9 Banh Mi Recipes for Desk Lunch Domination

By F&W Editors Posted December 14, 2015

Bored with your usual smoked turkey or PB&J sandwich? Take lunch to the next level by making your own crunchy, creamy, spicy, tangy banh mi.

The classic Vietnamese sandwich, typically made on a crusty baguette with pâté, cold cuts and vegetables, is easy to whip together at home. Here, nine delicious recipes that will change your lunch forever.


1. Beef Tenderloin Banhi Mi 

This American take on a Vietnamese classic pairs watermelon pickles, which are popular in the South, with beef tenderloin and a sesame mayonnaise. The pickles are gingery, sweet and spicy—the perfect counterpart to mildly flavored meat.

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2. Five-Spice Chicken Banh Mi Sandwiches 

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Lemongrass is the classic seasoning for Vietnamese-style grilled pork or chicken, but chef Charles Phan likes to use fragrant Chinese five-spice powder instead.

3. Tuna Banh Mi 

Food & Wine: Tuna Banh Mi

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F&W's Justin Chapple makes his best-ever tuna banh mi by mixing canned tuna, lime juice, fish sauce, and jalapeño and spooning it onto a crusty baguette spread with mayonnaise.

4. Short Rib Banhi Mi with Quick Pickles and Fresh Herbs 

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Here’s a great way to use leftover beef stew.

5. Country Pâté Banh Mi 

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Silken tofu blended with lemongrass and lime juice is a terrific dairy-free stand-in for mayonnaise in this riff on the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich.

6. Grilled-Pork Banh Mi 

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This simple sandwich is filled with peppery pork and spiked with hoisin sauce.

7. Grilled-Chicken Banh Mi 

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This incredible sandwich combines sweet, sour, crunchy and soft into one delicious—and portable—package.

8. Moscow Banh Mi 

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What makes this banh mi riff Russian? The chopped beets and horseradish mayo that are layered with the chicken, lettuce and vinegary carrots.

9. Garlic-Brined Pork Banhi Mi 

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The juicy pork in these sandwiches is soaked overnight in a garlicky brine for extra flavor.

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