Banh Mi Thit

Bánh Mì Thịt Xá Xíu

Bánh mì refers to Vietnamese baguette. It’s a heritage from the French colonial period. Thit means meat. Our spice blend includes authentic Vietnamese cinnamon. It’s not only sweet but a bit spicy as well.

Bánh Mì Thịt Xíu Mại

This recipe is for Bánh mì thit xá xíu with BBQ pork. You can use other meat or find the meatball version (Bánh mì thit xíu mai) below. 

Variations
  • Substitute pork with chicken, turkey, or tofu.
  • Substitute daikon with radish or turnip.
  • Substitute daikon and carrots with coleslaw.
The Bánh Mì Thịt Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Annatto, black pepper, Sichuan pepper (not recommended during pregnancy), fennel, Vietnamese cinnamon, star anise, and cloves.

Bánh Mì Xíu Mại
Bánh Mì Thịt Xíu Mại
Print Recipe
Banh Mi Thit
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb pork boneless (cutlet or belly)
  • 1 lb daikon and carrots mix 70:30
  • 2-4 Persian cucumber
  • 1-2 baguette
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 4 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine e.g. Marsala/ dry sherry/ white wine
  • 4-6 tbsp agave syrup or honey or sugar
  • 2-8 tbsp rice wine vinegar or white vinegar
  • oil
Optional
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce or 1 tbsp anchovy paste
  • mayonnaise
  • some sprigs cilantro
  • jalapenos
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Annatto, black pepper, Sichuan pepper (not recommended during pregnancy), fennel, Vietnamese cinnamon, star anise, and cloves
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb pork boneless (cutlet or belly)
  • 1 lb daikon and carrots mix 70:30
  • 2-4 Persian cucumber
  • 1-2 baguette
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 4 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine e.g. Marsala/ dry sherry/ white wine
  • 4-6 tbsp agave syrup or honey or sugar
  • 2-8 tbsp rice wine vinegar or white vinegar
  • oil
Optional
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce or 1 tbsp anchovy paste
  • mayonnaise
  • some sprigs cilantro
  • jalapenos
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Annatto, black pepper, Sichuan pepper (not recommended during pregnancy), fennel, Vietnamese cinnamon, star anise, and cloves
Instructions
Marinade
  1. Cut meat in 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a CONTAINER, mix garlic, tamari, cooking wine, 2 tbsp syrup, 1 tbsp oil.
  3. Optional add sesame oil, fish sauce.
  4. Stir in Banh Mi Spices.
  5. Add meat. Mix well.
  6. Let rest in the fridge for 2-24 hours. Stir halfway.
Pickles
  1. Cut daikon and carrots into thin match-like strips or shred them.
  2. In a BOWL, add 1 cup water.
  3. Add to taste: 2-4 tbsp syrup, vinegar, 1-2 tbsp salt.
  4. Let rest in fridge 2-24 hours.
Grill
  1. Preheat OVEN to 390°F.
  2. Place meat on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Bake 30 minutes.
  4. Turn halfway and brush meat with the marinade.
Cut
  1. Cut cucumber in strips.
  2. Cut meat thinly.
Assemble your Banh mi thit
  1. Place meat in your baguette.
  2. Add cucumber and pickles.
Optional
  1. Spread mayonnaise on one half of the baguette. Top with cilantro leaves and/or sliced jalapenos.
  2. Enjoy!
Print Recipe
Banh Mi Thit Xiu Mai
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
For the meatballs
  • 1 lb ground meat (pork veal, or poultry)
  • 1/2 lb jicama grated
  • 3 tomato/es chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
For the sauce
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • tomato paste
  • coconut or palm oil
For the pickles
  • 1 lb daikon and carrots mix 70:30
  • agave syrup or honey or sugar
  • rice wine vinegar or white vinegar
For serving
  • 2-4 Persian cucumber cut in thin strips
  • 1-2 baguette
Optional
  • tamari or soy sauce
  • fish sauce
  • mayonnaise
  • some sprigs cilantro
  • jalapenos sliced
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Annatto, black pepper, Sichuan pepper (not recommended during pregnancy), fennel, Vietnamese cinnamon, star anise, and cloves
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
For the meatballs
  • 1 lb ground meat (pork veal, or poultry)
  • 1/2 lb jicama grated
  • 3 tomato/es chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
For the sauce
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • tomato paste
  • coconut or palm oil
For the pickles
  • 1 lb daikon and carrots mix 70:30
  • agave syrup or honey or sugar
  • rice wine vinegar or white vinegar
For serving
  • 2-4 Persian cucumber cut in thin strips
  • 1-2 baguette
Optional
  • tamari or soy sauce
  • fish sauce
  • mayonnaise
  • some sprigs cilantro
  • jalapenos sliced
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Annatto, black pepper, Sichuan pepper (not recommended during pregnancy), fennel, Vietnamese cinnamon, star anise, and cloves
Instructions
Cook jicama
  1. In a small POT, bring water to boil and cook jicama for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
Pickles
  1. Cut daikon and carrots into thin match-like strips or shred them.
  2. Keep 2 tbsp cooked jicama aside and add remaining jicama to the daikon and carrots.
  3. In a BOWL, add 1 cup water.
  4. Add to taste: 2-4 tbsp syrup, vinegar, 1-2 tbsp salt.
  5. Let rest in fridge 1-24 hours.
Fry garlic and onions
  1. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp sesame oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onions. Fry over medium-low heat until the onions turn brown. Take them out and set aside to cool.
Prepare meatballs
  1. In a BOWL, mix ground meat, 2 tbsp jicama, fried garlic and onions, tapioca starch, and salt to taste. Mix well.
  2. Form meatballs. Use about 1 tbsp of the meat mixture for each meatball.
Steam meatballs
  1. In a large POT, place a deep soup plate. Fill water around the plate up to half of the height of the plate. Place meatballs in the plate. Cover POT. Heat water and steam meatballs for 15 minutes.
Sauce
  1. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil. Add onions and Banh Mi Spices. Mix well.
  2. Fry onions until they turn translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes and salt to taste. Cook over slow heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Add 1 cup of water and stir in 1-2 tbsp tomato paste.
  5. Season with tamari and fish sauce to taste.
  6. Add steamed meatballs and the liquid from its plate.
  7. Mix well and let cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring in between.
Assemble your Banh mi thit
  1. Place meat in your baguette.
  2. Add cucumber and pickles.
  3. Spread mayonnaise on one half of the baguette (optional).
  4. Top with cilantro leaves and/or sliced jalapenos (optional).
  5. Enjoy!