Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Banh Mi for Mi

Cool thing to do with leftover roasted pork belly. Slicy, meaty, salad* in a sandwich.
I know there are people well-versed in the Vietnamese culinary canon. I am not one of them. But I wanted some of that brown "barbecue" sauce some banh mi joints smear on the bread, so I made up one of my own. I am programed to love my own creations; it's my default position. Even so, I will just as boldly tell you when something has gone horribly wrong.
This went horribly right, and if you want to tell me what a piece of ill-informed, colonialistic, yuppie trash I am, leave a comment. If you want to know what was in the delicious brown goo, it was oyster sauce with a little agave syrup and some rice vinegar.

*Carrot, cucumber, jalapeno and cilantro.

14 comments:

Hungry Dog said...

Mmm. Slicy. Meaty. Sammie.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Pate, did you inclued a little pate?

Zoomie said...

The goo sounds great. Will try soonest.

cookiecrumb said...

Dog: Yeah, dawg! My first homemade one. Not so very bad.

Mouse: I did not include pate. I know it's standard, but in Northern California, it seems to be "optional" to the point of nonexistent. Gotta try that.

Zoomie: Couldn't believe how easy it was, and so good.

Chilebrown said...

I was there when you purchased that belly. You have earned the new 'Iron Chef Marin' trophy for being "Being". Congrats!

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: That is, indeed, the belly from the belly purchase you witnessed. And since you urged me to buy two of them (all they had), I still have a frozen belly to Do Something With! Thanks, man.

Zia said...

Looks like a lovely salad sandwich. Now I'm all hungry... and I want a beer ;-)

Ms Brown Mouse said...

The ones round our way have 2 kinds of pork + pate! I loves them :) Always end up surrounded by a ring of cripsy roll crumbs.

Greg said...

That just has to be good! Some of the "authentic" banh mi sandos have what could best be described as mystery meat.Rock on pork belly.

cookiecrumb said...

Zia: Oh, definitely beer. :)

Mouse: Those crumbs! Isn't that bread funny? I used "Italian bread" and it wasn't the same.
So, three kinds of pork; would that be sliced meat, pate, and ham? Ohgod my tummy just rumbled.
(How nice to think you can get banh mi all over the world, maybe even Sweden.) (I just watched "The Girl Who Played With Fire.")

Greg: I'm saying this was the most perfect use for leftover roast belly. Could use a few tweaks on the sandwich, but it's close.

Cute Banana said...

yummeh :)

Style Maniac said...

Aha! Earlier this month I stumbled upon the most amazing Banh Mi at street festival in Philly. Don't think it's on the regular menu of the restaurant (Sampan), so I have been wondering how to re-create at home. Pretty sure that sauce is the key.

cookiecrumb said...

Banana: Aren't you cute? Thanks.

Maniac: If you Google recipes, you won't find this sauce on banh mi, at least I didn't. But definitely try it. Have fun.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Speaking of things Nordic, I just watched the cat attack scene from Let The Right One In -