For today’s recipe, we’re going to make a delicious plant-based version of the famous one bánh mi Vietnam Nam (“Vietnamese-style bread”), one of the best sandwiches in the world. And we do it with an amazing ingredient: Pulled Jackfruit!
What makes jackfruit such a famous substitute for pork in vegan recipes?
Green jackfruit (AKA young jackfruit) has a “fleshy” flesh with many strands. And when you pull those strings, you get what looks like pulled pork!
In addition, thanks to its neutral taste, you can easily spice it up and adapt it to an infinite number of recipes.
So we made our Vietnamese Banh Mi Rolls with Pulled Jackfruit instead of the classic pork schnitzel. And for the jackfruit to play the part, we seasoned it nicely with garlic, ginger and tangy sriracha sauce.
As further ingredients you need the traditional accompanying vegetables:
Pickled carrots, crispy radish and fresh cucumbers for the filling;
Chilies and coriander for sprinkling.
next to the crispy baguette, Vietnamese banh mi also includes two other ingredients from France: meat pie and egg mayonnaise. But wait, why French? Let’s not make a Vietnamese recipe?
Banh mi is basically a mix of Vietnamese and French cuisine, a result of French influence in Vietnam in the 19th century.
Take traditional French food, add a generous sprinkling of Vietnamese flair, and you’ve got scrumptious things like banh mi and savory pate chaud pastries!
In our vegan banh mi recipe, we left out the patty and replaced egg mayo with vegan mayo. But if you want an even healthier alternative, you can make your homemade vegan mayo with cashews!
If you still have some jackfruit left after gulping down this delicious banh mi, use it in one of these delicious recipes: Jackfruit Crab Cakes, Jackfruit Biryani or Jackfruit Gyros.