Vegetarian/Vegan Bahn Mi Sandwich
Bahn Mi Sandwich
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: sandwich, Tofu, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories: 757kcal
Author: Chef Bill Collins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra firm tofu ((pressed dry, if possible))
  • ¼ cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon five spice powder
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetarian "fish" sauce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

For Pickled Vegetables

  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups julienned carrots (about 1/8 inch thick)

To Finish the Sandwiches:

  • 2 baguettes (thin crusted, partially split lengthwise)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 small cucumber (preferably kirby, cut into 1/8 inch thick julienne strips)
  • scallions
  • 6 leaves green leaf lettuce
  • Siracha Sauce

Instructions

To Prepare the Tofu

  • Slice the tofu into approximately ¼” slices. Cut each slice in half, on the diagonal
  • Combine the soy sauce, vinegar, agave, sesame oil, five spice, and fish sauce. Add the sliced tofu to the soy sauce mixture, and let it marinate for 1 – 24 hours
  • Remove the tofu from the marinade, and pat it dry. Set the marinade aside
  • Heat a large skillet over a medium-high heat. When it’s heated, add a tablespoon of oil, and add the tofu, and cook it until it’s browned, approximately 3-5 minutes per side. Do not over-crowd the pan. You may need to do this in a few batches.
  • When it’s browned, add the reserved marinade, coating all of the tofu. Once the sauce has come to a simmer, remove it from the heat. Separate the tofu from the marinade, and put the marinade in a bowl, so the heat of the pan doesn’t evaporate the sauce

Make the pickled vegetables

  • Whisk the vinegar, sugar, and salt together until dissolved. Add the carrots and toss well
  • Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to one day. Drain the carrots well before putting them in the sandwich

To Make the sandwiches

  • Spread the mayonnaise on the top half of the baguettes.
  • Divide the tofu evenly between the two baguettes
  • Top the tofu with the well-drained pickled carrots, cucumber, scallions, lettuce, and a squirt of Sriracha
  • Drizzle the braising liquid over the sandwich filling. Cut each baguette crosswise into halves or thirds and serve

Notes

This is enough to fill two baguettes
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian/Vegan Bahn Mi Sandwich
Amount per Serving
Calories
757
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
37
g
57
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
15
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
17
g
Cholesterol
 
6
mg
2
%
Sodium
 
2577
mg
112
%
Potassium
 
1166
mg
33
%
Carbohydrates
 
86
g
29
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
72
g
80
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
32395
IU
648
%
Vitamin C
 
15
mg
18
%
Calcium
 
166
mg
17
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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