Spicy Pork Bulgogi Banh Mi

Spicy Pork Bulgogi Banh Mi

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

Gochujang Mayo

Sesame Mayo

Spicy Pork Bulgogi Banh Mi

Spicy Pork Bulgogi Banh Mi

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 4

Korean bulgogi, BBQ, pork done Vietnamese banh mi style with Vietnamese pickled daikon radish & carrots, kimchi, gochujang mayo and sesame mayo.

  1. Assemble the sandwiches and enjoy!

Gochujang Mayo

Prep Time: 1 minutes Total Time: 1 minutes Servings: 4

Mayonnaise with a spicy kick from gochujang, a Korean fermented chili bean paste

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang
  1. Mix until smooth.

Sesame Mayo

Prep Time: 3 minutes Total Time: 3 minutes Servings: 4
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
  1. Mix everything.


Maria said...

This sounds great!

Helene said...

Another one of your great sandwiches Kevin. I have never tried Daikon radish. That sounds good.

ThatJewCanCook said...

Kevin, this sounds really really really good. Did I mention how good it looks? I never had the bulgogi and banh mi flavor profile together, but now that you describe it, I know it has to rock!

Bee said...

Ahhh! I've yet to attempt cooking Korean, but I've been wanting to just try a bulgogi ANYTHING--so I might have to! Gonna wait a paycheck though, buying all the different spices and such is getting expensive :\

Samuel said...

i noticed that you didnt use any jalapenos. any reason why? also this sounds awesome. I am a Banh mi fanatic and im going crazy just looking at this.

ugogirl said...

Oh my! Can't wait to try this. I've been using your recipe for the pickled carrots and daikon a lot. Thanks for great recipes.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A very original sandwich! I love this idea. A wonderful masterpiece.



Maris (In Good Taste) said...

If this tastes half as good as it looks-winner!!! Looks incredible!

Joanne said...

I swear I can almost taste the spice and bold flavors emanating off of that sandwich!

Junglefrog said...

O that looks so good Kevin! I especially like the look of that first mayonaise! Gotta try that soon!

Kristin said...

I absolutely love korean bulgogi-its like my secret recipe ingredient! great when cooked with salmon!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I am loving all of these great sandwich ideas....

d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo said...

I'm taking a trip to the asian market this weekend - you are inspiring all of the ingredients I want to look for!!

sweetcarolinescooking said...

Looks delicious. I tried my first banh mi sandwhich at the nom nom food truck--they're amazing!

Justin said...

Hey Kevin, absolutely amazing. I love your sandwiches!

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Lizzie said...

Brilliant - the combination of Korean and Vietnamese flavours is inspired.

Foodafok said...

You're a professional.

souperior said...

This sounds (and looks) amazing! I'm utterly in love with Banh Mi, and the quirky twist of spicy mayo just sounds like the icing on the cake! Now to find out where on earth to find gochujang in London!

anonymous said...

Wow! Too funny! I had a Vietnamese roll at home and just finished making some beef bulgogi. Decided to make a beef bulgogi banh mi. Here I run into your recipe two days later. Too cool.

Anonymous said...

Dude, this was awesome. Made it the other week and loved it so much that we ate it again the following night. I totally got where you were going with the mayonaise. Using both made for a real treat.

Yaoli said...

This was so delicious! Especially the different mayo. Both mayo contributed to the flavor. We really like sesame oil so added 2 tsp for taste. We also did not put kimchi (our sandwiches were already bursting from so many ingredients!) Thank you for the great recipe!

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