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Banh Mi Beach
Vietnamese Picnic on the Beach
Just because you're headed to the beach for the day doesn't mean you are
doomed to eat peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and potato chips for lunch.  If
you are up to about 15 minutes of prep work before you hit the road, Vietnamese
you are up to about 15 minutes of prep work before you hit the road, Vietnamese
subs are a great lunch.  Follow the simple prep steps below to turn your next
beach day into a Banh Mi beach day.
What is Banh Mi?
This sub sandwich is an interesting
intersection of the French and
Vietnamese food cultures.

The French Part:
  • The Roll
  • The Pate
  • The Mayo

The Vietnamese Part:
  • The Cilantro
  • The Daikon Radish
  • The sweet and spicy fish-sauce
    dressing, Nuoc Cham.

When it all comes together, you'll have a
sandwich like none you have ever tasted
before.  You'll pant with pleasure then
shout out, "This is scrumtrulecent!"
Gastromancer on the Beach
  • A Sandwich sized sub roll.
  • A variety of Vietnamese lunch meats.  (If there isn't a good Asian market
    nearby you can use Ham and Turkey).
  • Pate, any kind with liver will do.
  • 1 Daikon Radish
  • 2 Carrots
  • Mayo

Nuoc Cham Sauce Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice w/pulp (get this from a real lime please).
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of chile paste (you'll find it near the fish sauce in the Asian
    aisle).
  • 1/3 Cup warm water.

Before you go to the beach:
-Julianne the daikon and carrots and place in container with 1 tablespoon of salt
and enough water to cover.
-Next, make the Nuoc Cham sauce.  Combine all ingredients and swish around
until the sugar dissolves in the warm water.

Assembly:
-Slice the bread and spread with mayo on the top half and pate on the bottom
half.
-Throw three slices of lunch meat on the sub.
-Add a hand full of daikon and carrot from their brine.
-Don't be shy with the cilantro (see below)
-Give everything a splash of Nuoc Cham

Open wide and consume with gusto!  Tough guys should note that fresh
chopped hot pepper is often an option when buying these over-the-counter.  
Feel free to add them on your own to really heat up your beach picnic, but
beware, sea water is not very thirst quenching.  Enjoy!
Picture Banh Mi Sandwich