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Bahn Mi: Cold Fusion Works


Bahn Mi

Bahn Mi

Copyright 2009 Kevin D Weeks
Bahn Mi is an example of the fusion of colonial French and traditional Vietnamese cuisines, this is a sandwich that requires dedication. Not to make, but to eat. The Vietnamese like things hot and their chili garlic sauce is certainly that, but in addition sliced jalapeno or serrano peppers are frequently added. The sandwich consists of either chicken or pork (or even shrimp or beef) with pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro, and assorted lettuce greens on a French baguette. (Larger image.) Serves 2.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • *** Sandwich ***
  • 1 8-inch French baguette
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp. chili garlic sauce (available in the Asian food section of most markets)
  • 1 roasted chicken breast (I usually buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocers)
  • 1 cup mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh jalapeno or serrano peppers (optional)
  • *** Pickled Daikon and Carrots ***
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 4-inch daikon radish, peeled and cut into very thin strips
  • 1 4-inch carrot, peeled and cut into very thin strips


1. Combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a bowl and whisk to dissolve sugar.

2.Add daikon and carrot and marinate for 30 minutes.

3. Cut baguette in half horizontally. Spread bottom half with chile garlic sauce, top with remaining ingredients and cut crosswise into 2 sandwiches.

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