vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaise

vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaiseI’m sure there are those of you that have never heard of a banh mi sandwich before, am I right?  You’re probably thinking what the heck is a banh mi sandwich.  Well, I didn’t know what one was either until this past spring when my friend Carolyn showed some photos on Instagram of her fixings for a banh mi sandwich.  Since then, I’ve seen these sandwiches popping up everywhere, it’s like my eyes were opened.  Banh mi is the perfect combination of french bread combined with Vietnamese ingredients like cilantro, pickled vegetables, and chilies.  Banh mi’s can be made with chicken, pork, beef, tofu, eggs and salmon and the sauces or spreads vary with each sandwich.  I chose to make a vegetarian version with roasted tofu from my miso kale salad recipe, and a sriracha mayonnaise sauce that our family loves.  This sriracha mayonnaise is also a great dip for fries, onion rings and as a topping for burgers.

There are a lot of components to these sandwiches, but please don’t let that turn you away from making these.  You can truly make most of the fixings ahead of time like the pickled veggies, the sriracha mayonnaise and even the miso roasted tofu.  Then all you have to do come dinner or lunch time is cut up some of the fresh veggies and assemble the sandwiches. I’ve made this particular sandwich 3 times so far and it’s a huge hit with the family.  Next up, I’m trying Carolyn’s banh mi with meatballs.  Yum!

vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaise

vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaise:

serves 4

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup  water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup carrot (about 1/2 of a carrot), peeled and cut into matchstick slices
  • 1/4 cup white daikon radish (about 1/2 of a radish), peeled and cut into matchstick slices – These radishes actually look like long white carrots
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, (about 1/2 of a red onion)
  • 1/2 of a cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced, seeds removed if you want less spice
  • handful of cilantro sprigs
  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons yellow or white miso  -  I used a yellow chickpea miso
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large baguette cut into 4 sandwich sized lengths or 4 small french baguettes

Sriracha mayonnaise:
recipe from white on rice couple

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

tofu banh mi sandwichesLet’s start out by pickling the carrots, radish and red onion in the vinegar.  Place the rice vinegar, water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.

DSC_0049Bring the mixture to a boil, and stir constantly using a spatula until the sugar has dissolved, about 30-60 seconds. Transfer the vinegar mixture to a bowl to cool.  I set mine in the refrigerator to cool off.

DSC_0024While the your mixture is cooling, peel and slice your carrot and radish into matchstick sized slices. I sliced my carrot and radish in half and then used my favorite new julienne peeler gadget from Kuhn Rikon to create the matchstick slices.  It’s so much easier than manually chopping the slices yourself.  I bought this gadget a month ago and I’ve used it 6 times, so it’s not a wasted gadget.  Peel and slice your red onion into thin slices.  Note: I was making a double batch of the pickled veggies, so that’s why you’re seeing double the veggies in the below photos.

DSC_0031Add the carrot, radish and onion to the cooled vinegar mixture and mix well.  Cover and set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes.  Drain off the excess vinegar mixture after the vegetables have marinated and you’re ready to use them.  I usually make this earlier in the day.

julienned vegetablesNow, it’s time to make up the sriracha mayonnaise.  You can really make this up anytime, like when the tofu is cooking or earlier that day.  Just make sure to store it in the fridge in a covered container.   This mayo is super simple to make.  Get out a small bowl and mix together the 6 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons sriracha, 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice and the 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce until well blended.  That’s all there is to it.  This mayo tastes great paired fries, onion rings and burgers.  You can just cut the recipe in half if you’re using it as a dip for fries or onion rings.

sriracha maynoaiseFast forward to dinner time.  Let’s make up the miso tofu.  You can also make up the miso tofu ahead of time or even the day before and just re-heat it in a 250 degree oven.

