Vietnamese Baguette Sandwiches -Banh Mi Recipe

Vietnamese Sandwich Recipe: the Vietnamese baguette Banh Mi combines grilled pork, tangy pickles, cucumbers, pate, spicy lime mayo and cilantro for the perfect sandwich.
Vietnamese Sandwich Recipe: the Vietnamese baguette Banh Mi combines grilled pork, tangy pickles, cucumbers, pate, spicy lime mayo and cilantro.

I love this Vietnamese sandwich recipe. Love it. And I hope you will too. Every time I’ve made it,  it’s always a crowd pleaser.

Vietnamese sandwich recipe

I first heard of this sandwich on a cooking show quite a few years ago, but never had a chance to try it.  Just from the list of all of the ingredients, I knew that it would be yummy. I really like Vietnamese food,  so I experimented with a few different recipes and versions, to come up with all the elements of these amazing Vietnamese sandwiches.  It turned out so great.  I love this sandwich.  It is hearty enough to be a meal in itself.  The best part about this sandwich is that it has an amazing combination of textures and flavors.  It’s spicy and sweet and sour and savory and fresh.  It’s also crispy and smooth and chewy all at the same time.  This version is not the quickest sandwich to throw together.  But it’s well worth the time it takes to marinate and grill the pork, and to pickle the fresh vegetables for this bahn mi sandwich recipe.  If you’re lucky enough to be in a Vietnamese neighbourhood you can pick on up.  But you can also make it at home with this recipe and have it whenever you want.

French and Vietnamese Fusion

There’s a lot of French influence in Vietnamese cooking, and you can see it in this sandwich with the baguette and the pate.  This comes from the time when Vietnam was under French colonial rule beginning in 1858.  French colonialism impacted the vietnamese people in many ways including their food.  Some French cuisine was introduced  including French bread.  The crispy baguette become a stable.  Over the years, there was a fusion between the French influence and the Vietnamese cuisine.  The traditional banh mi sandwich is made with a French-style baguette, and  bahn mi is actually the vietnamese word for the baguette bread this perfect sandwich is made in.  Along with the crusty baguettes, it also usually has French influenced pate in it.  A Vietnamese banh mi is also filled with asian style pickled veggies, spicy mayo, some kind of Vietnamese pork, and fresh herbs. This delicious sandwich is the perfect fusion of French and Asian influence.  This Vietnamese street food is perfect for on the go eating.  It usually contains some kind of pork meat.  We’ve used lemongrass pork for ours, but it’s also served sometime with pork meatballs, pork loaf, or roast pork.


We used pork shoulder for our lemongrass pork for the sandwich.  It has a good bit of fat in it, which makes the grilled pork nice and moist.  You can also use pork butt, pork belly, or pork tenderloin for this.  Don’t skip the lemongrass in this recipe.  Look for it at any asian or Vietnamese grocery stores with the fresh veggies and herbs.  Be sure to marinate your pork for at least a few hours, and up to overnight.  If you’re making this sandwich for a party or company, you can do this step the night before so that all you have to do is grill it the day of.  You can also freeze the pork in the marinade.  Do yourself a favor if you’re making a batch of this and do an extra one at the same time, place the marinade and pork in a ziplock bag and freeze it.  The next time you want to enjoy this yummy sandwich, all you have to do is take the pork and marinade out of the freezer, let it thaw and grill, and then assemble the rest of your sandwich and enjoy.


The pickled carrots and daikon radish don’t take long to make.  Use a mandoline chopper to make slicing them much quicker.  Let them sit in the pickling liquid at least a few hours before serving.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.  Enjoy this pickled crunchy vegetables on the sandwich, with more on the side for pickle lovers.

vietnamese baguette with grilled Vietnamese pork and homemade pickles

Vietnamese picked radish and carrots

Yield: 2 Baguette Sandwiches

Vietnamese Sandwich -Banh Mi

Vietnamese Sandwich -Banh Mi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes


Vietnamese Grilled Pork

  • 500g pork shoulder, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

Pickled Daikon and Carrot

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups daikon (Chinese radish) -cut into matchstick size pieces
  • 2 cups carrot -cut into matchstick size pieces

Spicy Lime Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup favorite mayo
  • juice of one lime
  • Sriracha hot sauce -to taste, 1-2 tsp.

To Make the Sandwich

  • 2 French baguettes
  • 150 g chicken liver pate
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • picked daikon and carrot
  • grilled Vietnamese pork


Vietnamese Grilled Pork

  1. Combine al the ingredients to make a marinade for the pork, and let sit several hours in the fridge, or over night.
  2. To cook, remove from the marinade, and grill on the bbq until done.

Pickled Daikon and Carrot

  1. Combine sugar and vinegar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add carrots and daikon and let sit for several hours or overnight.

Spicy Lime Mayonnaise

  1. To make the mayo, combine the mayo, lime juice and hot sauce.

To Make the Sandwich

  1. Slice baguette in half and spread one side with pate, and the other with spicy lime mayo. Add the grilled pork, cucumber slices, cilantro and picked daikon and carrots. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/4 Baguette

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 683Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 1418mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 5gSugar: 32gProtein: 30g
Vietnamese baguette -banh mi sandwich

I served this sandwich on the weekend at a summer get-together with some old friends in the backyard.  This sandwich really is perfect for summer entertaining.The pork is done on the bbq and the pickle can be made the day before so all you need to do the day of is assemble.

These pork banh mi sandwiches are something different and really fresh.  They have a great balance of textures and taste.  The crusty Vietnamese baguettes is contrasted with the velvety smooth texture of the pate.  The pickled carrots and daikon have the perfect sweet and sour taste,  Along with the taste, the pickled vegetables add more of the great crunch. The cilantro leaves add some freshness.  And the spicy element is covered with the spicy mayo.  The pork is perfectly seasoned and also sweet, and a little bit fatty in the best sense and wonderfully unctuous.  This really is one of the best sandwiches.  I hope you love it too!

How to make a Vietnamese sandwich -banh mi

With this yummy Vietnamese pork sandwich recipe, life really is a party!

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