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.
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.
Homemade Sirloin Banh Mi Sandwiches
For the sandwiches
- 1 sirloin steak , about one pound
- Chopped jalapeno
- Fresh cilantro
- Pickled carrots and daikon , you can use this recipe
- 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
- 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 degrees F. Let rest, and then slice into thin pieces against the grain.
- On the split bread, spread butter or mayonnaise. Then layer on beef, carrots, daikon, cucumbers, jalapeno, 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.
For more tasty inspiration, check out my Recipes from Stetted board on Pinterest!