Below is a picture of miso. You can find it in the refrigerated section of your grocery store usually by where the tofu is kept.  Miso is a fermented soybean paste that adds flavor to dishes such as soups, sauces and salad dressings.  It’s high in protein, and rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s available in different colors, white, yellow, red & brown. If you want a milder flavor then go with yellow or white. If you want a stronger flavor then go with a red or brown miso. The lighter the color, the milder the flavor. I chose this yellow chickpea miso because I wanted a milder flavor and this version is soy-free.

miso pastePreheat oven to 425 degrees.

Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or brush on some olive oil. Make sure that you coat it well, because if you don’t, then the tofu will stick to the baking sheet.  I used my olive oil cooking spray.

Drain the tofu and wrap it in some paper towels and gently press out the excess moisture.  Cut the block of tofu into square cubes like the picture below.  I cut the block of tofu into 8 slices and then cut those in half to get these squares. It really doesn’t matter how you cut up your tofu, just make sure they are cut into even pieces.

cubed tofuCombine the 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons miso and the 2 cloves minced garlic in a large bowl, and use a spatula to mix it together. It will resemble a thick paste.

miso paste with lemon and garlic_Add the tofu squares to the mixture and gently toss to coat.  It may not look like there is enough mixture to cover all of the tofu, but there is.

Spread the marinated tofu in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

miso roasted tofuBake the tofu on the middle rack, turning once during baking, until browned, about 18-20 minutes, or until the tofu is browned on both sides.

miso roasted tofuMeanwhile, while the tofu is cooking, you can prep the rest of the veggies. Peel and thinly slice up your cucumber, wash your cilantro, wash and slice up your jalapeño, set these aside.

Slice the baguette into 4 sandwich sized lengths.  Slice them each in half and pull the center of the bread out of the baguette halves, leaving a cavity for the filling.

Now that all of your ingredients are prepped and ready to go, we can make the sandwiches!  You can really assemble the sandwiches anyway you want.   I’ll just show you how we assembled ours below.

Take the bottom half of your bread and spread on a nice layer of the sriracha mayo. We also spread some of the sriracha mayo on the top half of the bread as well.  We really like our sriracha mayo!

sriracha mayo on baguetteLayer on some cucumber slices.

sriracha mayo and cucumber on baguetteLayer on the tofu and top it with some sriracha mayo as well (only if you want, we did and loved it).

tofu on banh miTop the tofu with the pickled veggies, the cilantro and sliced jalapeño.  If you don’t like things spicy, then you can omit the jalapeño.

how to make a tofu banh mi sandwichWe paired these sandwiches with some lacinato kale salad and it was the perfect meatless dinner.

vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaiseYou will have some leftover tofu, but no worries, you can top it on some of the leftover kale salad for lunch or make up a fresh batch of the miso caesar salad and make a kale caesar salad wrap.  Just top a whole-grain tortilla with the leftover kale salad, the warmed tofu and then smash an avocado on top and wrap it up.  Just re-heat the tofu in a 250 degree oven until warmed.

kale caesar salad wrapYou can also top the leftover tofu on some cold soba noodles.

cold soba noodles with miso roasted tofu and summer vegetables

vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaise

Rating: 51

Serving Size: serves 4

vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup carrot (about 1/2 of a carrot), peeled and cut into matchstick slices
  • 1/4 cup white daikon radish (about 1/2 of a radish), peeled and cut into matchstick slices - These radishes actually look like long white carrots
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, (about 1/2 of a red onion)
  • 1/2 of a cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced, seeds removed if you want less spice
  • handful of cilantro sprigs
  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons yellow or white miso - I used a yellow chickpea miso
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large baguette cut into 4 sandwich sized lengths or 4 small french baguettes
  • Sriracha mayonnaise:
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

Instructions

Let's start out by pickling the carrots, radish and red onion in the vinegar. Place the rice vinegar, water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Bring the mixture to a boil, and stir constantly using a spatula until the sugar has dissolved, about 30-60 seconds. Transfer the vinegar mixture to a bowl to cool. I set mine in the refrigerator to cool off.

