One of the things I love most about living in Chicago is the food. Always a new restaurant to try, creative food concepts and lots of diversity. Strangely enough, I never had a banh mi sandwich until this weekend… in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
My husband and I were out running errands on Saturday afternoon. I saw a wine tasting going on in a parking lot. My husband noticed a food truck. We both went to our areas of interest. I finished my wine by the time he had a duck banh mi sandwich.
At first, I wasn’t interested in his little sandwich…but I watched him take a couple bites and he looked so darn happy. He noticed I was staring at meal and offered me a couple bites. I wasted no time and went in for a huuuge bite. I could hardly believe how delicious this sandwich tasted and I was floored it came from Fort Wayne!
So in the spirit of my “inspiring others to stop ordering carry out” blog, I decided to recreate this sandwich at home. I can’t say this is completely traditional but it was very good! I did a quick pickling of veggies and made a spicy BBQ sauce. The pork patties are a mixture of ground pork and pork sausage. I made sliders, but I can totally see myself having this as a big ol’ burger.
I’m happy I tried something new and even more thrilled I re-created the sandwich at home. Whats your favorite restaurant inspired food you like to make at home? If you’re a blogger and you’ve got a recipe posted on your site, share it in the comments. I’d love to see it!
Pork Banh Mi Inspired Sliders, makes 10 patties
- 4 medium carrots, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
- 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
- 4-5 large radishes, sliced into matchsticks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
- 1 scant teaspoon sea salt
- A handful of cilantro
- 1 lb ground pork
- 8 oz pork sausage
- 1/2 red onion, grated
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 inch ginger root, grated
- Vegetable Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Sriracha
- 1-2 long french bread baguettes, split
- Combine the carrots, cucumber, onion and radishes in a shallow dish. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup water, sugar, vinegar and salt until dissolved. Pour the hot dressing over the vegetables, then let cool until ready to serve. Combine with the cilantro.
- Make the pork patties – Combine the ground pork and sausage in a large bowl. Grate onion and ginger over the bowl. Add garlic cloves and Salt & Pepper. Mix with your hand and create 2 oz patties. (about 1/4 cup size) At medium heat, warm up skillet with vegetable oil. Cook patties 5 minutes per side.
- While patties are cooking, make the spicy BBQ sauce. In a saucepan, combine honey, soy sauce and sriracha. Once it reaches a boil. Turn off the heat.
- When the patties are almost done cooking, drizzle bbq sauce over each patty.
- To make sliders, slice bread according to the size of the pork patties. Put BBQ sauce on both pieces of bread. Place veggies mixture on one side of the bread,top with pork patty add the top piece of bread. Enjoy!