Homemade Sirloin Banh Mi Sandwiches

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I went from the land of milk and cheese to the land of beef.

Ironically, in the former I didn’t each much cheese, but this being America, beef has played a strong role in my dietary habits throughout life. Quite frankly, I don’t think I could ever be a vegetarian because I simply enjoy the taste of beef, from burgers to brisket.

Banh Mi - Pickled vegetables

Since I’ve been learning more about food and cooking, I enjoy beef even more. Learning to cook a steak properly was a revelation, and steak has become the basis upon which I’ve built quite a few delicious, healthy meals. People often conjure up images of carb-loaded meat fests when they think of beef, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Using quality cuts of beef means a little can go a long way, and you can build upon its natural flavor for accompanying many dishes.

Banh Mi - Bread

Just over a year ago I had my first Vietnamese sandwich, banh mi, from a shop here in Austin. It seems so simple, as they are built like any other sandwich, but I was bowled over. The combination of ingredients is what brings it home. Soft bread with crispy crust, vegetables that snap, marinaded meat. Some banh mi add another layer with the addition of a pate, but I prefer without. And if you’re making a sandwich around this kitchen, hold that devilish cilantro.

Banh Mi - Sirloin

Thinly sliced sirloin is one of my newest obsessions. It can transform salads, give your appetizers another notch on the fancy scale, tantalize in stir-fry, and of course, be the perfect solution to a sandwich craving.

I don’t claim these sandwiches to be authentic, because I’ve never been to Vietnam and have eaten banh mi at exactly two shops here in Austin. One shop uses butter as their spread, and the other uses a light coating of mayonnaise. I said light. This isn’t a BLT, folks. You can either purchase your bread at a quality bakery or try your hand at making it at home – I highly recommend the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method, and the authors have the Master Recipe posted on their website.

Banh Mi - Thinly sliced sirloin goes a long way when sandwiched with pickled carrots in daikon in a banh mi.

Homemade Sirloin Banh Mi Sandwiches

Delicious banh mi sandwiches can be made at home using a flavorful marinade.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Inactive Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 623 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the sandwiches

  • 1 sirloin steak, about one pound
  • Chopped jalapeño
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Pickled carrots and daikon
  • 2 baguettes, sliced in half and split
  • Butter or mayonnaise

For the marinade

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Instructions

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a shallow bowl or casserole big enough to fit the steak. Add the steak, turn over to coat, and cover bowl. Let marinade in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • When you are ready to cook, let the meat stand at room temperature while you heat up your pan.
  • Cook the meat until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. Let rest, and then slice into thin pieces against the grain.

Sandwich assembly

  • On the split bread, spread butter or mayonnaise. Then layer on beef, carrots, daikon, cucumbers, jalapeño, and cilantro, adding and subtracting as desired.
  • Eat immediately, or wrap in waxed paper and take with you for a picnic. Letting the sandwich rest helps the flavors meld even more, and completed sandwiches keep in the fridge very well.

Nutrition

Calories: 623 kcalCarbohydrates: 91 gProtein: 25 gFat: 18 gSaturated Fat: 5 gCholesterol: 29 mgSodium: 2196 mgFiber: 6 gSugar: 11 g
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Banh Mi - Homemade Banh Mi sandwiches make a little sirloin go a long way.

Disclaimer: I created this recipe as part of my involvement with the Texas Beef Council via Foodbuzz. I have been compensated for my time and expenses, but my opinions are my own.

7 Comments

  1. I’m totally obsessed with bahn mi. My local Vietnamese bakery makes one called the Saigon Special, which is filled with ham, sausage and grilled BBQ pork slices, and slathered with a thick layer of pate and mayonnaise. I love it, but health food it most definitely ain’t.
    Love the idea of making this leaner, healthier version at home… anything with beef can’t possibly be bad. 🙂

  2. That is one good looking sandwich! I Love Banh mi and don’t know why I’ve never tried to make one at home. It would be a good way to use up all the funny looking baguettes I’ve been making (still practing bread making skills- got a ways to go).

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