While the your mixture is cooling, peel and slice your carrot and radish into matchstick sized slices. I sliced my carrot and radish in half and then used my favorite new julienne peeler gadget from Kuhn Rikon to create the matchstick slices. It's so much easier than manually chopping the slices yourself. I bought this gadget a month ago and I have used it 6 times, so it's not a wasted gadget. Peel and slice your red onion into thin slices.

Add the carrot, radish and onion to the cooled vinegar mixture and mix well. Cover, set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Drain off the excess vinegar mixture after the vegetables have marinated and you're ready to use them. I usually make this earlier in the day.

Now, it's time to make up the sriracha mayonnaise. You can really make this up anytime, like when the tofu is cooking or earlier that day. Just make sure to store it in the fridge in a covered container. This mayo is super simple to make. Get out a small bowl and mix together the 6 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons sriracha, 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice and the 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce until well blended. That's all there is to it. This mayo tastes great paired fries, onion rings and burgers. You can just cut the recipe in half if you're using it as a dip for fries or onion rings.

Fast forward to dinner time. Let's make up the miso tofu. You can also make up the miso tofu ahead of time or even the day before and just re-heat it in a 250 degree oven.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or brush on some olive oil. Make sure that you coat it well, because if you don’t, then the tofu will stick to the baking sheet. I used my olive oil cooking spray.

Drain the tofu and wrap it in some paper towels and gently press out the excess moisture Cut the block of tofu into square cubes like the picture below. I cut the block of tofu into 8 slices and then cut those in half to get these squares. It really doesn’t matter how you cut up your tofu, just make sure they are cut into even pieces.

Combine the 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons miso and the 2 cloves minced garlic in a large bowl, and use a spatula to mix it together. It will resemble a thick paste.

Add the tofu squares to the mixture and gently toss to coat. It may not look like there is enough mixture to cover all of the tofu, but there is.

Spread the marinated tofu in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the tofu on the middle rack, turning once during baking, until browned, about 18-20 minutes, or until the tofu is browned on both sides.

Meanwhile, while the tofu is cooking, you can prep the rest of the veggies. Peel and thinly slice up your cucumber, wash your cilantro, wash and slice up your jalapeño, set these aside.

Slice the baguette into 4 sandwich sized lengths. Slice them each in half and pull the center of the bread out of the baguette halves, leaving a cavity for the filling.

Now that all of your ingredients are prepped and ready to go, we can make the sandwiches! You can really assemble the sandwiches anyway you want. I'll just show you how we assembled ours below.

Take the bottom half of your bread and spread on a nice layer of the sriracha mayo. We also spread some of the sriracha mayo on the top half of the bread as well. We really like our sriracha mayo!

Layer on some cucumber slices.

Layer on the tofu and top it with some sriracha mayo as well (only if you want, we did and loved it).

Top the tofu with the pickled veggies, the cilantro and sliced jalapeño. If you don't like things spicy, then you can omit the jalapeño.

We paired these sandwiches with some lacinato kale salad and it was the perfect meatless dinner.

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  • Kristina @ Love & Zest September 18, 2013, 3:36 pm

    These look amazing!! I’m always looking for new creative recipes. I haven’t ever tried a bahn mi sandwich before but it really sounds good.

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    • jackiegrandy September 18, 2013, 4:44 pm

      Hi Kristina! You will love this sandwich and so will your hubby. It’s so full of flavor and it’s super filling ;)

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  • Laura September 18, 2013, 3:58 pm

    I need to order that julienne gadget asap! Look how perfect your veggies came out. That would seriously save me so much time, and probably save my finger tips too! And good to know there’s a chickpea miso out there, never thought to look for a soy-free miso and I try to be as soy free as I can. Cheers! Laura

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    • jackiegrandy September 18, 2013, 4:43 pm

      Hi Laura! I saw this gadget on another blog and I went out that day and bought one. I hate chopping veggies into matchstick sized pieces, so this saves a lot of time! Yes, I love this particular miso and it’s mild enough for the kids! I bought it at Whole Foods, so if you have one near you, and they don’t carry it, then just request it. Have a great day Laura :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 18, 2013, 4:16 pm

    These look so delicious. I’ve had 1 before but yours might be prettier!

