Banh Mi Sandwich w/ Lemongrass Pork – Pai’s Kitchen

Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I absolutely LOVE banh mi. I never knew what they were until I moved to N. America where these Vietnamese sandwiches have become increasingly popular! As it turns out, it’s super easy to make, and it’s such a great thing to serve at a party — a make-your-own-banh-mi party, anyone?

The great thing is you can make it as much or as little work on yourself as you want, depending on how many things you want to make from scratch. Feeling lazy? Buy all the ingredients and just assemble. Feeling hardcore? You can make everything, even your own mayo!

In this video, I take what I believe is a good middle-of-the-road approach, and I make 2 important elements of the sandwich: the carrot and daikon pickle, and a delicious grilled lemongrass pork tenderloin!

Another key is to choose bread that is light and crisp on the outside and fluffy and soft on the inside. Not the crusty, dense European style baguette. I always just get the bread from my favourite banh mi restaurant which is always perfect!

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Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant is the author of the Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook, co-host of a Canadian TV series One World Kitchen on Gusto TV, and creator and host of the YouTube channel Pailin’s Kitchen.

Pai was born and raised in southern Thailand where she spent much of her “playtime” in the kitchen. She traveled to Canada to study Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and was later trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco.

After working in both Western and Thai professional kitchens, she decided that her passion really lies in educating and empowering others to cook at home via YouTube videos, her cookbook, and cooking classes. She currently lives in Vancouver, and goes to Thailand every year to visit her family. Visit her at