Vietnamese Sandwich


While teaching English in Asia the past several years, I've been lucky to exchange some delicious and authentic recipes with local people. This Vietnamese banh mi sandwich is awesome, and it is a nice break from common sandwiches. The garlic chili sauce is common in Asian sections of markets but Indonesian sambal or Korean chili paste can also be substituted. Beer or red wine is the beverage of choice for this authentic recipe of French-influenced Vietnamese cuisine.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 4 boneless pork loin chops, cut 1/4 inch thick

  • 4 (7 inch) French bread baguettes, split lengthwise

  • 4 teaspoons mayonnaise, or to taste

  • 1 ounce chile sauce with garlic

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 small red onion, sliced into rings

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced lengthwise

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven's broiler. Place the pork chops on a broiling pan and set under the broiler. Cook for about 5 minutes, turning once, or until browned on each side.

  2. Open the French rolls and spread mayonnaise on the insides. Place one of the cooked pork chops into each roll. Spread chile sauce directly on the meat. Sprinkle with a little lime juice and top with slices of onion, cucumber, cilantro, salt and pepper. Finish with another quick drizzle of lime juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

627 Calories
12g Fat
72g Carbs
55g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 627
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 908mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 55g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 984mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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