Lemongrass Pork Sandwich (Banh Mi Thit Noung)

Lemongrass Pork Sandwich (banh Mi Thit Noung)

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Vickie Parks


I combined recipes from two different sites, and I created this version of Banh Mi Thit Noung. It's quite good. Banh Mi is the Vietnamese word for bread and Thit Noung translates to grilled meat, which here it's grilled pork that's flavored from a lemongrass marinade. You'll find all sorts of Banh Mi specialty sandwiches that are commonly sold by street vendors throughout Viet Nam, and they can vary a great deal from region to region. This recipe lends itself well to adjustments, so feel free to increase or decrease ingredients and seasonings to suit your own taste buds.


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30 Min
15 Min



  • 1/2 c
    fresh lemongrass, minced
  • 1/4 c
    granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    black pepper
  • 4 medium
    shallots, peeled and minced
  • 3 clove
    garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    roasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    peanut oil (you can use vegetable or canola oil, but peanut oil imparts the best flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp
    kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 2 lb
    boneless pork but, cut 1/4-inch slices about 8 inches in length and 2 1/2 inches in width

  • 4 to 6
    8-inch baguette rolls, sliced lengthwise in the center
  • 1/2 bunch
    fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 to 3 medium
    jalapeño peppers, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c
    mayonnaise, for spread
  • ·
    pickled carrots and daikon (optional)

How to Make Lemongrass Pork Sandwich (Banh Mi Thit Noung)


  1. In a bowl, thoroughly mix all the Marinade ingredients. Add pork slices, cover bowl, and marinade in refrigerator for about 1 to 2 hours (or overnight). Discard excess marinade before use.
  2. For outdoor grill, preheat grill. Gently arrange marinated pork slices onto the grill. Grill until the pork is nicely charred on both sides and meat is thoroughly cooked, about 10 to 15 minutes.

    For indoor broiler oven, broil for 5-7 minutes on each side or until the meat is completely cooked and nicely charred.

    Remove pork from grill or broiler.
  3. Assemble the baguettes with mayonnaise spread, and then put the sliced Jalapeño chilies, a slice of grilled lemongrass pork, and finish off with a handful of pickled carrots, daikon, and cilantro leaves. Serve a whole baguette or cut the baguette into half.

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About Lemongrass Pork Sandwich (Banh Mi Thit Noung)

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Vietnamese
Hashtags: #asia #asian #Viet Nam

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