If I understand this right, Bahn Mi, means bread in Vietnamese, but it is now widely known as a pork sandwich with pickled vegetables and fresh herbs. There are many variations and can be found in big cities and Vietnamese restaurants, none of which are close to my house. So I needed to give it a try on my own and here is what I came up with. I of course did not have the wonderful crispy baguettes from a Vietnamese bakery so I had to do with what Publix was selling. Still they came out delicious and my family loved them, the combination of spicy, sweet, and savory is all here on one easy sandwich. Wake up your taste buds and give this a try, I will warn you though they can be addictive.
1.5 lbs ground pork or pork and beef mix
2 T soy sauce
1 t sriracha sauce ( use hot sauce if this is unavailable)
1 t dried cilantro (or 2T fresh chopped)
1T fresh lime juice
3/4 c Panko Bread Crumbs
Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, wet hands and roll into balls, I used about 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture per meatball so that it would fit onto my buns.
Cook for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.
Pickled Vegetable Topping
1 c shredded carrot (or matchstick carrots)
1 cucumber sliced lengthwise with a vegetable peeler (or shredded)
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
2 jalapenos sliced thinly
1/4 t salt
3 T vinegar
Mix all ingredients together in a med sized bowl
Place Meatballs on roll or baguette, top with pickled vegetable mixture and top with fresh chopped cilantro and basil. If you want more heat mix 2 T mayo with 1 t sriracha sauce and spread on roll before serving.