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Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich

Banh Mi Sandwich
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Yield:
Serves 2

Prep Time:
30 Minutes

Cooking Time:
1 Hour

Ingredients:

For the pork:

  • 1 pound Ontario pork belly, sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) dark soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) brown sugar
  • 2 bird’s eye chilies, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) neutral cooking oil

For the carrot-daikon slaw:

  • Thinly-sliced carrot, about 1 cup (250 ml)
  • Thinly-sliced daikon radish, about 1 cup (250 ml)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
  • 1/2 (125 ml) cup sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt

For the sandwich:

  • 2 personal-sized Vietnamese baguettes
  • 1/2 a cucumber, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch mint (Vietnamese mint is great if you can find it), chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced in rounds
  • 4 Tbsp (60 ml) mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) chili sauce (Sriracha or similar)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a glass container, mix all the ingredients listed under “for the pork” above (other than the pork). Add the pork and let chill and marinate overnight, or at least 2 hours (in a pinch).
  2. In a small saucepan, mix all the ingredients listed under “for the carrot-daikon slaw” above other than the vegetables, and bring to gentle boil. Stir until sugar dissolves. Place your carrot and daikon into a glass container. Let liquid cool and pour over the vegetables. Chill overnight, or for at least 1 hour.
  3. When you’re ready to cook the pork, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Remove pork from refrigerator and pat off excess liquid with a paper towel, focusing on the skin. If leaving skin on (optional), use a small knife to make small cuts all over the skin to help with texture and easy slicing.
  5. Roast pork for 45 minutes at 400 degrees F, skin-side up. Add a little water to the dish to prevent burning.
  6. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F. Slice pork in smaller pieces, toss gently, and place back in the oven to continue roasting for another 15 minutes, or until tender. Optional: if you are keeping the skin on, you can also broil the pork at 500 degrees F for another few minutes at the end.
  7. Lightly toast your baguettes. Slice length-wise, keeping just enough to prevent bread from separately fully.
  8. Spread mayonnaise and Sriracha on both halves.
  9. Toss herbs with pork, jalapeño peppers, and a tiny bit of salt, sugar and pepper to taste. 
  10. Fill sandwich with cucumber at the bottom, herb and pork mixture in the middle, and top with the carrot-daikon slaw. Enjoy!

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