Bánh Mi Sandwich
In one of my favorite magazines, I read Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, California made a great bánh mi sandwich. Highland Park is a 25 minute jaunt from my house, so I decided to give them a try. It’s definitely a hot spot. Good Girl Dinette has all the elements of a hip restaurant. The brick wall, tangerine benches and countertop bar, retro-modern chairs, and a beautiful yet mysterious waitress who will one day dazzle us on the big screen. I ordered the bánh mi sandwich with the spicy fries. It was a large sandwich, and I doubted I could finish it as it was delivered to the table. To my surprise in about 7 minutes there was nothing left. I loved everything about it. Inside the heavenly bread was roasted pork with plenty of acidity from the pickled carrots and daikon which were paired perfectly with cilantro springs. The spicy fries had chiles, garlic and cilantro on top. It satisfied four vital food components, fat, acid, heat, and crunch. I washed it all down with a house made blood orange soda. I had to learn to make this sandwich to share with my family and friends. I’m feeling like a good girl for what I have come up with. If you can’t make it to Good Girl Dinette then you should try this recipe.
16 ounces of store bought Carnitas (I prefer Del Real from Costco)
2 french baguettes
1/2 pound of daikon shredded
3 ounces of pre-shredded carrots
1/2 jalapeño sliced
1/2 cup of rice vinegar seasoned
3/4 cup of water
1 cup light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons of sriracha
1 teaspoon of maggi seasoning
1 shallot thinly sliced
1 small package of basil leaves chiffonade or approx 15 fresh basil leaves
2-3 springs of fresh whole cilantro springs including a little stem per sandwich
Preparation of pickled carrots and daikon
Place pre-shredded carrots in a bowl. Peel daikon and cut into thin rounds.
Place a few rounds on top of each other and julienne (match sticks) the daikon.
Once you have a 50/50 amount of carrots to daikon add daikon to bowl. Slice the jalapeño and add to the carrots and daikon. Pour rice wine vinegar and water into bowl and allow to marinade for 30 minutes. If you have more time allow to marinade up to 2 hours.
Preparation of sriracha mayonnaise
Combine mayonnaise, sriracha, and maggi seasoning in a condiment bowl set aside.
Preparation of sandwich
Cut each baguette into 3 pieces, then cut in half and keep them intact. Slather the inside sides of bread with softened butter and toast them on your griddle until nice and crispy. Slather the bottom piece of bread with sriracha mayonnaise. Build sandwich starting with carnitas, then top with the pickled carrots, daikon, and jalapeños. Add a layer of cilantro and basil. Finish sandwich with shallots and close up the baguette. I enjoy this sandwich with Kettle Jalapeño Chips and a Mexican Coke. Enjoy!
1. This is a Daikon. It can be found near the radishes or root vegetables. You might need to ask your produce man to find it for you. Asian and speciality markets are sure to have it. It’s very large and you only need 1/2 pound. I ask my produce man to cut 1/2 pound for me. If you can’t find it you can use radishes in it’s place.
2. Maggi Seasoning is also sometime hard to find. I found it in the latin section of my market.
3. This sandwich is perfect to wrap in plastic wrap and tailgate or picnic with.