Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"The Banh Mi Handbook"

My new cookbook: The Banh Mi Handbook by Andrea Nguyen.
My first taste of a banh-mi sandwich was last month at a Vietnamese diner in Provo, Utah. I was hooked! The idea is French-Asian fusion cuisine originally from the long French colonial era in Vietnam, recently made popular by Vietnamese cooks in the US. French bread, French pâté, Asian condiments and pickles, fresh vegetables -- lots of flavor, lots of crunch.

Wanting to try making these simple and delicious sandwiches, I bought the book in the photo. Author Nguyen, who has also written several other cookbooks, offers recipes for the bread, the filling, the condiments, and the pickles, and a basic formula for putting them all together. Here's my first effort:

I assembled our sandwiches on crusty French rolls. The pickled carrots and pork roast were home made.
The rolls & pâté were from Trader Joe. I hollowed each roll out a bit and
lightly toasted it as the instructions suggest.
The sandwich.
I'm sharing my new cookbook with Louise's Cookbook Wednesday.


Kitchen Riffs said...

Sounds like a good cookbook. Definitely a good sandwich. One of those things I've never made, just ordered in restaurants. I definitely need this book! :-)

Shaheen said...

There is a really small Vietnamese community in Wales, but sadly Banh Mi's are not popular so much yet, but I like the idea of it, but of course it would have to be veggie.

Mae Travels said...

The Banh Mi Handbook does include vegetarian sandwiches as well as those with meat. I don't think there are any with dairy products, but I'm not sure.

Pam said...

We have several Vietnamese restaurants in the area and I've had the Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi's. Yours looks great and I will be looking for the cookbook!

~~louise~~ said...

I love when you buy cookbooks Mae, get right to it and share.

We have a Vietnamese restaurant in State College but I've never been there. It looks like I may need to make a visit. When you get excited about a recipe and go one step further and prepare the dish, I know it has to be worthy of a trip! It looks delicious Mae!

Thank you so much for linking up to Cookbook Wednesday Mae. I would have been here earlier but it was another "active" day with Marion, doctors and yes, the hospital. Thank goodness she is now resting here and not there!!!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Mae, my husband and I love banh-mi's. There is a food truck that we have found in Oregon with great sandwiches. Your's look delicious!