Bahn Mi is the traditional Vietnamese term for “baguette” or simply bread however in some North American culinary circles Bahn Mi has come to represent something else…… The flavourful marinade used to make the traditional Bahn Mi sandwich.
The basic sauce only has four ingredients and while you may turn your nose up at say, fish sauce, don’t let that stop you from trying this delightful recipe. I even go so far as to add the sauce to ground meat and make Bahn Mi burgers and meatloaf. If you make a larger batch of the Bahn Mi place the unused sauce in an air tight container and refrigerate.
Here’s how we do this one……….
- 3 Boneless pork loin chops – sliced into thin strips
- 1/2 each of yellow and orange sweet pepper – julienned
- 1/2 medium yellow onion – sliced
- Two “heads” of Baby Bok Choy
- 1/4 cup Soya sauce
- 1/4 cup Fish sauce
- 2 Teaspoons Garlic Chili sauce (found in the Asian section of your grocery store)
- 2 Teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 package Udon noodles
- 2 Tablespoons Canola oil
Putting it all together:
- Put the Soya sauce, Fish sauce, Garlic chili sauce and sugar in a measuring cup and mix well
- Put the pork and the Bahn Mi sauce in a resealable bag and shake until all the meat is coated. Refrigerate for approx. 20 mins.
- Heat the Canola oil in a Wok or a large saute pan
- Add the pork and the marinade and cook until almost done
- Remove the pork leaving the sauce in the pan
- Add the vegetables and heat until soft. About 5 minutes
- Add back the pork and mix well
- Cook the Udon noodles according to the package directions- usually 3 to 4 minutes
- Place the noodles in a bowl and top with the pork mixture. Enjoy.
There you have it……. another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond”.
Until next time……….