I woke one morning about two weeks ago
wanting, craving, absolutely determined to have a vegan bahn mi sandwich. Problem is, that doesn't exist as an option in good ole' south Florida. Luckily, with a quick run to the supermarket and the local Asian market, it's not that difficult to put one together yourself :) And even better than Alex and Marlowe both will not/cannot turn down a good Asian feast at home.
Vietnamese or French baguette
thin sliced, fried tofu (or seitan or bean curd)*
super thin sliced (or mandolined) cucumber strips
thin sliced green onions
quick pickled, julienned carrot, daikon radish, or unripened mango--- any or all**
fresh herbs-- we used a combination of mint, thai basil, and cilantro.
vegan mayo (I like vegenaise)
vegetarian fish sauce***
*to prepare tofu: extra firm tofu works best. drain out water, wrap tofu block in thick kitchen towel, place a heavy pot or dish on top and let sit for 20+ minutes. Slice up tofu, and fry in generous amounts of frying oil (canola, vegetable, or coconut). Season with salt. &If you'd like, you can always marinate the tofu in soy sauce before frying.
**to prepare quick pickled vegetables: I liked the combination of the three vegetables/fruits, but if it's easier, feel free to just use carrots--- or whatever you prefer. Julienne them, and toss in a bit of vinegar (rice or apple cider vinegar would work best) with a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Let sit, while you prepare the rest of your ingredients. Also, seriously, I don't use my mandoline everyday or even every week, but when I need to, oh boy it is REALLY handy! Make things like this a snap!
***vegetarian fish sauce: most asian markets should carry it. It may not be the healthiest/most natural of products, but a little bit here and there won't kill you. Feel free to omit if preferred or if necessary. Soy sauce and/or sriracha make a great topper too.
1. Toast your baguette in oven at 350 for a few minutes (until lightly toasted and warmed)
2. Slice open baguette, spread on a bit of vegan mayo.
3. Pile in toppings!
4. Pour a bit of fish sauce on that bad boy.
5. Garnish with lime