Yep, MORE BANH MI. I am nuts about banh mi, in case you couldn’t already tell. The above was my first attempt; I went to Paris Sandwich (because I love their Paris Special banh mi best; I totally play favorites!) and picked up cha lua (pork roll), pate, Vietnamese mayo, and pickled carrots/daikon… along with one of their baguettes. Crisp, chewy, just amazing, I daresay this is the bread of my dreams. So I spread a little pate on one side, a little Vietnamese mayo on the other, topped with with the respective toppings and went to town. It was delicious as is – I could spread as much pate as I wanted! – but I realized I was missing two key ingredients!
Cilantro and cucumber! Ok, probably also a dab of Sriracha and some jalapenos, but I can live without those, so I did. (Well, I did put a little Sriracha on my banh mi once, but I didn’t take photos. Oops!)
My sandwich in all its glory!
I don’t know if there’s a reason it’s always a long stick of cucumber, but this makes it a little harder to eat as it tries valiantly to squish out (I don’t know why this doesn’t happen when I buy banh mi; maybe I’m doing it wrong or slicing the cucumber too thick?).
Get in muh belly!!! Okay, this wasn’t a recipe at all, since if you don’t live in NYC or an area populated with a fair number of Asian/Vietnamese people, this may be impossible for you to just pick up the appropriate ingredients. HOWEVER… I was recently alerted to a blog that created many of the components from scratch, and posted about the process for each one! You have to go see… if only to drool at the wonderful photos and the amazing step-by-step tutorial… but maybe you will also try to make this from scratch!!! I am eyeing that pate topped with bacon 😉 Gorgeous!