Whether you're looking to change up your usual pulled pork, or want to make your own banh mi, this Vietnamese banh mi pork is the perfect base. Easy to prepare in the slow cooker, it's tender, flavorful, and perfect for meal prep with lots of tasty possibilities!
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What's a Vietnamese banh mi?
Banh mi (technically spelt bánh mì) is a delicious sandwich from Vietnam that's probably one of the country's best known culinary exports. They're a common street food, prepared to order, and really reflect the county's culinary history.
The base is a small baguette, popular following the time as a French colony, often with paté, then using more local ingredients like cilantro and pickled vegetables.
Banh mi come with a range of toppings, but typically it's one or more meats, vegetables and condiments. Pork, Vietnamese sausage and pate are common, accompanied by cucumber, cilantro, pickled vegetables and chili sauce or mayo.
I've made a banh mi-style soft shell crab sandwich before, but never the more typical pork version. And I hate to say it, but I'm still not sharing a full sandwich right now (at least just yet!).
This, instead, is just the tender, delicious pork that is based on some of the pork options you might get to put inside. But it's well worth getting to know!
How can you use this pork?
As well as in banh mi sandwiches, this pork is also perfect for many other meals, such as the delicious Vietnamese-inspired rice bowls I've used it in the pictures here (along similar lines to my Vietnamese-style pork and rice bowl).
You could also try it with noodles or other grains as a hearty salad. Alternatively how about using it in some Asian-inspired tacos or as a filling for steamed bao buns.
How to make slow cooked banh mi pork
This pork could hardly be easier to make as all you do is:
- Mix together all of the cooking sauce ingredients
- Add the pork and toss so it is covered then leave it to cook low and slow in the slow cooker.
This Vietnamese banh mi pork is so easy to prepare and such a useful base for many dishes. Not only is it great to 'set it and forget it' the day you make it, but it works perfectly for meal prep since you can add it to a range of dishes. The only question is, how will you try it first?
Try these other Vietnamese favorites:
- Bo kho - Vietnamese beef stew
- Vietnamese chicken salad
- Vietnamese lemongrass pork
- Plus get many more ideas from the region in the Southeast Asian recipes archives.
Vietnamese banh mi pork
- ¼ cup brown sugar (¼ cup is 4 tbsp)
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup fish sauce
- ½ tablespoon lemongrass minced
- ½ tablespoon ginger minced/grated
- 2 cloves garlic minced/grated
- ¼ cup water
- 2 lb pork shoulder approx
- Combine the sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, lemongrass, ginger, garlic and water in the bottom of a slow cooker (ideally a similar width to the piece of pork). Stir together to mix and to help the sugar dissolve.
- Add the pork and turn so a bit of the cooking sauce sticks to the top of the pork, then cook on low for 6-8 hour until the pork is fall apart tender.
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