Grilled Lemongrass Pork Bánh Mì Recipe

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Norma Published: January 12, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Grilled Lemongrass Pork Bánh Mì

Make a Vietnamese favorite right at your kitchen with our pork bánh mì recipe. Pork slices marinated with lemongrass and grilled serve as filling.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours



For Pickled Vegetables:

  • 2carrots,peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 12ozdaikon root,peeled and cut into large matchsticks
  • 3tbspkosher salt,plus more to taste
  • 2tbspsugar
  • ¼cupdistilled white vinegar

For Lemongrass Pork:

  • 4Lemongrass stalks
  • 1smallwhite onion
  • 3tbspsoy sauce
  • 3tbspfish sauce
  • cupsugar
  • 1tbspdry white wine
  • tspfresh ground black pepper
  • 2lbpork butt,trimmed of excess fat, cut into ½-inch thick slices
  • 2tbspcanola oil

To Assemble:

  • 4largeFrench rolls,lightly toasted
  • ½cupmayonnaise
  • ½cuppâté
  • cucumber,sliced
  • white onion,thinly sliced
  • jalapeño,sliced
  • fresh cilantro leaf and tender stems


Pickled Vegetables:

  1. Set a large colander in a large bowl. Add the carrots and daikon to the colander. Toss with the salt, then add just enough water to cover the vegetables. This will be about 6 cups. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  2. Lift the colander out of the soaking liquid, then rinse the vegetables well. Shake the colander a few times to allow any excess water to drain away. Let the vegetables sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to dry out a bit.

  3. Add the sugar and vinegar to the bowl with the vegetables. Season to taste with more salt, if needed. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.

Lemongrass Pork:

  1. Trim the bottoms and green tops from the lemongrass stalks. Slice the light parts in half lengthwise, then remove any tough outer layers. Mince and transfer to a medium bowl.

  2. Finely chop the onion and add to the bowl with the lemongrass.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, wine, and pepper.

  4. Add the sliced pork butt to the marinade and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 4 hours.

  5. Heat the canola oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and lemongrass and cook for about 10 minutes, until the onion is tender and beginning to brown, stirring constantly. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  6. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, remove the pork from the marinade, letting any excess liquid to drip off, then grill the pork until lightly charred on both sides and just cooked through. This will be about 2 minutes per side.

  7. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.

  8. Cut the pork into bite-sized pieces and transfer to a large bowl. Add the lemongrass and onion mixture and stir to combine.


  1. Slice the toasted French rolls in half lengthwise almost all the way through, leaving a long end intact. Slather the bottom of the rolls with a generous amount of mayonnaise, then spread on a layer of pâté.

  2. Top with the pork mixture, cucumber, sliced onion, jalapeño, the pickled vegetables, and cilantro.

  3. Close the sandwiches and serve.

  4. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 1062.47kcal
  • Fat: 67.00g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.74g
  • Trans Fat: 0.29g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 26.02g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 20.31g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.39g
  • Fiber: 4.60g
  • Sugar: 27.98g
  • Protein: 50.56g
  • Cholesterol: 218.17mg
  • Sodium: 2522.82mg
  • Calcium: 168.49mg
  • Potassium: 1417.42mg
  • Iron: 7.89mg
  • Vitamin A: 541.29µg
  • Vitamin C: 24.80mg
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