Grilled Pork Banh Mi

If you're in the mood for something exotic, why not try making banh mi at home? This Vietnamese dish consists of a grilled Lemongrass pork sandwich served on a baguette. This grilled pork banh mi recipe is easy to make because most of the ingredients you probably already have at home. 

What is a pork banh mi?

A Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich, and it is delicious. This popular food comes from each fusion during the era of French Colonialism in Vietnam. Marinated meats with crispy vegetables are served on a French baguette. The most common of the meats to be used in these scrumptious sandwiches are, you guessed it, pork.

Pork is marinated and grilled, vegetables are quick pickled, and flavorful mayos are all served on a warm French baguette, it’s basically what dreams are made out of. 

INGREDIENTS OF GRILLED PORK BANH MI

  • (1lbs) Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded (about 2 carrots)
  • 1 english cucumber, sliced thin
  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce 
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 large loaf french bread

INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRILLED PORK BANH MI

  1. To make the marinade for the pork tenderloin, simply add 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon sriracha, and ½ tsp garlic powder to a large bowl or sealable bag. Then mix together until everything is combined before adding your pork tenderloin into the mixture. Marinate for at least one hour or for best results let it sit overnight!

  2. To make the Quick Pickled Vegetables: In a large bowl, mix 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, and 2 teaspoons brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add shredded carrots and sliced cucumbers to coat fully in the mixture. If you're making these ahead of time, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Otherwise, keep the bowl on the counter. Stir occasionally as you prepare the rest of the meal.

  3. Before we move on to the 2 delicious Mayo's, let's divide the mayo evenly between two small bowls. Afterwards, add sriracha to one bowl and lime juice with a dash of garlic powder into the other. Make sure to mix each bowl until you have a smooth sauce! Place in the fridge until it's time to use them.

  4. Before you begin, turn your grill to high. Take the pork out of the marinade and let any excess drip off. Then, put it over direct heat and leave it for 4 minutes before rotating the pork tenderloin. Grill for 4 more minutes then rotate once again before grilling 3-4 more minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145º F in the thickest part of the cut. Once that's done, take it off the grill and cover with tin foil for 3 minutes so it can rest.

  5. Allow the pork to rest, then slice the French bread loaf in half lengthwise. Turn the grill to low and place the bread on the grill cut side down; grill for 1-2 minutes until it is warm and slightly toasted.

  6. Slice the grilled pork tenderloin thinly, cutting against the grain. The pork should be slightly pink in the center when it is cooked properly.

  7. To make the sandwich, start by adding cilantro to the bread. Top with pickled vegetables (drained), then sliced pork. Close the sandwich and cut it into 4 pieces with a serrated knife.

  8. Serve a sandwich with the sweet and spicy mayo's allowing each person to choose the sriracha or lime mayo to spread on the top piece of bread.

Trying something new can be delicious and fun! This banh mi recipe is a great way to change up your usual sandwich routine. And the best part is that it's easy to make with ingredients that you can find at any store. If you're looking for more easy recipes like this one, give us a call. We would love to chat with you about food and cooking!

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