Wild Boar Banh Mi

Banh Mi Sandwiches are pure fusion at its best. Its a perfect combination of a French sandwich that melds perfectly with the asian flavors of Vietnamese Cuisines. If you make any sandwich with wild boar please take the time to make this one. And be sure to take the extra steps to make the pickled carrots and radishes. I like to eat them all by themselves but they bring and amazing acidity and crunch to this sandwich that I could not see being made without these pickles.

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Wild Boar Banh Mi Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 pound wild boar tenderloin (up to 1 1/2 pounds)

  • 3 tablespoons Fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 slice ginger, minced

  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 loaf sweet French baguette (thin) or french bread sandwich rolls.

  • 3 pieces red leaf lettuce

  • 1 handful pickled carrot and radishes (see below)

  • 2 pieces sliced jalapeno chili peppers

  • 5 sprigs cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • Pickled Carrots and Radishes

  • 1/4 pound carrots, peeled

  • 1 bunch red radishes, preferably daikon

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

Cut tenderloin across the grain of the meat into ½ inch pieces. Flatten each piece to an even ¼ inch between two pieces of saran wrap using a meat pounder or rolling pin.

Mix ingredients from fish sauce to black pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning – it should be sweet and savory so add more soy, salt, or sesame oil as you like. Add marinade to the meat and use your hands or large spoon to make sure all pieces of meat are coated in marinade. Marinate for 10-30 minutes.

You can cook the pork on the grill outdoors (best) or indoors using a grill pan or cast iron pan, something that you can get very hot. Heat grill or grill pan to high and turn on that vent fan! Add vegetable oil to meat and stir to coat. Sear first side of meat until very dark brown on one side, then flip and sear on the second side. Be careful not to overcook it. The meat is thin so it cooks quickly, one or two minutes on each side.

To assemble sandwiches, slice baguette and spread mayonnaise on one side, pâté on the other. Add lettuce, meat, pickled vegetables, cilantro and peppers.

Pickled Carrots and Radishes

Slice carrots and radishes into quarters (or sixths for thicker guys) lengthwise. Mix all ingredients together. Taste for seasoning. Let stand as little as an hour or up to overnight. They keep for several days

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wild boarBri Van Scotter