Vietnamese “Bánh mì” Sandwich

Vietnamese “bun” is a cold sandwich prepared with various proteins like chicken, pork and tofu. They are all served on a French bread with fresh herbs, peppers, carrots and cucumbers. It’s light, flavorful and very different then the tradition hoagie we are use to. In Philly we have many “bun” shops. They make for a quick and easy on the go lunch. The best part is that they usually cost under $5. Unfortunately, being gluten free makes it impossible to grab one when I want it but this recipe definitely satisfies the craving.


Gluten free baguette (best you can find!! Buy my favorite at
1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup basil
1 Tbsp. sirarcha
2 Tbsp. Korea BBQ sauce
1 medium carrot julienned
1 small cucumber julienned
¼ cup Vietnamese express fish sauce (it’s normal fish sauce with add garlic, ginger, vinegar. )
Salt and Pepper
2 tsp. Chinese five spice
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 hot pepper

1 chicken breast

First marinade chicken breast with Chinese five spine, salt, pepper, garlic and 1 Tbsp of Korean BBQ sauce. Roast chicken at 500 degrees for 10 min and flip half way. While chicken is cooking give the carrots, pepper and cucumbers a quick pickle by mixing them both in a bowl with the fish sauce and some salt and let it sit for a few minutes. Once chicken is done and cool to the touch, slice thin. The last step is to build the sandwich. Layer the chicken on the bottom, then add the chopped herbs on top and then the pickles veggies. Top it off with the remaining BBQ sauce and sirarcha. Sandwich is large, cut it in half and it makes a great lunch for two.

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