I got this recipe from my sister's/ nieces blog several months ago. It sounded wonderful, but because it had some unknown ingredients, I didn't get around to making them until Sara (the niece in the blog) moved and donated all of her perishable food to me. Amongst the delicious items were these two sauces that this recipe requires. I made them a few days later and have been making them ever since. We love these Vietnamese sandwiches. They are easy to make, healthy and delicious. I like to plan to have them on the day I go to Costco because I can get the rolls and the rotisserie chicken there. We've tried several different rolls/ buns (all have been fine) but we especially like the Torta sandwich rolls from Costco. It calls for baguettes. Okay, so here's the recipe.
Make a pickling sauce with:
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
Mix well. Add:
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 or 2 carrots, grated
( We always have leftover of everything but the cucumber and carrots to make more sandwiches later, so if you want to have them again soon, do more cucumber and carrots)
Cover and put in fridge to marinate. The longer the better, but just a few minutes is fine.
When ready to make your sandwiches:
Spread the two sides of the roll/ baguette with light mayo
Fill with sliced chicken ( rotisserie is great, but any cooked chicken will do)
Chopped lettuce, cilantro, and chopped mint leaves
Then add the cucumber/ carrot mixture
Then drizzle with (here comes the weird sauces! But they are SO good and so worth the investment)
Siracha Sauce (Thai hot sauce) Go easy with this one. It's HOT!
Thai Sweet Chili Sauce -this stuff is delicious! Both of these sauces can be found in regular supermarkets. To see a picture of them, and much better pictures of this sandwich, go to http://www.howdoesshe.com/banh-appetit-banh-mi-vietnamese-sandwiches. Sarah, another niece does recipe posts for howdoesshe.com and did this one. All of her recipes are easy and delicious- well, at least the ones I've tried. And as Sarah says, Bahn appetit!