Usually made with pulled pork or shredded chicken, the banh mi is a fresh and bright sandwich, filled with coriander and spices — making it the perfect summer sandwich. Try this veganised take on the Vietnamese classic to enjoy for a snack or meal.
The Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich is a fresh crusted baguette smeared with chicken liver pate, crunchy fresh vegetables and juicy chicken or pork, marinated in a spicy chilli paste before being flame grilled. Similar in appearance to the famous submarine sandwiches of America, the banh mi varies in flavour because of its usage of fresh ingredients which give it a bright flavour. The sandwich is perfect to eat on-the-go, making it a delicious lunch or dinner option when you don’t want to savour a sit-down meal.
The fusion of meats and vegetables and the usage of the baguette have been incorporated as key features of the sandwich, due to its French influences that continue to inspire its unique combination of crunchy textures and spicy, savoury flavours. What started off as being a luxurious sandwich, has since evolved into becoming a staple amongst the Vietnamese, with corner shops along the streets selling these by the dozen. The pulled jackfruit, a plant-based take on the classic, is perfect to make for those who wish to try a different version – especially for vegetarians or vegans, who don’t want to miss out on the experience of a great sandwich.
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