Vegan Boston Bánh Mi- $12.68 recipe/ $1.58 per sandwich

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I named this recipe in homage of the first Vietnamese Bánh Mi sandwich I ever ate, which was when I was in college in Boston. Spicy daikon pickles, dill aioli, and lemongrass tofu give this the classic feel of a good bánh mi- stuffed and overflowing with savory flavor, yet light and fresh with a variety of vegetables. This makes 8 sandwiches, so even though there is a bit of prep involved with the pickles and slicing the veggies, you can keep all the fixings in your fridge and make sandwiches with the ingredients all week!

Ingredients

1 block tofu ($1.50)

8 hoagie rolls ($3.10) – french bread works well too

2 carrots ($0.71)

1 long red pepper ($0.40)

1 daikon radish ($1.73)

1 bunch spinach ($1.99)

1 bunch cilantro ($.50)

2 tbsp. soy sauce ($0.14)

2 cloves garlic ($0.03)

2 jalapenos ($0.30)

1 tsp. dill ($0.03)

1 stem lemongrass ($0.21) – this is optional

4 dried red chili peppers ($0.10)

1 tbsp. mustard ($0.10)

4 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise ($0.52)

1 cup rice vinegar ($1.20)

2 tbsp. vegetable oil ($0.12)

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1. Slice your tofu into triangles. Make marinade by combining 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 thinly sliced stem of lemongrass, and 2 tbsp. soy sauce. Put marinating tofu in the fridge while you do the rest of your sandwich making preparation. 

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2. Peel and slice your daikon into matchstick pieces. Combine in one or two jars with garlic clove, dried peppers, and rice vinegar- top off with water. This makes a lot of pickled daikon, as it sits in the fridge it only gets better, I added some dried red pepper flakes to mine as well for even more heat- but that’s optional. Put your daikon pickles in the fridge and leave them while you make the rest of your sandwich fixings. 

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3. Now we’re making the aioli. Combine vegan mayonnaise, mustard, and dill in a small bowl. Combine thoroughly, cover, and put in the fridge until you are ready to use. 

4. Now shred your carrots using a cheese grater, set aside. Wash and prep your spinach and cilantro, slice your jalapenos, red pepper, and cucumbers- now that everything’s prepped it’s time to make your tofu and assemble your sandwich. 

5. Cook tofu over medium heat in a skillet with vegetable oil for about 15 minutes- the tofu will be browned on both sides. 

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Assemble your sandwich and chow down.

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We did!

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