Banh Mi 2
Asian, Food, Vegan, Vegetarian

Banh Mi–Vietnamese Sandwich

I love Vietnamese sandwiches.  In Hawaii, I would stop at Balle at least twice a week for the tofu version of this sandwich.

They are the most perfect combination of flavors–crunchy chewy french bread, sweet and pickled carrots and daikon, savory and salty chicken or tofu, flavorful cilantro, and the best sauce of all…spicy Siraacha sauce.

I had planned, someday, to make my own pickled daikon and carrot but just haven’t had the time.  So, I was super surprised and happy when I found it already made at the Asian grocery store. They also had deep-fried tofu which is pretty essential to the sandwich.

This isn’t really a recipe but assembly instructions for the best sandwich you may ever eat.  (Ha ha, I just realized the photos are the chicken banh mi and the recipe is the tofu banh mi….I might have to post the chicken banh mi recipe with tofu photos soon.)

A couple of key points:

1) You need to be sure you have an Asian grocery store around to buy the special sauces.  Some progressive grocery stores may have them but not here in Southwest Florida.

2) Start with a good bread.  I like a nice crusty french bread and with a soft center.  If you are one of those odd humans who like croissants, you might like that as your bread.

3) You need Siraacha sauce and a hoisin sauce.  I think most grocery stores carry these, usually on their limited Asian food sections.

4) My favorite version is with the deep fried tofu, but these can be made with chicken, other meats, and even just an avocado.  They are all good!

This is less of a recipe, more of assembly instructions….I hope you enjoy them!

I am going to make them for dinner tonight again!

Banh Mi-Vietnamese Sandwich
  • 1 loaf of fresh and crusty french bread
Prepare Tofu
  • 1 block of deep-fried tofu
  • 2 tablespoon vietnamese fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 10 sprigs of cilantro
  • ½ cup pickeled daikon and carrot
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Sirracha Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Prepare Tofu
  1. ) Slice the tofu into ⅛ inch slices.
  2. ) Heat oil in a frying pan to low-medium.
  3. ) Place the slices in the pan and let them heat up a bit. Pour the soy sauce and fish sauce on top and let simmer a bit.
  4. ) The goal here is just to heat up the tofu and add a little flavor. Once you feel that it has been warmed up, turn off the heat and set aside.
Sandwich Assembly
  1. ) Cut bread into 4-6 inch pieces and slice down the middle.
  2. ) Layer on your ingredients; the tofu, pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro. If you have ripe avocado, add that too.
  3. ) Serve with the hoisin and Sirracha sauce. Each person can add the sauce to taste.
  4. ) Enjoy of breakfast, lunch and dinner!