There’s some sort of irrational connection between having a rough day and eating poorly. When I need a healthy, nutritional meal the most, I reach for 6 month old Halloween candy. It probably has something to do with the foreboding idea of having to create something healthy- a much more daunting task than opening a package of highly processed, artificial, refined sugary goodness. I was having a super busy weekend between hosting a party, baking intricately complicated french macroons for another party and preparing for an upcoming move. That weekend two good friends on two separate occasions brought me Banh Mi sandwiches (Thank you David and Jaenice!) it was my first experience with the vietnamese sandwich delight and I was lucky enough to have the first experience reinforced by a second dose the next day. It helped me get through a busy weekend on more than just coffee and cookies and it’s exactly what I needed. I made a mental note of these sammys and decided to try to make them on my own soon. After arriving to the sunny, 90 degree weather in TX and having left over pork roast from a small dinner party, I decided it was time to give it a shot. After partaking of my first try at making the sammy Buddy, a man of few words, said “Put this on your list of “regular recipes”. That’s saying a lot! Later that night as we were getting ready for bed he turned to me and said “those sandwiches were great!”
Let me help you beat that terrible habit by encouraging you to make this healthier, fresh, quick and super delicious sammy!
Hot Chili Mayo-
2/3 cup mayo
2 green onions, or 2 T diced red onion
1 T hot chili sauce (whats your favorite? Sriracha? Secret Aardvark habenero hot sauce is my absolute favorite!!)
Enough roasted meat for at least two hoagies.. this could be meatballs, roasted pork, bbq pork, roasted chicken, steak. cold leftovers are best
1 cups grated or diagonally sliced carrots
1 cucumber, cut in half and thinly sliced lengthwise
3 thinly sliced radishes
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
thinly sliced jalapeño (however much you like, or none at all)
handful of fresh cilantro springs (do NOT remove the leaves from the stems)
2-4 hoagie rolls (fresh is best)
1. Combine hot chili mayo ingredients and set aside.
2. Combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt in medium bowl. Stir until sugar is mostly dissolved. Toss in veggies until coated in mixture. Set aside in fridge for 20 mins if you can wait (or over night if you are prepping for lunch tomorrow).
3. Slice meat. Spread hot chili mayo on hoagie rolls. Layer meat on hoagie rolls.
4. Distribute veggies on top of meat. Add cilantro sprigs and jalapeño liberally on top of veggies.
5. Bring finished sammy up to lips and stare it in the eye and say “Good bye”