Pork belly banh mi sandwich

We made a sandwich, famous in the states, not very well known in Europe, sold in Vietnam as street food and with French origins. It’s the Banh Mi sandwich.
It’s the perfect combination of fresh, pickled vegetables, savory pork belly and it’s served on a baguette. What’s not to like.

Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 people
Calories 280 kcal


  • 6 pieces sliced pork belly
  • 1 piece French baguette

For the brine

  • 2 L water
  • 1 piece Onion in slices
  • 2 cloves sliced garlic
  • 100 grams fine salt
  • 100 grams raw cane sugar
  • 5 pieces lime leaves

Pickled vegetables

  • 6 pieces carrots
  • 1/4 piece daikon
  • 2 pieces madame jeanette peppers
  • 250 ml vinegar

Fresh vegetables for the bread

  • 1/4 piece cucumber in slices
  • 3 pieces sliced spring onions
  • 1 tbsp Koriander
  • 1/2 tbsp BBQ dry rub to sprinkle on the pork belly
  • 1/2 tbsp Soy sauce


  • Create a brine, starting with 2 liters of water. Put in the rest of the ingredients, let the salt and sugar dissolve, and add the pork belly. Let this brine in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • When the brine is doing its work we make some pickled vegetables to balance out the pork. Slice the daikon and carrots into strips. Put them in a vinegar bath. Add the Madam Jeanette peppers to the vinegar and place it all in the fridge next to the pork belly.
  • Start the grill and make 2 zones. Grill the pork belly on both sides till you have a nice char. Then place the meat on the other zone to keep them warm.
  • Cut the baguette open and fill it with the pickled daikon and carrots, some cilantro, slices of cucumber, and fresh chopped spring onion.
  • Slice as many Madame Jeanette peppers as you can handle and put it on your sandwich. Sprinkle on a few tablespoons of soy sauce.
  • Slice the pork belly and finish the sandwich with it. Now eat it while its still warm.



Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 6gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10235mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 257IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Grilled, hot, Pork belly
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