Vegan Bánh Mì

Bánh Mì, how I crave thee.

Bánh Mì s a baguette sandwich that exemplifies the fusion of Vietnamese and French cuisine. Merci, colonialism.

French ingredients include crusty baguette and mayonnaise, while the Vietnamese ingredients include cilantro, cucumber, shredded carrots and daikon radish. And heat! Lots of heat from hot peppers. Many forms of protein can be used: paté, pork, eggs, tofu, and seitan are all traditional (at least according to Wikipedia).

Vegan Bánh Mì Recipe for Two…or one really hungry you.

  • 2 petit pains or 5-6 inch sections of baguette (“French bread”)

    Banh Mi ingredients
    Banh Mi ingredients
  • vegan mayonnaise, such as Vegenaise, or avocado
  • generous handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • thin slices of cucumber (julienne or slightly larger)
  • shredded carrot (you can marinate this ahead of time in a little lemon juice and sesame oil)
  • shredded daikon radish, cabbage, or crunchy lettuce
  • 1 or 2 jalapeños or other hot peppers, cut in long strips
  • vegan protein of your choice: tofu, seitan, tempeh or faux meat, plain or marinated. I used “Chickenless Pulled Chicken” from Trader Joe’s.


Slice a concave or wedge-shaped cut into the bread, sort of like a canoe. (This ain’t your mama’s sub sandwich!)

Coat both sides of bread with Vegenaise or avocado.

Place cilantro, carrots, lettuce/radish/cabbage, cucumber, and jalapeños into the impression in the bread:

A bed of cilantro

Top with the vegan protein of your choice:

Ahhhh, Banh Mi. You are mine, all mine.

Place the top of the baguette, well, on top.

Hold it tight. Squeeze it together–things could get messy!



Start thinking about the next time you can make this.

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8 thoughts on “Vegan Bánh Mì

  1. I was *just* thinking about Bánh Mì. There’s a facebook event, “Worldwide Vegan Taco Day”, on August 4 and someone mentioned making this in a taco. I’d never heard of Bánh Mì, but I think I’ll try this!

    1. So good!! When you come to VVC in Portland, go to the Bye and Bye for the “Weeping Tiger” sandwich. It’s really similar and is just heavenly in an evil sort of way 😉

    2. Vegan since 1992 and author of two vegan cokboooks,Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine, and The Best of Vegan Cooking, which was released in March 2009. Both books published by Friends of Animals’ Nectar Bat Press.Count me in, too.

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