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« on: November 11, 2009 03:43:37 PM »

I am totally obsessed with these things, but there isn't a place in my town that makes them. So I made my own. Perfect for packed lunches, but for real I could eat one of these for any meal of the day. If you like sandwiches or salads, I definitely suggest you try this out.


1 Bunch of Fresh Cilantro
3-4 Carrots, thinly sliced or shredded
1 Whole Cucumber, thinly sliced and quartered
1/2 Cup White Onion, thinly sliced or chopped
1 Jalapeno, thinly sliced and quartered
1 Cup White Vinegar
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Package Firm Tofu
Vegan Mayo
Hoisin Sauce
Sriracha/Rooster Sauce
Soy Sauce
Sesame Oil
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Garlic Powder
3-5 Demi Baguettes (You can make them but I just bought mine. I highly suggest you go to an actual bakery and skip the grocery store's mediocrity.)

First, before you do anything, mix the sugar and vinegar in a bowl with like a cup and a half of water and soak the cut carrots. They need to soak for about 45 minutes.
Cut up your pepper, cilantro, cucumber and onion and toss it in a bowl as you would greens for a salad. I added a little bit of soy sauce to this and put it aside.
Mix a little (or a lot) of Hoisin in with your "mayo" and add a little Sriracha for zazz and set aside. There are no measurements for this because it's better to suit your own taste with this than to follow a recipe. You want a spicy sandwich, add a lot of Sriracha. You want a more savory sandwich, add a lot of Hoisin. Whatever.

Dogs are not very helpful in the kitchen because they have no thumbs and have a hard time controlling their appetites. But they are good for vacuuming up any tofu you drop on the floor.

Time to fry your tofu. I like it scrambled, so to speak, and just cubed mine and mixed it all up in the pan, like so. But if you're heavy into tofu you can do slabs and fry those. Also, you only need a little bit of sesame oil (or olive oil or whatever, your prerogative) and can call it a day, but I also added soy sauce, sesame seeds and garlic powder to the pan as well for flavor.

After your tofu has been browned it is time for sandwich construction. You can see the tofu, "mayo" mixture and veggies here all ready to hop into this sandwich and then into my belly. All of this made 4 sandwiches perfectly with about a cup of the veggies left over. Also, I added some soy sauce directly onto the bread for more zazz.

And ta~da! You have a totally amazing delicious Vietnamese Sandwich! Prep time for me was about 30-45 minutes, so this is something perfect to make when you're pinched for time but need to impress your friends with your worldly and adventurous culinary skills.

Does anyone know of any/have any ideas for variations or additions? I know most restaurants will add Daikon radish but I couldn't find any/don't really care, but I'm curious about what else could be good in this. Let me know if you try it and like it!

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2009 05:25:49 PM »

that looks so good Smiley such a shame that your town doesn't have any D: i usually head down to chinatown (with a couple of vietnamese joints thrown in as well) to grab one - but maybe it's time to try my hand at making my own. Thanks for the clear instructions!

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2009 06:37:33 PM »

That looks seriously delicious.  I don't  know of anything else to add, but it does look a lot like what I get at restaurants around here.
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2009 08:05:00 PM »

Thanks for the recipe! We grow daikon radishes so I'll definitely be adding them when I try it. I can also think of a number of dishes where soaking carrots like that would yield stunning results!

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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2009 08:53:40 PM »

The favorite sandwich shop in high school would also have jalepeno peppers, but I always took them off anyway  Roll Eyes

Thanks for this post! I'd forgotten how much I miss those.
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2009 09:06:08 PM »

i will have to agree and say that that looks delicious. the ingredients i can think of though would make it no longer vegan. I personally do not like tofu. I don't think of it as a meat replacement, I just have a thing with food textures that i am picky about and tofu does not play nice with it. I would use a bit of chicken, personally with maybe a bit of cheese.

In order to stick with the vegan diet though, would tomatoes go along with it? I have not tried the spices you mentioned before.
maybe some mushrooms?

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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2009 02:40:05 PM »

Looks delicious & well worth the effort!



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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2009 10:41:22 PM »

Lawsy mercy I have been trying to scratch a banh mi itch for a month! I've had two in town and the vegetarian ones have been disappointing.

A place I grew up near had curry mock duck (seitan) in theirs. om nom nom. I second the suggestion for sliced jalapenos (just seed them if that's too spicy). If you can't find daikon, another kind of radish might work, too.

And if anyone else is interested in making their own Vietnamese-style baguettes, this recipe looks good though I have yet to try it myself: http://vietworldkitchen.typepad.com/blog/2007/05/vietnamese_bagu.html
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2009 03:44:05 AM »

I doubt it's authentic, but I'd love some fresh sliced tomato in there, and maybe some mushrooms.

Sounds yummy!
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2009 07:20:34 PM »

Damn that's good. I have a place called Lee's Sandwiches I go to to get my fix but hell, if I can do it at home it's all the better. This looks delish.

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