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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.