It's time to focus on another cuisine this month, and for October I have chosen one of my favourites - Vietnamese. Stay tuned for 4-5 recipes for you to make which you could mix and match for a dinner party, but first up is a traditional street food of Vietnam: the classic Banh Mi sandwich.
Traditionally filled with pate or your choice of meat, this vegan version uses chorizo style seitan but you could always go for a vegetarian pate or smoked tofu to pair with the fillings!
Ingredients: (serves 1)
- fresh, white baguette
- 50g chorizo seitan (Upton's)
- 1/2 carrot
- 1/4 cucumber
- 1/4C white wine vinegar
- 1/4C rice vinegar
- 1/2C water
- 2tbsp sugar
- 1/2tsp salt
- fresh chilli
- vegan sriracha mayonnaise (or mix your own)
1. Firstly, prepare the pickled veg by thinly slicing the carrot and cucumber. Bring the vinegars, water, sugar and salt to the boil in a saucepan and simmer for a few minutes.
2. Transfer veggies to a jar and pour over the pickling water. Tightly secure the lid and transfer to the fridge to cool.
3. Fry off the chorizo seitan in a frying pan with a little oil, approximately 3-4minutes.
4. Assemble the sandwich by thickly spreading the mayo on both sides of the baguette, fill with the lettuce, pickles, seitan and top with fresh chilli and coriander to serve.