Are you a fan of Vietnamese food? I can’t get enough. I’d eat pho every day until the day I died if I could—vegan pho, that is. I’m not sure why it appeals to me so much, but I’m lucky enough to spend most of my time in New York City, where I can get it pretty readily. Sadly, though, my favorite pho place shut down recently, so I’m on the search for a new spot that I like just as much.
I’ve never tried to make pho at home because it’s pretty tricky to get right, but that doesn’t mean I won’t give it a shot in the near future. In the meantime, there’s the Banh Mi sandwich. I see it as pho, but without the broth. And it’s on a roll instead of in a bowl (a rhyme!). It’s actually super easy to make, which is part of why I tried it. Many of the Banh Mi sandwiches I’ve found in the city aren’t vegan, and if they are, they usually include tofu (not my favorite). So I whipped this one up with seitan. It’s “meaty,” spicy, and pretty sweet. Plus, it’s on a baguette! How can you beat that?
This dish is surprisingly refreshing, so it’s perfect for this warm weather that’s upon us.
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Seitan Banh Mi Sandwich
- Pickled vegetables
- ¼ cup matchstick carrots
- ¼ cup matchstick daikon radish
- ½ cup rice vinegar
- Seitan marinade
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. garlic
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar lightly packed
- 1 tsp. sweet chili sauce
- Sriracha mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup vegan mayonnaise I use Earth Balance Mindful Mayo
- 1 tsp. lemon
- 1 tsp. sriracha
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 10 oz. seitan I suggest the Nut-Free Vegan “Chicken”-Flavored Seitan recipe
- 2 baguettes
- 4 thin cucumber slices
- 1 large jalapeño sliced
- ⅓ cup cilantro
- In small bowl, mix carrots, daikon, and rice vinegar. Let sit 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Mix seitan marinade in medium bowl, then add seitan. Let marinate 10 minutes.
- Mix sriracha mayonnaise ingredients together and set aside.
- Heat olive oil over medium heat, add seitan and remaining marinade. Cook 10 minutes.
- Coat both sides of baguette with sriracha mayonnaise. Add cooked marinated seitan, cucumbers, pickled vegetables, jalapeño slices, and cilantro.