Rooster Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich)

Rooster Banh Mi is the much-loved hen number of the traditional Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich. It has all of the acquainted flavours of Banh Mi – pate, mayo, contemporary herbs and pickled greens – however as a substitute of thriller pink meat slices, it’s made with hen! Fabulously easy.

Chicken banh mi ready to eat

Rooster Banh Mi

Banh Mi is a meat crammed French baguette sandwich full of Asian flavours. Born from the time of France’s occupation of Vietnam, I think about the French simply couldn’t cope with out crusty bread so that they launched baguettes to the Vietnamese and the Vietnamese crammed it with their meats and herbs and voila! The now-world-famous Banh Mi was born.

Whereas Vietnamese locals love the traditional mystery-meat-pork-cold-cuts model, there are all types of different varieties throughout Vietnam and world wide today. Grilled meats, beef, hen, meatballs, egg, sausage, BBQ pork, fish, egg, to call a number of.

Right now, I’m sharing a shredded hen model which may be very in style amongst Sydney locals who stay suspicious of the thriller pink cold-cut slices!!

Hand holding cut open Chicken banh mi

One tip: Stuff generously. The photograph is above is the way it seems to be when squished. Look how full it’s earlier than I picked it up. ⬇️ The motto right here – don’t skimp on fillings!!!

Tray full of Chicken banh mi

Substances in hen banh mi

Any sandwich is the sum of its elements, and it holds further true for Banh Mi. Every ingredient in isolation will not be extraordinary. The mixture sounds odd, for for Banh Mi first timers. However one chew is all it’ll take to get you leaping onto the Banh Mi prepare!

The baguette

Use a normal crusty white baguette, not a elaborate artisan one like sourdough as they’re too chewy. One of the best baguettes utilized by the most well-liked Banh Mi distributors in Vietnam have delicate crispy crusts and fluffy mushy insides.

Crust bread roll for Chicken banh mi

In case your baguette will not be as crusty as you’d like, simply pop it within the oven for a couple of minutes to crisp up. (I do that as a result of it’s simply not a correct Banh Mi except the crust is crispy!)

Stuff inside

Chicken Banh Mi ingredients
  • Rooster – I simply use a retailer purchased roast hen for comfort. You may additionally make your personal. Both use a plain brined roast hen (so the flesh will likely be seasoned) or poach hen breast then use a bit of additional Maggi Seasoning.

    The quantity of hen you employ will depend upon the scale of your baguette. You may actually be as beneficiant as you need. I’m fairly beneficiant!

    Grilled lemongrass hen – There’s additionally sorts of hen Banh Mi made with grilled marinated hen. If that’s what you’re after, use the hen on this Lemongrass hen recipe, minimize it into slices and use instead of the shredded hen. Skip the Maggi seasoning, you gained’t want it.

  • Inexperienced onion – You want 2 to three items which are about so long as your bread roll for every Banh Mi.

  • Cucumber – You will want 2 skinny slices (minimize lengthwise) for every Banh Mi. 1 cucumber must be sufficient.

  • Recent chilli – Both birds eye chilli (in style ones right here in Australia) or Thai pink chilli. Something pink and fiery. It’s all a part of an ideal Banh Mi!

Fast pickled greens

This is likely one of the issues that makes Banh Mi so particular – the crunch of pickled carrot and daikon. It’s so good!! Don’t even take into consideration skipping this. In the event you can’t discover daikon (white radish), simply double up on carrot.

Chicken Banh Mi ingredients
  • Carrot and daikon (white radish) – These are the 2 pickled greens mostly utilized in Banh Mi. They’re minimize into skinny batons so that you get a terrific crunch (albeit pickled-softened-crunch!) once you chew in them.

    Don’t be tempted to shortcut chopping the greens through the use of a field grater. I attempted (the lazy prepare dinner in me couldn’t resist) – and it simply wasn’t the identical. An enormous vinegary pile of coleslaw-like mush. I missed the crunch!

  • Rice wine vinegar – That is the vinegar used for the pickled greens, an Asian vinegar made out of rice. Substitute with apple cider vinegar.

  • Salt and sugar – For pickling. These pickled greens are a bit candy and bit salty, good stability between the 2.

Pickled vegetables for banh mi

Spreads and sauces

“It’s not a Banh Mi with out pate!” she declares vehemently.

Chicken Banh Mi ingredients
  • Maggi Seasoning – That is mainly like a soy sauce however with extra flavour. No, not MSG! 🙂

    Whereas some Banh Mi distributors make their very own secret sauce, that is the most typical sauce used straight out of the bottle. Discover it within the Asian or sauce aisle at massive grocery shops right here in Australia.

