This isn’t a traditional Banh Mi, because I made it with beef instead of pork, and didn’t garnish with pate or pickled daikon. I did make pickled cucumber, onion and carrots for a garnish. And I marinated the steak with Asian flavors. I was out of cilantro, so I used fresh basil from the garden instead. Well, I guess I changed almost everything from a traditional Banh Mi, so you could say this is a Banh Mi inspired steak sandwich. Anyway, Yum! Delicious! You will like this a lot!
Marinate steak with the juice of 1 tangerine, (or lemon or lime), 1 tblsp rice vinegar, 1 tblsp fish sauce, 1 tsp fresh grated ginger, 2 minced garlic cloves, ½ tsp red chili paste, fresh ground pepper, 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil. Cover and refrigerate for 2 or more hours.
For the pickled garnish: Slice cucumbers thinly, slice green onions, shred carrots and slice jalapeños. In a saucepan, heat 1 cup white vinegar, ½ cup water, and dissolve 1 tblsp sugar and ½ tsp kosher salt. Add pickling spices, I used ¼ tsp coriander seeds, mustard seeds, dry dill and red pepper flakes. Cover the vegetables with the hot pickling liquid and refrigerate while you do the potato salad.
For the potato salad: Peel and boil 6 or so red potatoes until al dente. Dress with a mixture of ¼ cup mayo, ½ cup greek yogurt, 1 tblsp red wine vinegar, ½ tsp dried dill, ½ tsp dry mustard, 1 small minced garlic clove, sliced green onions, sliced celery,celery salt and pepper.
Grill steak, let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice French Bread and dress both sides with a little mayo. Layer your ingredients, top with fresh torn basil or cilantro, and enjoy your Banh Mi!
(Ok, autocorrect, I get it, you want me to call this a Bank Mi. I get it. No, Your ideas are good. Yeah it’s great that you have opinions about fixing the stuff I write. Thanks autocorrect, thanks for stopping by.)
1. I miss my long hair! 2. It’s too hot! When is it scarf wearing time again? 3. My rainbow skull helmet gives me the power of flight, and the ability to procure bahn mi sandwiches instantaneously. 4. Cats all the time everywhere, ALL THE TIME. 5. Pants - who needs ‘em?
There’s some local debate around who makes the best Vietnamese French sandwiches in town. It’s a subjective issue, but I wholeheartedly cast my vote for Bihn Mihn. Their bakery-fresh bread crust is so crisp it leaves shards of flaky pastry on your lap (I never make it to a table) and the inside of the roll is soft and fluffy. The fillings are fresh and abundant. Three dollars will buy you a good size sandwich.
Yesterday I savored one of these sandwiches with two of my friends and we ate them so fast we barely came up for air. We would look at each other occasionally and roll our eyes. They were that good.
Both locations are located on Portland’s east side.
We only ever eat two meals on weekends–brunch and dinner. I literally cannot remember the last time we had three. So, I’m prepping the beef stew and the husband says, “that smells so good–when are we eating?” I tell him 6. He says, “But what about lunch?” 😑 I do not buy lunch food because we don’t eat lunch on weekends and are never home for lunch on the weekdays. He didn’t like my suggestion of an apple and some cheese and crackers. He kept looking at me like I was going to make lunch. Um, Nooope.
He gave me the saddest look when he went out to pick up a bahn mi sandwich. But, I’m cold and dead inside, so I just laughed at him. 🙄 I guess that’s the problem with crockpot meals when you’re home–the smells make you hungry.