Curried Pork Banh Mi

40 minutes to assemble
10 minutes to grill
Total time: 50 minutes
5 Sandwiches
40 minutes to assemble
10 minutes to grill
Total time: 50 minutes
5 Sandwiches
This popular Vietnamese sandwich is a product of French colonialism and Indonesian influences. We upped the ante by adding Thai Red Curry Paste and Fish Sauce to the ground pork. It’s divine!


  • 1/2 cup each water and rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red radishes*
  • 4 tablespoons oil, divided, plus extra for grill
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Red Curry Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 1 lb ground pork (90% lean)
  • 1 French baguette, cut into five 3-4 inch pieces
  • Mayonnaise
  • 5 leaves romaine lettuce, rolled together and sliced thinly
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 cup rough chopped cilantro
  • Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce or favorite hot sauce
  • *If your supermarket sells daikon radish, substitute it for red radish, because it's more authentic


  1. Bring water, sugar and vinegar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Stir in carrots and radishes. Set aside to marinate.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large skillet and heat over a medium-high temperature. Add shallots and garlic. Stirring, cook until wilted. Add Red Curry Paste and Fish Sauce. Cook until curry is dissolved into vegetables. Scrape contents of skillet into a medium bowl, with a rubber spatula.
  3. Add pork to red curry mixture and lightly mix with a fork until combined. Shape into 5 oblong patties (about 3-4 inches long) to match baguette slices. Preheat grill.
  4. While grill is heating: slice baguette pieces and open like a book, with one end hinged. Brush insides with remaining oil. Cut cucumber to match baguette lengths and slice cucumber pieces length-wise, about 1/8 inch thick. Set aside with other vegetables.
  5. Brush grill grates with oil. Grill patties on medium-high heat for 5 minutes each side, with grill top closed. Pork is done when it is no longer pink or the temperature reaches 160°F on a meat thermometer. At the same time, grill baguette pieces face down so insides get nice grill lines, about 5 minutes.
  6. Slather insides of grilled baguettes with mayonnaise and layer each piece with: romaine, (drained) carrot and radish mixture, top with grilled pork, cucumber slices, cilantro and a healthy drizzle of Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce. Close and secure with long toothpick. Serve with Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce on side for those “that like it hot!”

In This Recipe

This sauce packs heat and a ton of flavor. Use it as a hot sauce or add a dash to spice up your favorite recipes.
This is one of our more versatile curry pastes. Use Red Curry Paste in any meat, poultry, vegetable, or fish curry.
Thais use Fish Sauce the way other cultures use soy sauce. Its savory and salty flavors are perfect for stir-frys, curries, marinades and dressings.

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