Pork Loin Banh Mi

banh mi

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Inactive Time: 30+ minutes

Serving Size: 4 – 6 sandwiches

Podcast Recommendation: Fresh Air interview w/ Jordan Peele about his movie, “Get Out.” We watched the movie in Pittsburgh with some friends and it was excellent on so many levels. Definitely recommend watching the movie and then listening to the interview with Jordan Peele about it!

Ingredients:

For the Pork:

  • 1 pound pork loin, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon diced ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ginger power
  • garlic salt
  • 2-5 dried thai chilis, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • small bunch of cilantro (5-10 stems) but rip leaves off and toss stems
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • zest of 1/4 lime
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

For the Pickled Veggies:

  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cucumber, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (I used this kind.)
  • garlic salt
  • 1tablespoon sugar

For Sandwich:

  • 2 loaves french bread, each loaf cut in half (or thirds)
  • mayo
  • Sriracha
  • thinly sliced jalapeño
  • cilantro leaves

Instructions:

  1. To make the pickled vegetables: In a bowl, toss together the carrots, cucumbers, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Put all ingredients for the pork in a bowl and toss to evenly coat the pork. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and slice bread into halves/thirds and then in half for sandwich assembly.
  4. Once meat is done marinating/you can’t wait any longer to cook it, put a wok/pan on medium heat for 30 seconds.
  5. Put bread in oven to toast.
  6. Since the marinade contains oil, there’s no need to add oil to the wok/pan. Dump entire contents of pork bowl into wok and cook, stirring frequently to get all faces of pork slices exposure to the direct heated metal of the wok/pan. When all surfaces seem cooked (this will take 1-2 minutes), turn off heat. Be sure not to overcook the pork or else it’ll get rubbery.
  7. Take bread out of oven and while meat is cooling, spread mayo on top and bottom sandwich slices bread.
  8. Put cilantro leaves on bottom layer to help prevent pork juices from absorbing into bread too quickly before you can eat it.
  9. Layer pork slices on top of cilantro leaves.
  10. Put sriracha on top of meat.
  11. Put jalapeño slices on top of sriracha.
  12. Put pickled veggie mixture on other half of bread.
  13. Combine and enjoy!
    1. Tip: Dip the bread in the juices that spill out from the pickled veggies and meat!

Recipe adapted from the New York Times.

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