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Vegan Banh Mi Sandwich

vegan banh mi sandwich

What is a Banh Mi?

A banh mi sandwich is a hybrid between Vietnam and France bringing together two beautiful things – bread and flavour!

Traditionally it’s made with pate’s and marinated meats but of course we’re making a vegan version! So I’ve used tofu as it carries flavour so well. Using a tofu press to make it perfect for a crispy edge, this is packed with flavour and texture.

What’s in a vegan banh mi?

Tofu- I find tofu carries flavour SO well. I used to hate it and viewed it as a bland white crumbly mess, however since learning how to prepare and cook it,  it’s now one of my favourite ingredients. You need to press / drain all the liquid, marinade in delicious ingredients like garlic and ginger and cook on a high heat!

Crunchy Baguette, You want something crunchy and delicious on the outside and beautifully and fluffy on the inside. The freshly baked bread aisle is the best place to find this in shops such as Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc…

Vegan Mayo- What goes better with a crunchy baguette than delicious vegan mayo. I used Hellmans vegan mayo, trust me, it’s better than the original.

Sriracha – This is not a traditional ingredient as it doesn’t originate from Vietnam however it’ll add a lovely kick to this sandwich.


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vegan banh mi sandwich

Vegan Banh Mi Sandwich

Vegan twist on the classic French- Vietnamese hybrid sandwich packed with tofu, pickled veg and sriracha. Full of flavour and perfect for making packed lunches.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2 crunchy baguettes
  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 radishes to pickle
  • 1/2 cucumber to pickle
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha

To marinade the tofu:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tamari
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp sugar

Quick pickle for the radish & cucumber

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Prep the tofu (can be done by hours in advance if preferred) by placing the block into a tofu press. If you don't have a press simply squeeze in kitchen roll to remove the moisture
  • Prep the pickles by slicing or using a julienne then add to a jar of the pickle mix (just vinegar, water, sugar and salt) and set aside for a few minutes
  • Mix the marinade in a large bowl, slice the tofu into squares, then in half to make a triangle shape and add to the marinade, toss to ensure it's all coated then fry for around 4 minutes on each side until crispy
  • Prep the baguettes by slicing in half, adding a thick layer of vegan mayo and a dash or sriracha mayo
  • Layer up with lettuce, the fried tofu, top with the pickled radish, cucumber and carrots, top with a little more sriracha and enjoy!

Notes

If pressing the tofu:
I used @tofutureltd press:
Remove the packaging from the firm tofu
Place the tofu on the middle tray, place the lid over the top
Using the bands on the side attach the lid to the base and set aside
You can set aside hours before, or if you're strapped for time, place the press on the tightest band and set aside for 10 minutes
Pickles - You can make the pickles 10 minutes in advance or a whole day in advance if you fancy! They work perfectly in salads too.
Cooking the tofu: Use a high heat and a good quality pan to prevent it sticking, fry in a drizzle of sesame oil if you don't have a non stick pan.
 

If you like this recipe, why not try my Kimchi Cheese Wrap Hack

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Dinner Recipe

Chilli, Peanut & Tofu Ramen

chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan

Ingredients:

For the stock

1 red onion, finely chopped

3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped

3/4 red chilli, thinly sliced (save the other quarter to garnish with)

thumb sized piece of fresh ginger (half grated and half finely chopped)

juice squeezed from 1/2 lime

1 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)

1 tsp brown miso paste

700ml stock (feel free to add 1l of stock to make a bigger batch)

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tbsp peanut oil

200g udon noodles (if you're gluten free, soba noodles work really well too)

 

To Garnish:

1 tsp sesame seeds per bowl

1/4 chilli thinly sliced

 

 

For the tofu

2 tbsp peanut butter

juice squeezed from 1/2 lime

1 block firm tofu 280g, cut into 3cm

1 tsp tamari / soy sauce

 

 

 

Top with:

1 tsp sesame seeds

few slices of fresh chilli

fresh coriander (optional)

handful toasted peanuts

Method:

Drain the firm tofu then slice into 3cm cubes, add all of the marinade ingredients into a bowl, whisk then coat the sliced tofu and leave to marinade for around 15-30 minutes (overnight is even better)

Finely chop the red onion, the chopped half of the ginger and chilli then add to a pan with the peanut oil, fry for 5-6 minutes

Finely chop the garlic cloves then add to the pan to fry for a further 1-2 minutes

Add the vegetable stock, brown sugar, miso, tamari, squeeze of lime and grated ginger and bring to a simmer for around 10 minutes

Place a frying pan on a medium heat with a drizzle of peanut oil then add the marinated tofu and fry for around 4 minutes on each side until crispy then keep on a low heat until the ramen is ready

*If you want a silky smooth ramen, simply pour the liquid through a sieve to remove any chopped onion or chunks of ginger

Place the udon noodles in the miso soup and heat for around 5 minutes, then taste test adding a little more seasoning if needed

Serve up and garnish with a squeeze of lime, 1/2 tsp sesame seeds per bowl and thinly sliced red chilli along with the  fried tofu. Top with a few toasted peanuts and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan
chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan
chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan