Vegetarian Banh Mi
There is a very small hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese Deli on Spadina in Toronto that serves mostly banh mi. You can go in and it costs only a twonie (two Canadian dollars) for a delicious sandwich. Usually banh mi has meat in it, but this deli made a vegetarian adaptation with tofu. After I left Toronto, I missed that deli and that sandwich so much, that I've made my own adaptation of it.
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- 1 small
- red onion, finely sliced
- cucumber, seeded and julienned
- large-ish carrot, shredded
- 1 pkg
- firm tofu, cut into about 1 inch strips
- 2 tsp
- chili garlic sauce
- 2 small
- limes, juice only
- ~3/4 tsp
- salt and pepper (to taste, really)
- ~2 tsp
- lemongrass powder
- small french baguettes
- green chili pepper, seeded and sliced
1Mix together chili sauce, lime juice, and salt and pepper, then pour over vegetables and tofu. Sprinkle lemongrass powder over all and toss to mix. Let sit at least one hour to marinate (I leave mine overnight).
2In a frying pan over medium heat, heat all the filling ingredients just until hot.
3Spread mayonnaise (I used wasabi mayonnaise) on both sides of a french baguette. Place some rocket leaves inside the baguette, then spoon in the filling. Add green chili peppers according to your preference. Enjoy.