Many Westerners are interested in learning how to make cach lam bahn mi after falling in love with the dish while traveling through southern Asia. The popular Vietnamese sandwich cach lam banh mi is a classic example of Asian street food that is served in local eateries and shops in urban areas throughout the country. Consisting of a variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables served on a Vietnamese baguette, cach lam bahn mi can be made nearly anywhere using local ingredients.
In order to make cach lam bahn mi, you will need:
- Vegetable oil
- Shredded carrots
- Shredded radishes
- Minced onion
- Ground pork
- Asian pork seasoning mix
- Salami (preferably Vietnamese)
- Sliced cucumber
- Asian hot sauce (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- Begin by making the slaw for your cach lam banh mi. Get things started by combining 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup vinegar in a saucepan and heat the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool, then toss in one cup of shredded carrots and radishes. Mix all ingredients until the veggies are coated and marinate the slaw in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Next, prepare cach lam banh mi seasoned pork. Seasoned pork is the key to making great cach lam banh mi. While your slaw is marinating, begin seasoning your pork by heating one teaspoon of vegetable oil in a small skillet, then saute one tablespoon of minced onion. Once the onion is translucent, add 1/2 pound of ground pork and a pack of seasoning mix. Any pork seasoning mix will do, but the best seasoning is the roast pork seasoning available in most Asian markets is the most authentic. Stir the pork for about five minutes until it is completely cooked.
Finally, assemble your cach lam banh mi sandwiches. Now for the fun part. Slice open enough baguettes for four servings and place them in the oven until they are just barely toasted. Apply the seasoned pork to the toasted baguette while the bread is still warm, then pile on the other sandwich ingredients, including mayonnaise, salami, bologna, diced cucumbers and cilantro. Serve the sandwich with the slaw on the side and a bottle of Asian hot sauce for your diners to apply to their cach lam banh mi on their own.
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