Lucky you! April Fool’s Day isn’t until tomorrow, so we will not prank you. After all, we wouldn’t want to be one of those awkwardly early pranksters… Yeah.
This completely serious blog post was inspired by MEE. Bun Mee, that is. Opening Friday in San Francisco, this Vietnamese street food restaurant is stirring up a lot of buzz from popular sources like Thrillist and Daily Candy. With nine banh mi variations in the works, what’s not to be excited about? In case you want to try making your own, Parties That Cook has your recipe for delicious Banh Mi Sandwiches, complete with tangy Pickled Vegetables and the spicy kick of Hot Chili Mayo!
2 cups Carrots (about 1 ½ large carrots), peeled and coarsely grated
2 cups Daikon (Japanese white radish – about half a large radish), peeled and coarsely grated
¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
Hot Chili Mayo:
1 cup mayonnaise
2 whole green onions, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Sriracha
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 pounds ground pork
½ cup finely chopped fresh basil
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 green onions, finely chopped
2 Tablespoon fish sauce
2 Tablespoon Sriracha
2 Tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon canola oil
Red jalapeño slices for garnish
1 bunch fresh cilantro sprigs
1 bunch mint
Prepare Vegetables: Place the carrots, daikon, rice vinegar, sugar and salt into a small bowl and let sit for ½ hour up to 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
Make Mayo: Stir mayo, green onions, Sriracha and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Make Meatballs: Preheat oven to 300°F. In a large bowl, gently mix pork, basil, garlic, green onions, fish sauce, Sriracha, sugar, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Using moistened hands or a small scoop, roll meat mixture into 1 ½-inch meatballs. Arrange on baking sheet.
Cook Meatballs: Heat sesame oil and canola oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the meatballs. Sear meatballs until brown all over. Lower the heat if browning too quickly, about 5 minutes. Transfer meatballs to another sheet pan. Repeat with remaining meatballs. Then place into oven to finish cooking for 7-8 minutes, until cooked through.
Assemble Sandwiches: Cut each baguette into 8 mini baguettes. Then cut each mini baguette 2/3rd the way through (leaving one side attached). Pull out enough bread from each mini baguette to leave 1/4-inch-thick shell. Spread hot chili mayo over each bread shell. Cut a meatball in half and place in a mini baguette. In the middle of the meatball, place cilantro and mint, pickled carrot and Daikon, and finish with a sprig of cilantro. Arrange red jalapeños on top. Secure with a toothpick.
Serve: Garnish tray by making sure the cilantro and vegetables are poking out showing off all of the beautiful colors.
Makes 24 Mini Sandwiches
Recipe adapted by Parties That Cook®
For other Vietnamese food options, Thrillist has rolled out a Bay Area Banh Mi Map. You should also check out Kitchen Side Car and Little Knock – the forces behind tonight’s Rice Paper Scissors, a Saigon-style pop-up open from 6pm until they’re sold out! Follow @kitchensidecar and @littleknock for the exact location.