Vietnamese Ham and Egg Baguette (Banh Mi)

20130726-215534.jpgOne of the best things that happened to my husband and I (besides marriage) was discovering Banh Mi with fried egg. One of our favorite restaurants in Seattle is Monkey Bridge, we go nuts for their Vietnamese cuisine! This Vietnamese Sandwich is my attempt at copying our favorite one off their menu.

    Ingredients & Directions

In a small saucepan bring to a boil
1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 cup water, and 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved (1 minute) and pour into a medium bowl to cool. Meanwhile, prep veggies. You need:
1/4 cup carrot cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks, 1/4 cup white (daikon) radish* cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks, 1/4 cup thinly sliced white onion.
*I don’t like radish so I just used bean sprouts instead! Submerge chopped veggies into the vinegar mix and let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prep 1/4 cup thinly sliced strands of
cucumber and cut one lime wedge.
Cut 1/4 inch thick slices of
Vietnamese ham, set aside. (I got mine at a local Asian market, but you could also use spam or regular ham if you don’t care that it’s not “authentic”). Slice the a
12 inch French baguette in half the long way, and gently pull the center of the bread out of the baguette halves, leaving a cavity for the meat & veggies. Place cut side up on a cookie sheet. Now for the tricky part where you get to cook three things at once…challenge accepted! First turn the oven broiler on high. Then heat on medium two small non stick fry pans. Once heated, place the ham in one and begin to fry
two eggs in the other. Season both with
garlic & chili powder. After 30 seconds poke the egg yolk so that it begins to spread, but remains inside the perimeter of the whites. Turn heat to low & cover the eggs with a lid, checking every 30 seconds till done. Flip the ham slices over and place the baguette halves under the broiler to lightly toast, about 2 minutes, remove. Turn the stove and oven off. Strain the vegetables from vinegar.

To assemble the sandwich:

Spread a generous layer of mayonaise on both sides of the baguette. Then layer up from the bottom the ham, cucumber, onion, carrot, radish (or bean sprouts), chopped banana or jalapeño pepper, cilantro sprigs, and last but not least, the fried eggs! Squeeze lime over it, cut in half and enjoy!


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