A few weeks ago when I made the porchetta I needed a 2 pound pork shoulder bu the smallest that I could get was a 4 pounder so I cut it in half and froze the extra. Since I have been trying to clear some space in the freezer lately I wanted to use it soon and as luck would have it I had just the thing in mind! I have been into banh mi sandwiches lately and while I was enjoying the last one, a Vietnamese BBQ pulled pork banh mi, I remembered thinking that it would probably work with other kinds of meat and in particular daeji bulgogi, a Korean spicy BBQ pork .
For this Vietnamese and Korean fusion sandwich, I went with some Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon radish and some kimchi in addition to the spicy Korean BBQ pork as fillers. I wanted to go with a mayonnaise that had a hit of Korean flavour but I was torn between two; a spicy gochujang mayo and a sesame mayo, and in the end I decided to just go with both. The spicy pork bulgogi banh mi turned out really well! The sweet and spicy marinated pork went particularly well with the Vietnamese pickles and the mayo helped tame the heat of both the pork and the kimchi. I am glad that I went with both of the tasty mayonnaises and I liked that all of the pickles helped cut through their creaminess cleansing your palate so that you were ready for the next bite. I am looking forward to enjoying some more of these sandwiches!
Spicy Pork Bulgogi Banh Mi
Korean bulgogi, BBQ, pork done Vietnamese banh mi style with Vietnamese pickled daikon radish & carrots, kimchi, gochujang mayo and sesame mayo.
- 1 baguette, cut into 4 sandwich sized pieces and sliced in half
- 1 pound daeji bulgogi (Korean spicy BBQ pork), warm
- 1 batch Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon radish
- 1/2 cup kimchi
- 1/4 cup gochujang mayo (see below)
- 1/4 cup sesame mayo (see below)
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Assemble the sandwiches and enjoy!
Mayonnaise with a spicy kick from gochujang, a Korean fermented chili bean paste
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon gochujang
- Mix until smooth.
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted and ground
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
- Mix everything.