Lemongrass Pork Sandwich (banh Mi Thit Noung) Recipe

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Lemongrass Pork Sandwich (Banh Mi Thit Noung)

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)


1In 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.
2For 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.
3Assemble 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.

About this Recipe

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