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Jul 08, 2014 | ISBN 9781607745334

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One of NPR’s Best Cookbooks of 2014

“ Who better than Andrea Nguyen to unravel the mysteries of one of the great sandwiches of the world? Her book is deceptively simple on the outside but bursting with layers of flavor and complexity within—just like the best banh mi. As always, Andrea puts mastery within the reach of any curious cook smart enough to take her advice.”
—Joe Yonan, author of Eat Your Vegetables

“ Brimming with information, inspiration, and smart advice, this is much more than a sandwich book. Andrea Nguyen once again demonstrates her commendable talent for writing recipes that deliver great tasting food and teach you to become a better cook.” 
—Molly Stevens, author of All About Roasting   

“ Andrea perfectly tells the story of how Vietnamese food culture was influenced by French colonials. Her simple recipes elevate very humble ingredients to heights you would not expect. I can’t wait to incorporate some of these ideas into our sandwich menu.”
—Sam Mogannam, owner of Bi-Rite Market

“Through these recipes, Andrea tells her life story. From childhood lunches of silky sausage on toasted baguettes to postmodern banh mi smeared with curried edamame pâté, she sketches the transformation of a sandwich, born of French and Chinese colonization and Vietnamese ingenuity, into a global culinary phenomenon.”
—John T. Edge, author of The Truck Food Cookbook

“Lots of tasty riffs on the meaty, pickly, crunchy, saucy, spicy Vietnamese sandwich.”
Cooking Light, July 2014

“The banh mi sandwich is itself the product of many miles traveled: the crusty bread brought to Vietnam by French colonists, filled with all the bright, hot, fresh, meaty, intensely tasty elements of the local cuisine. This delicious cultural collision is the subject of “The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches” by Andrea Nguyen.  . . .  it’s a master course in banh mi construction, from the bread to the pickles and condiments to every imaginable filling, whether it’s pork meatballs or fried oysters or a lipsmacking citrus-marinated grilled chicken you’re hankering for.”
Wall Street Journal, June 2014

Table Of Contents

banh mi 101 
Banh Mi Pantry  ■  Master Banh Mi 

■  13  ■
Bread Buying Guide  14  ■  Homemade Banh Mi Rolls  17

mayonnaise, sauces, and pickles 
■  23  ■
Homemade Mayonnaise  24  ■  Sriracha Aïoli  26  ■ 
Cilantro Maggi Mayonnaise  27  ■  Eggless Mayonnaise  28  ■  Garlic Yogurt Sauce  29  ■  Mock Maggi Sauce  30  ■ 
Spicy Hoisin Sauce  31  ■  Daikon and Carrot Pickle  33  ■ 
Citrusy Red Cabbage Pickle  34  ■  Pickled Shallot  36  ■  Snow Pea and Lemongrass Pickle  37  

cold cuts 
■   39  ■
Garlic Pepper Pork Tenderloin  40  ■  Cheater’s Silky Sausage  42  ■  Garlicky Silky Sausage  44  ■  Beef and Dill Sausage  45  ■  Gateway Chicken Liver Pâté  47  ■ 
Quick Pork Liver Pâté  48  ■  Edamame Pâté  48 ■ 
Headcheese Terrine  51  ■  Baked Maggi Tofu  53 

■   55  ■
Hanoi Grilled Chicken  57  ■  Classic Chicken  58  ■ 
Chicken Sausage Patties  59  ■  Chicken Sate  60  ■ 
Sri Lankan Black Curry Chicken  63  ■  Rotisserie Chicken and Cracklings  65  ■  Crispy Drunken Chicken  66  ■ 
Oven-Fried Chicken Katsu  68  

■   71   ■
Shrimp in Caramel Sauce  73  ■  Viet Oyster Po’ Boy  74  ■  Panko-Crusted Tilapia  75  ■  Sardine and Tomato Sauce  76  ■  Herbed Salmon Cakes  79  ■  Spicy Wok-Seared Shrimp  81

pork and beef 
■   83   ■
Grilled Lemongrass Pork  84  ■  Meatballs in Tomato
Sauce  87  ■  Chinese Barbecued Pork  89  ■ 
Caramel Sauce Pulled Pork  90  ■  Crispy Roast Pork  93  ■  Viet Home-Style Doner Kebab  95  ■  Beef and Curry
Sliders  96  ■  Star Anise and Lemongrass Sloppy Joe  97  ■ 
Korean Beef and Kimchi  99  ■ Maggi Steaks  101

■   103   ■
Peppery Portobello  105  ■  Gingery Tofu Sliders  106  ■ 
Egg and Tofu Pancakes  107  ■  Coconut Curry Tofu  108  ■  Thai Fried Omelet  111  ■  Lemongrass Sriracha Tempeh  112

alternative banh mi 
■   115   ■
Banh Mi Buns  117  ■  Lettuce Wrap Banh Mi  120  ■ 
Banh Mi Salad  121
Acknowledgments  ■  122
Index  ■  123

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