Banh Mi Sandwiches

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yesterday, my mom and I watched my twin 11 month old nieces.  We had a great time going for a walk to the park where we played on the playground and running all over the house chasing them around in their walkers which we call "zoomers" since they really fly in them now.  Only a short while and these two little ladies will be walking!  

I brought over all the ingredients to make Banh Mi Sandwiches.  I figured it could be a quick and easy dinner.  If you have been reading the blog, you know that I have been craving these.  I made the pork earlier in this week (used it also for the Pork Fried Rice) hoping we would have them for dinner one night.  Our schedule has been pretty crazy and I ended up freezing the meat in the marinade until yesterday.  

I made the sandwiches between chasing the girls, changing diapers and chatting with my sorry for the lack of pictures, I was a little preoccupied. : ) Overall, these were a huge hit!  Packed full of flavor, spicy, sweet, fresh.  LOVE these and I think you will too!!! 

Musical Selection: Anyone Else But You by the Moldy Peaches.  Any idea what this song is from!? 
 Start by mixing up your spicy mayo.  Sriracha, mayo and green onions/scallions.  If you mix this earlier it will allow the flavors to develop.  No worries, you can find the Sriracha sauce at your local grocery store.  It should be by the Asian foods.  
You will also want to "pickle" your onions and carrots ahead of time.  Slice your carrots and onions thinly.  Mix with white sugar and vinegar.  Red onions work very well for this!
 Thinly slice your pork and stir fry in a large pan with olive oil. 
 Cut your hoagies in 1/2 and liberally slather with the mayo...
 Slice or dice your jalapenos.  Mr. Schwartz enjoys a slice where I like a little less heat so I dice mine. 
 Once your meat looks like this...all browned up and can start assembling your sandwiches. 
 Place the pork into the hoagie, top with pickled carrots and onions, diced/sliced jalapenos and finish with a bit of cilantro.  
These little hoagies are just great.  My mom couldn't stop talking about how great they are.  Give them a shot, you won't be disappointed! 
This is how their Auntie feels today. : ) 

Banh Mi Sandwich

3/4 Cup soy sauce
1/4 cup hosin sauce (or stir fry sauce)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 scallions
1/4 teaspoon (or more) red pepper flakes
Juice from 1/2 a lime...a lemon would work as well
a few cracks of black pepper 
2 or 3 cut pork chops

Spicy Mayo
1 cup mayo
1-2 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce (depends on how spicy you want it)
2 green onions/scallions

4 hoagies
1 medium onion--thinly sliced
1 cup carrots--thinly sliced
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vinegar 
1 jalapeno--diced or sliced
2 tablespoons or so of cilantro

Start by marinating the pork.  Thinly slice the pork and put it into the marinade.  The pork should marinate as long as possible...over night is best. 

Mix the ingredients for the mayo.  The green onions/scallions should be thinly sliced and put into the mayo. Put mayo into the refrigerator. 

Pickle the onions and carrots.  Mix 1/4 cup of sugar and vinegar.  Add thinly sliced onion and carrots.  Put into the refrigerator until the pork is finished least 2 hours prior to making the sandwiches. 

When you are ready to eat the sandwiches, cook the pork on medium high in a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil.  

Assemble the sandwiches by cutting the hoagies and slathering with the spicy mayo.  Add the pork, pickled onions/carrots, jalapenos and top with cilantro.  

The spicy mayo is a great dipping sauce for French fries as well : ) 


Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz 

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