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    • jackiegrandy September 18, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Thanks girl! :)

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  • Kitchen Belleicious September 18, 2013, 6:53 pm

    okay now girl this is awesome. I love the creativity you can have with the idea of the “banh mi” sandwich. like using pork or chicken or tofu, etc. and the spices alone with that sauce are making me want to run to the store right now! You can’t do that to me because I am trying to enjoy my only 30 minutes of peace before picking up the little man from mommys day out! LOL!

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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks September 19, 2013, 1:40 am

    Love that it’s a veg-based sammie and sriracha mayonnaise – yes please, extra! On everything. Pinned!

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  • Jaclyn September 19, 2013, 1:36 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. You know how much I’ve been dying to try this and now I am even MORE so! This is exactly my kind of food.

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  • 2 Sisters Recipes September 19, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Mmmm Jackie this sandwich sounds really good. I never heard of this sandwich but I bet its delicious! And, I never thought of baking Tofu and adding it to a sandwich – what a great idea! Love the mayo recipe too! Good Job!

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  • Whitney September 19, 2013, 8:47 pm

    I just finished printing half of the recipes on your site hahaha I can’t wait to get in the kitchen this weekend and try some of them out! What an amazing blog… thanks for sharing your yummy recipes, gorgeous pictures and healthy menu options!

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    • jackiegrandy September 19, 2013, 9:05 pm

      Hi Whitney! Thanks so much for your amazing comment! It made my day :) I can’t wait to hear what you make up! xoxo, Jackie

      Reply
  • Sharon B. September 25, 2013, 4:51 am

    Oh yeah, this looks awesome! So fresh and flavorful looking. I have got to try this one too! I say that about all your recipes. :) xoxo, Sharon

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    • jackiegrandy September 25, 2013, 1:36 pm

      Haha! I say that as well! Sorry I never got the salmon banh mi out, I need to work on that one still! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Ria March 6, 2014, 7:23 am

    Hi! This looks delicious! Love a good banh mi! Question: would you leave the veggies in the pickling liquid if you were making this a day or two ahead of time? Just thinking of meal planning for the week and how it would be easier to make this and leave it in a mason jar ahead of time. Or would I be better off draining the liquid and the refrigerating the veggies? Thanks!

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    • jackiegrandy March 9, 2014, 12:20 am

      Hi Ria! I would think that you could leave the veggies in the pickling liquid, just be sure to drain them before you use them on the sandwich. I think if you took them out of the liquid then they would loose all their flavor! I hope you enjoy the sandwiches! I think I need to make these this week as it’s going to be warm and sunny here. :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • M- March 31, 2014, 4:27 am

    These were awesome! Even my tofu hating brother had three (small) sandwiches, they were amazing, thank you!

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    • jackiegrandy April 2, 2014, 5:02 pm

      Yaay! I’m so happy that you loved these banh mi sandwiches. I need to make them up again soon, and yes, the tofu doesn’t taste like tofu, so that’s a bonus! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Sheeky May 8, 2014, 10:31 pm

    I just made this sandwich and it is incredible! The miso and garlic marinade is fantastic! I’m definitely adding this to my bag of superior recipes!

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  • Christopher Lovell May 25, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the recipe.

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    • jackiegrandy May 30, 2014, 3:22 am

      You’re so welcome Christopher :) I’m glad you liked it! xoxo, Jackie

      Reply
  • Anonymous August 14, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Thank you for the great vegan recipe! I made these the other night and they came out just perfectly, everyone loved them!

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