Sometimes I come across something online and think to myself, "Well, it's about time!" And this is exactly how I felt when I stumbled across a recipe for a simple do-at-home bánh mì sandwich last week featuring ingredients you should be able to track down at your local well-stocked grocery store or Asian food market. Say goodbye to the days of paying for Vietnamese take-out, and hello to economical and delicious do-it-yourself bánh mì.
I was always under the impression that putting together a Vietnamese sandwich the right way would be time-consuming. You'd need to pickle the vegetables, figure out how to emulate those delicious spreads, source the perfect squishy roll.
But Tracy Benjamin of the blog Shutterbean encourages us all to just chill out a little. She demonstrates how to quickly pickle your own daikon and carrots at home, how to grill up your pork, and how to customize the sandwich to suit your own tastes. Don't like mayo? Use a Sriracha-laced Greek yogurt instead! Want to go vegetarian? Tofu is equally delicious.
What could be more of a break from the ho-hum dinner routine than laying out a Vietnamese sandwich bar at home with all the fixings and letting family, friends, guests, neighbors —whomever—build their own while gathering together and catching up? I can't think of a whole lot, really.
Get the Recipe: Bánh Mì Sandwiches | Shutterbean