Before Subway sandwiches hit it big, I was the sandwich queen. When I was a kid, I added oil and vinegar to sandwiches way before I ever walked into a real deli. My brother was my number one fan and always asked me to make him a sandwich when he saw I was making one for myself. Nowadays, I’ve turned my back on my bread love affair and stick with boring high fiber or low-carb bread concoctions. But, I always have a secret desire for a big, cold sandy for lunch – especially during the hot summer months.
Sandwiches come in all shapes and sizes, all over the world. In Iran, we love our flat breads and roll up our sandwiches in lavash, sangak or barbari. All flat breads, but of different thicknesses. In New Orleans we have the Po Boy. In France there’s the Croque Monsieur. Cubans have their pressed sandwiches. Italians have their torpedoes. The British have their tea sandwiches. And the Vietnamese have the Banh Mi.
I first had a banh mi last week, when I took my boys out to lunch. We went to a relatively nice place for lunch, nicer than I would usually go to with kids considering they charged $16 for a hamburger. But, I digress. Everyone was hungry and the menu was appetizing, so we went in. I chose to try their Chicken Banh Mi, excited to sample something new and exotic. Overall, the flavor was good, but the sandwich was lacking, in my opinion. I like to stuff my sandwiches with plenty of veggies and flavor. So I knew I had to go recreate my own at home.
The traditional banh mi is served on a baguette, similar to the French version, with pâté, mayonnaise, cilantro and hot peppers. I don’t claim to be a Banh Mi expert. I had to do my research. I am not a pâté fan, so I stuck with chicken and stuffed my Chicken Banh Mi with cabbage, radishes, jalapeños and avocados. A squeeze of lime and a side of some spicy garlic mayonnaise and I was one happy camper.
Whether you grill up some chicken breast or use leftover chicken, you will have a lunch to make everyone jealous!
Feel free to learn more about this delicious sandwich from Vietnam here at Viet World Kitchen, and meet Andrea Nguyen, who wrote a cookbook called, what else, The Banh Mi Handbook. And see what inspires you in the kitchen. And, quite frankly, peace would reign all over the world because we would find common ground in the fact that everyone loves a good sandwich.
And check out my sandwich pinterest board: All Things Wrapped In Bread.
Disclosure: This post does contain Amazon affiliate links.