Kate's Cuisine

Feb 26 2014

The Banh Mi Sandwich

Cuban Sandwiches

Yesterday I gave you the recipe for Hoagie Rolls, and today I give you a delicious sandwich recipe that is a great way to use those rolls up. Banh Mis are traditional Vietnamese sandwiches, but thankfully with the advancement of television and the Internet, you no longer have to go to Vietnam or search out your local Vietnamese deli to get one. The sandwich is very simple, with just a few pickled vegetables and some type of meat – usually pork. In fact, this recipe is one of my favourite ways to use up any leftover pork roast I might have on hand. And while you don’t have to press this sandwich, I like to. Because for some reason, sandwiches are perfect when they’re tightly-wrapped packages of goodness.

1/4 cup sugar $0.05
1/4 cup white vinegar $0.14
1 large carrot, julienned $0.17
3 – 4 radishes, julienned $0.38
1 red onion, very thinly sliced $0.65
1/2 cup water Free!
Salt $0.01
1 pound or so of leftover cooked pork roast, sliced very thinly $2.42
4 hoagie rolls $0.68
1/2 cup mayonnaise $0.49
1/4 cup yellow mustard $0.33
4 teaspoons soy sauce $0.07
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped $0.17
1/2 cucumber, cut in half then cut lengthwise into thin slices $0.64
Pepper $0.01

Total cost $6.21
Cost per serving $1.55

1.) Start by making the pickled vegetables. Combine the water, sugar, vinegar, and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. While it comes to a boil, place the carrot, red onion, and radishes in a medium-sized bowl and season with salt. When pickling mixture has come to a boil, pour it over the vegetables in the bowl and set aside for 30 minutes to allow it to marinate and pickle. It can also be stored in the refrigerator overnight.

2.) While the vegetable mixture is marinating, reheat the pork slices by either placing them in a hot oven for a few minutes, or giving them a quick sear in a frying pan. When finished warming, set aside.

3.) Start assembling the sandwiches by spreading a bit of mayonnaise on one side of each hoagie roll, and spreading some yellow mustard on the other side. Place a few slices of the pork on one half, and then top with 1 teaspoon soy sauce, a generous pinch of cilantro, one or two slices of cucumber, and about 1/4 cup of the pickled vegetables.

4.) Close sandwiches and one by one, press them if you wish. This can be done with a traditional sandwich press, or by simply placing the sandwiches in a pan and then placing a foil-wrapped brick over top (this is what I did.) When sandwiches are finished being pressed, slice in half.

5.) Serve and enjoy!

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