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Roasted Pork Banh Mi

Make these sandwiches for this weekend!

This outrageously delicious Vietnamese sandwich contains succulent roast pork shoulder, pork pâté, and homemade pickles! | spachethespatula.com #recipeYou can make the pickles and meat today or tomorrow, and enjoy these on Saturday or Sunday. You could make a little picnic lunch (maybe an indoor picnic lunch for those of you getting pounded by snow!).

Banh mi are definitely one of my very favorite sandwiches. (And yes, I had to look up the plural of banh mi because I always assumed it was banh miS, but it turns out it’s just the same as singular…like deer or moose, hah!) Basically all they are is a Vietnamese sandwich served on an airy, sweet baguette. You can fill it with whatever, but most contain meat or tofu, pickled veggies, cilantro, and jalapeño.

This outrageously delicious Vietnamese sandwich contains succulent roast pork shoulder, pork pâté, and homemade pickles! | spachethespatula.com #recipe This outrageously delicious Vietnamese sandwich contains succulent roast pork shoulder, pork pâté, and homemade pickles! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThis particular banh mi is filled with the most amazing roasted pork shoulder. I mean, it is seriously delicious. If you don’t make these sandwiches, at least make this pork!

It’s soaked overnight in a mixture of salt, sugar, jalapeño, garlic and lots of water. This (coupled with a low and slow cook) makes the meat fall-apart tender. A 6-hour roast at only 250 degrees, with basting every hour, makes this outrageously succulent.

This outrageously delicious Vietnamese sandwich contains succulent roast pork shoulder, pork pâté, and homemade pickles! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThe roasted pork is not the only porky component to these sandwiches, though. There’s also pork pâté, which is a pretty common ingredient on Vietnamese sandwiches. It just adds another layer of flavor and texture that I think makes everything even better!

There are three different pickles on this sandwich: pickled carrots, pickled daikon, and quick-pickled cucumbers.

This outrageously delicious Vietnamese sandwich contains succulent roast pork shoulder, pork pâté, and homemade pickles! | spachethespatula.com #recipeAll are super easy to make, but it’s important to make the carrots and daikon at least a day ahead of time for the best flavor. The cucumbers only needs 10 minutes to sit and they’re good-to-go!

In the recipe, I specify that Kewpie mayo is the best choice for this. If you’re not familiar with Kewpie, it’s a Japanese mayonnaise that is made with rice vinegar as opposed to white vinegar. It’s smoother, creamier, and comes in a weird bag, haha. It’s verging on life-changing. You can get it at Asian grocery stores, specialty stores, or just on Amazon!

Oh, and if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, you can totally skip the jalapeños and sriracha (I make Mikey’s without both because he really dislikes anything remotely spicy)!

This outrageously delicious Vietnamese sandwich contains succulent roast pork shoulder, pork pâté, and homemade pickles! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

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Roasted Pork Banh Mi

Ingredients:

for the daikon and carrot pickles (make at least 1 to 2 days ahead of time!):

  • 4 small carrots, peeled
  • 1 large daikon radish, peeled
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp kosher salt

for the pork:

  • 1 large jalapeño, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • lots of freshly-ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 cups simmering water
  • 3-4 lb pork shoulder

for quick cucumber pickles:

  • 1 kirby (mini) cucumber, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar

for the banh mi:

  • Vietnamese baguette, or other sweet, airy baguette (I get mine from a local Vietnamese restaurant)
  • Mayo (preferably Kewpie mayonnaise)
  • pork pâté (Pâté de Campagne)
  • fresh cilantro
  • sliced jalapeños
  • sriracha

 

Directions:

for the daikon and carrot pickles (make at least 1 to 2 days ahead of time!):

  1. Slice the carrots and daikon into 3-inch segments, and then matchstick them using a mandoline (or carefully with a knife). Place the carrots in one container, and the daikon in another.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt until dissolved. Poor half into the carrots, and half into the daikon. Cover and refrigerate for 1-3 days before eating (they can be kept for a month in the fridge).

for the pork:

  1. In a 6-quart airtight container, mix together 2 cups of the simmering water (take the rest off the heat) with the sugar, salt, pepper, garlic, and jalapeños until the sugar and salt is dissolved. Place the meat in the bowl and top with the remaining water. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  2. Remove meat from fridge and drain. Place in a roasting pan. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  3. Cook the meat for 6 hours, basting every hour. Remove the meat from the oven and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Pull the meat part with 2 forks. Serve immediately, of store in a tupperware in the fridge.

for quick cucumber pickles:

  1. Toss the cucumber spears with the salt and sugar and allow to site for 10 minutes before serving.

for the banh mi:

  1. Toast the bread in the oven for a bit, until the outside is cracky. Split in half with a knife.
  2. Squeeze the mayo onto both sides of the bread, then slice or crumble the pork pâté onto the bottom half of the bread. Add pork shoulder on top of that, followed by the cilantro pickles, jalapeños and sriracha.

pickle recipes from Momofuku

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17 Responses to “Roasted Pork Banh Mi”

  1. Mariana @The Candid Kitchen — February 19, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I never had Banh Mi but am dying to try it. It always seemed like a lot of work, but glad to know the pork is not that hard to make x

    • Rachael replied: — February 19th, 2015 @ 10:27 am

      Oh gosh no they are seriously so easy! And you can put anything you want in them! If you make up the pickles, you can experiment with different fillings for a good month :)!

  2. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven — February 19, 2015 at 5:05 am

    This is my dream sandwich right here. I am DYING over how fall-apart tender that pork looks!

    • Rachael replied: — February 19th, 2015 @ 10:27 am

      Ahh thank you, Sarah! It seriously is almost *too* good, haha!

  3. Becky — February 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    OMG I love Banh Mi!! Amazing job executing at home…. Yum!!

    • Rachael replied: — February 19th, 2015 @ 10:27 am

      Thank you so much, Becky!

  4. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext — February 20, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I absolutely adore banh mi! Love the flavours! Looks delicious, Rachael! 😀

    • Rachael replied: — February 20th, 2015 @ 10:54 am

      Thank you so much, Jessica!

  5. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — February 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    WOW!!! That pork looks over-the-top amazingly delicious! Pair it with all the banh mi flavors & that sandwich looks to die for. Pretty sure the hubs will marry me all over again if I make him this! 

    • Rachael replied: — February 20th, 2015 @ 4:34 pm

      Haha! Aw thank you so much, Senika!

  6. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — February 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    What a colorful and delicious looking sandwich!

    • Rachael replied: — February 20th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

      Thanks, Medha!

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  8. May — March 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    My pork is cooking now but I don’t have a lot of juices coming off the meat. What are you supposed to baste with? I used beef broth but I’m wondering if I did anything wrong. Thanks!

    • Rachael replied: — March 1st, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

      You should just be able to baste with the juices the meat is producing. Did your piece of meat have visible fat on it?

  9. Lauren — June 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    This looks amazing! How would you reheat the pork without drying it out? I would like to bring these to a bbq potluck and would not have enough time to make them the day of.

    • Rachael replied: — July 1st, 2016 @ 11:14 am

      Hey Lauren! You can heat it up in the oven on 250, in a skillet (it will get kinda crispy), or even in the microwave.

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