Saturday, February 09, 2008

Banh Mi Xa Xiu (Vietnamese Barbecued Pork Sandwich)

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So now that you've got my recipe for Char Siu/Xa Xiu (Chinese/Vietnamese Barbecued Pork), it's simple enough to put together a recipe for banh mi xa xiu (Vietnamese barbecued pork sandwich). Again, this is more an assembly list of instructions than a recipe.

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Banh Mi Xa Xiu (Vietnamese Barbecued Pork Sandwich)

You'll need:
French bread or Ciabatta-ish No-Knead Bread
Char Siu/Xa Xiu (Chinese/Vietnamese Barbecued Pork)
Do Chua (Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon)
Cucumbers, julienned
Pate (Faux Gras with Chicken Livers)
A few dashes of Maggi Seasoning Sauce or soy sauce
A schmear of mayonnaise or butter if you wish

Assemble all the ingredients, except pickles, cucumbers, and cilantro.

Put in the toaster oven for about 5 minutes.

Add in greens and pickles. So yummy that this works even on ciabatta-ish no-knead bread and grated carrots with a light rice vinegar vinaigrette.

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Remember when I said I had a banh mi series of posts? This is just the second recipe to whet your appetite. :)

My other Vietnamese sandwich recipes:  
Banh Mi Hot Ga Op La (Vietnamese French Bread with Sunnyside-Up Eggs)  
Banh Mi Thit Heo Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sandwich)
Banh Mi Thit Kho Trung (Vietnamese Braised Pork and Egg Sandwich)  
Banh Mi Xiu Mai (Vietnamese Meatball Sandwich)



  1. oh i adore banh mi. even with my braces, i still attempt at eating it. one of these days i'm going to break a bracket and my orthodontist will only see bread crumbs.

  2. Gosh this looks delicious. I'm so sad to say that I've never had a banh mi before; but it looks like thanks to your blog, I can try to rememdy that myself! :)

    Thanks so much for your lovely thoughts on my blog!

  3. I was just saying (i.e. complaining) the other day that I need to find a good bahn mi place in Vancouver. But, now that you've provided all the recipes ... I guess I just need to buckle down and make it myself :-)

  4. ohhhhh my gawd...

    falls off chair in starvation...

  5. oh geez,I have Banh Mi at least 4 days a week in the morning for breakfast, if not its a breakfast burrito. You know, I used your Xiu mai recipe at least twice a month which turns out to be my breakfast.

  6. Lan,
    I ate so much junk when I had braces. My orthodontist had to glue brackets back all the time.

    Never? That's another VNese dish you'll have to try then.

    Really? I thought there was quite a sizeable VNese population in Vancouver. Maybe you just haven't found a good banh mi shop yet?

    Kimberly Tia,
    Haha. Thanks lady.

    Houston Wok,
    Awesome. How 'bout a xiu mai burrito? Haha.

  7. Wow...this ba'nh mi` looks so good. I can't wait to make this xa xiu recipe. I am planning to make some ba'nh mi`xa xiu and bring them to the beach :-) Thanks again for posting this recipe.


  8. May I ask... how do these taste without the pate?
    I'm shying away from it because it seems so terribly fatty. I've had a couple of different Lee's sandwiches, but that is all I have for comparison. I'd really like to make these at home, but do you think I will miss the pate?

  9. Zoe,
    Thanks! I hope you liked it!

    Fear & Loathing,
    The sandwich tastes just as good without pate. If you don't like pate, don't add any, but you're only adding a schmear to the sandwich, so not that much. It's a sandwich! Add as much or as little of each ingredient as you want. :)


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