Blackberry Hoisin Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich

Rebecka Evans


It may seem like a lot of steps to accomplish this amazing sandwich however, each step only takes a few minutes to prepare while meatballs are cooking. The flavor combinations are what makes this dish sing!!

Featured Pinch Tips Video

☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes
1 Hr
10 Min



head napa cabbage
10 oz
package shredded carrots (about 3 1/2 cups)
english cucumber
2 c
2 cups warm water
2 1/2 c
distilled white vinegar
1 c
sugar plus 4 tablespoons
1 tsp
sea salt


1 lb
ground turkey
1/2 lb
ground pork
18 oz
blackberry jelly (divided)
8 1/2 oz
jar hoisin sauce (divided)
1 1/2 Tbsp
fresh minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp
fresh grated ginger
1/2 c
panko crumbs
2 tsp
dried chinese five spice
1 c
minced scallions
1 large
2 Tbsp
soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp
sesame oil


1 1/2 c
blackberry jelly
1/2 c
hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp
coarse ground mustard


1 tsp
toasted sesame seeds for garnish
serrano chiles thinly sliced (1 minced for mayonnaise)
1 bunch
cilantro, fresh
french or italian baguettes


1 c
vietnamese or regular mayonnaise
1 tsp
minced serrano chili


Step 1 Direction Photo

1For the Vietnamese Pickles
Wash and pat dry Napa cabbage, and cucumber
Thinly slice cabbage and add to a large mixing bowl
With a vegetable peeler remove cucumber skin leaving a few slices of green for color
Thinly slice cucumber and add to bowl with cabbage
Toss carrots into mixing bowl
In a small bowl combine 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon salt, pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Allow vegetables to rest for 5 minutes
In a large mixing bowl combine water, vinegar, 2 cups hot tap water and sugar, stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside until ready to use
Toss vegetables once more, pour into a colander and rinse with cold water to remove sugar and salt mixture
Pour pickling liquid over vegetables, cover and refrigerate until ready to use (can be made in advance, and lasts up to 4 weeks in refrigerator)

Step 2 Direction Photo

2For the Meatballs
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl combine ground meats
Peel ginger and grate, peel garlic and mince, and finely chop scallions
Once this is done, add the ingredients to the meat mixture
Finally, add 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, Chinese Five Spice, panko crumbs, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil to the meat mixture, and mix well, using hands if necessary to distribute spices evenly
Line a baking sheet with parchment or silpat
Using hands, roll meat mixture into meatballs using about 1 ounce of meat mixture (use a kitchen scale if you're not sure of size)
Place meatballs on lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart, brush tops of meatballs with more blackberry hoisin sauce, and and bake for 8-12 minutes

3For the Blackberry Hoisin Sauce
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 cups blackberry jelly, 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, 1 tablespoon coarse ground mustard. Whisk and bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, keep warm until ready to use

4For the Mayonnaise
Mix 1 teaspoon minced serrano chili with Vietnamese Mayonnaise (any real mayonnaise will do) as set aside until ready to plate sandwiches.

Step 5 Direction Photo

5To Assemble
Slice toasted french baguettes in half, cut in half if using 12 inch baguettes to create 6 inch sandwiches, scoop out some of the soft middle of each bread half, to make room for the filling
Remove about 2 cups pickles from liquid and drain, keep in a small container until ready to plate the dish
Spread about 1 tablespoon prepared mayonnaise over both side of baguette,
Place a few teaspoons pickles over bottom of baguette then top with 4-5 meatballs
Add more pickles, cilantro, thinly sliced serrano chili and a drizzle blackberry hoisin sauce
Sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds, serve