Vietnamese Banh Mi
One of my favourite things in Vietnamese cuisine is the Banh Mi, a Vietnamese style Baguette, usually filled with Xa Xiu pork, Do Chua (daikon and carrot pickles), coriander and chilli.
Since becoming a vegetarian, I did not want to miss out on Banh Mi. I made ones with tofu which are also super delicious, but wanted to try something new. That’s when I came across pulled jackfruit burgers and I thought, why not pulled jackfruit banh mi??
The texture of the jackfruit is like very tender meat, but before we make the jackfruit, we will need to prepare the daikon, carrot pickles first. I recommend making them the day before, because the longer they marinade, the better they taste!
Do Chua (Daikon, Carrot Pickles)
To make the pickles, cut/grate half a (medium) daikon and 3 carrots. I used a spiralizer 🙂
In a bowl, add salt and sugar (about 1 tbsp) and massage them into the daikon and carrots. Don’t be too sparse with the salt as it will be too bland otherwise. Let them soak for at least half an hour then squeeze out excess water by hand, one handful at a time. Proceed by adding about 2 tbsp of white wine or rice vinegar.
Mix well and leave to soak overnight for best results.
Pulled Jackfruit, Xa Xiu style
Now on to the jackfruit (exited!) You will need:
1 can (482g) young, green jackfruit in water
1 garlic glove, minced
1 shallot, minced
Xa Xiu Sauce
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice herbs
3 tbsps soy sauce
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1.5 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsps white wine
1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1.5 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic glove, minced
chilli to taste
- Drain the jackfruit and wash over with water. Take each of them and gently pull them apart and remove any seeds
- Heat some oil, fry the onion, garlic and add the jackfruit for a few minutes. Season with some salt and pepper and remove from pan.
- For the Xa Xiu sauce, add all ingredients and mix well on low heat until it becomes a bit sticky.
- Add the jackfruit and coat well with the sauce.
- You can eat it straight away or if you leave the marinade to set for a while, you will get more flavour
Now let’s fill those Banh Mis! Take your baguettes/white baton bread and cut them to your preferred size and cut them open.
Fill in with the jackfruit, daikon & carrot pickles, some chilli slices or pointed pepper if don’t like spicy, coriander and voila. You are ready to indulge in this incredibly amazing pulled jackfruit banh mi!