Claire, for your nice compliment…I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos. I had not heard of Rick Stein but will check out his book.

  95. I’ll put my hand up here-I’m definitely crazy about banh mi too! :D I had a great one in Vietnam, I can still remember the taste and the crunch of the bread!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lorraine, I’m glad you agree with me about how delicious a Banh Mi sandwich is. It must have been extra special to have enjoyed one in Vietnam.

  96. Beth says:

    This looks excellent – a great way to replicate this yummy dish at home.

  97. and that’s pretty colorful indeed! amazingly looking and surely tasting sandwich!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Barbara, for your nice compliment. With your baking skills, I know that you could bake a wonderful crispy bread for this delicious and colorful sandwich.

  98. I’ve never had one of these sandwiches, but see them a lot lately and would like to try it! I love Asian foods and flavors, so I know I’d like them a lot. This look so delicious and colorful!

  99. canalcook says:

    Love Banh Mi. In London it usually comes with a mix of pork and pork pate as well, which is lovely.

  100. Your Banh Mi sandwiches look amazing! They are so good, aren’t they? I love them and have had them from a gourmet food truck before, in fact one featured on the Food Network. I love the picked veggies so much that I’ve made my own at home too! They are just so good!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ducky, Thank you for your lovely compliment. I thought that you might be a Banh Mi lover. I agree with you that the pickled vegetables really make the sandwich special.

  101. yinyin says:

    Thanks so much for this cool post of yours , Karen ^ v ^ feel so happy to know that there are many many friends who love Bánh Mì in all over this big big world!

    Your Bánh mì has a trully beautiful appearance and many yummy ingredients,Karen :), my mouth is watering – love it !

    In Vietnam, my people have so many different versions of fillings for the bánh mì, such as omelet / grilled porks/ chicken/ fish with ketchup/ fried fish bologna/ crunchy roast pork/ meat balls (or we call them “xíu mại”),you may like to add some fresh cucumbers as well as green onion :) / mine favorite filling is soft cheese and suger ,simple but very yummy, hope you may try it someday , Karen ^ – ^

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Yinyin, for your kind words. I’m thrilled that you like my sandwich. That is a real compliment coming from someone who lives in Vietnam. All the versions of Banh Mi that you described sound delicious…I will have to try some of them. Thank you for visiting.

  102. Ali says:

    I love Vietnamese food and love the Banh Mi. They have become very popular in Australia over the past year too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ali, It is nice to know that you enjoy Banh Mi as well. I think they are becoming popular everywhere from what I have heard from my readers.

  103. Hi Karen, this looks delicious, I’ve never tried it. Vietnamese is very much on the menu at my place. Although 2013 is also a Middle Eastern year. ; ) Happy to have found your lovely blog!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoy my blog and the Banh Mi sandwich. I look forward to your return.

  104. cabinet stew says:

    you are so right about how we never heard of something and than it becomes all the rage! Thanks to our “digital global village” these days! This looks like a great version , but since I am in downtown Boston daily – I shall let one of the many area restaurants and/or food trucks do all the heavy lifting for me ;-)

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