Pork Banh-Mi Sandwiches

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Hi everyone!  Sorry it’s been so long since I have posted a recipe – holidays have taken up most to all of my time!  It’s been incredibly relaxing being on Christmas vacation, and I have spent most of it organizing all of my recipes.

These sandwiches are unbelievably delicious.  The pork is so tender and juicy, but the part that makes it the best is the sauce.  They’re very simple to make, and great for a weekend lunch – hope you decide to try!

YIELD: 4 servings

TIME: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS
Pickled Vegetables:
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup carrot, julienned
1/2 cup daikon radish, julienned
pinch of salt

Meat:
1-1/2 lbs pork shoulder or loin, thinly sliced with meat slicer
1-1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp shallot, chopped
1-1/2 Tbsp pepper
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1-1/2 tsp sesame oil
4 Tbsp grapeseed oil

Sandwiches:
2 thin and crusty baguettes
mayonnaise
1 English cucumber, halved crosswise and sliced lengthwise
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced
20 sprigs jalapeno

Sauce:
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
2 tsp garlic, minced
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cold water

DIRECTIONS
Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.  Combine warm water, sugar, vinegar, and salt and whisk until sugar is dissolved; let cool.  Peel, wash, and cut daikon and carrots to matchstick size, and combine in a bowl patted dry.  Fill carrot and daikon mixture into a mason jar; pour liquid mixture into the jar until covered.  Close lid and let pickle for 1 hour or more, preferably overnight.

Combine all marinade ingredients except pork in a plastic bag.  Once all ingredients are dissolved in the oil, add pork and let marinate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.  Heat up frying pan and cook slices of pork one layer at a time, about 1-2 minutes per side.

Split bread lengthwise and brush both sides of the bread generously with the sauce and mayonnaise.  Place pork at the bottom of the baguette and layer meat with a single layer of cucumber slices, pickled carrot and daikon, a few slices of jalapeno, and a few sprigs of fresh cilantro.

Hope y’all enjoy!

xoxo, Sara

recipe from Big Oven

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