  • Pate – Rooster pate is on theme right here although you should utilize any pate you need. Whilst you’re most welcome to go forward and bask in costly pate, there’s truly no want. With a lot different stuff happening on this sandwich, nobody’s going to know if you happen to used a funds pate or a premium one!

  • Mayonnaise – Entire egg mayonnaise or Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise please. I don’t use different varieties of mayonnaise (too vinegary or too candy).

Tips on how to make a hen banh mi

Making any sort of Banh Mi is simply in regards to the order wherein you layer. Wealthy and creamy on the underside, topped with meaty then completed with contemporary.

How to make Chicken banh mi
  1. Break up the baguette in half however don’t minimize it right through.

  2. Butter – Unfold butter on the lid of the baguette.

  3. Pate and mayo – Unfold pate then mayonnaise on the bottom of the baguette. Don’t skimp – the most well-liked Banh Mi joints in Vietnam are at all times those which are most beneficiant with the pate!!

  4. Rooster and sauce – Prime with shredded hen then drizzle with Maggi Seasoning, the key Banh Mi sauce!

  5. Greens & herbs – Stuff in a beneficiant quantity of pickled carrot and daikon, layer 2 slices of cucumber then stuff with 2 to three inexperienced onion stems and some sprigs of coriander.

  6. Chilli – Lastly, sprinkle with as a lot contemporary chilli as you dare, then devour!

    Go laborious with the chilli! Little pops of contemporary chilli buried amongst the freshness of pickled greens is a signature attribute of Banh Mi so don’t be shy with the chilli! In truth, strive it the opposite approach. Be courageous, go laborious, then if it’s an excessive amount of for you, simply decide ’em out!!

Hand picking up Chicken banh mi

And there you’ve it. The hen model of the notorious Banh Mi, full of flavours such as you’ll by no means expertise in a Western sandwich! That mixture of the contemporary herbs and pickled greens with the smear of wealthy creamy pate and mayonnaise is stellar. It really works with many proteins, however utilizing hen is a simple choice if you happen to simply use a retailer purchased roast hen like I do.

In the event you’re new the world of Banh Mi, this can be a good one to begin with. Hope you give it a go! – Nagi x

Watch methods to make it

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Hand picking up Chicken banh mi

Rooster banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich)


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Recipe video above. That is the hen model of Vietnamese Banh Mi that is so in style in Australia! All of the acquainted flavours of Banh Mi – pate, mayo, contemporary herbs and pickled greens – however with shredded hen as a substitute of thriller pink chilly cuts. 🙂Do not skip the pickled greens. They completely make it.For lemongrass grilled hen, use the hen on this recipe instead of the shredded hen, and skip the Maggi seasoning.


Pickled greens:

  • Pickle – In a big bowl, dissolve the salt and sugar within the scorching water. Stir in vinegar. Add carrots and daikon – they need to nearly be coated.

  • 2 hours – Go away for two hours till barely floppy. Drain properly then use per recipe.

Banh Mi:

  • Break up the bread roll in half however do not minimize right through.

  • Butter – Unfold the lid with butter.

  • Pate then mayo – Unfold the bottom with 1 to 2 tablespoons pate (be beneficiant!), then 1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise.

  • Rooster & Maggi – Pile on shredded hen, drizzle with 1/4 tsp Maggi seasoning (you may at all times add extra later).

  • Recent stuff! Stuff with pickled greens, 2 slices of cucumber, 3 slices of inexperienced onion and coriander. Lastly, sprinkle with as a lot chilli as you dare. Jam the lid down and devour!

Recipe Notes:

1. Carrot and daikon – it’s laborious to amount the quantities however mainly you need the same amount of every, and sufficient so it’s simply coated by the pickling liquid. Can’t discover white radish? Double up on carrot!
2. Rolls not crusty? Pop them within the oven to crisp up. It’s not Banh Mi if the rolls aren’t crusty!
3. Maggi seasoning – Like soy sauce however with extra flavour. No MSG! It’s the traditional Banh Mi sauce, although some distributors create their very own particular sauces. Discover it within the Asian aisle or sauce aisle of enormous grocery shops.
Substitute with a 50/50 combo of soy sauce + Worcestershire sauce.
4. STORAGE: Greatest assembled and eaten contemporary. If you wish to take it for lunch, assemble however omit the Maggi Seasoning and add that simply earlier than consuming.

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 624cal (31%)Carbohydrates: 46g (15%)Protein: 38g (76%)Fats: 31g (48%)Saturated Fats: 10g (63%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 9gMonounsaturated Fats: 9gTrans Fats: 0.4gLdl cholesterol: 142mg (47%)Sodium: 1474mg (64%)Potassium: 905mg (26%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 12g (13%)Vitamin A: 11640IU (233%)Vitamin C: 17mg (21%)Calcium: 155mg (16%)Iron: 5mg (28%)

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