Bánh mì (pronounced ban me) is kinda like VietNam's counterpart to the hamburger. Except it's French-Vietnamese fusion food, so you just KNOW it's way way better! Bánh mì is actually the name of the french bagutte the sandwich is on too, as well as the name of the completed sandwich on the bread. A traditional bánh mì can be made with lots of different meats. Our family prefers pork. We've used both pork chops and porkloin. Honestly, we use whatever is on sale. This time Papa brought home pork loin. If you want, you can marinade the meat. For a long time, we thought the marinade was the key to making this sandwich so yummy. But now we've come to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter. Even without the marinade it is good, as long as the meat doesn't get too dry. Here's what Papa pulled out of the fridge this time to marinade the pork. Left to right-rice vinegar, fish sauce, soya sauce, and seseame oil. Really, it doesn't matter. I think he just pulled out the pretty bottles!
Then cause it's a lazy day, he cooked on the indoor electric grill.
Now for the bread. If you're at the Asian market, the baguettes will be there. If not, just grab either a french baguette, or french style sandwich rolls, or... You get the picture, right?
ánh mì . It's a good thing!
ánh mì . If you order this sandwich from a traditional Vietnamese deli, it will come with the jalapeños. I really recommend it. Just a little will give your day a kick in the pants. But since my kiddos were eating these sandwiches, no jalapeños for us. If it were just me, they would have been in there.
Slice and eat. Mmmmmmmmmm! All my kiddos eat this. It's not spicy, (unless you opt for the yummy jalapeños) and the flavors are pretty "normal" for you non-adventurous eaters.
ánh mì, that's not a good thing, but maybe worth it for the lazy me today who lives in the here and now and damned be the consequences. (I'm gonna regret that.)
bánh mì or french sandwich rolls
pork, grilled and sliced
marinated carrots and dicon, julienned