Why is Vietnamese one of my favorite cuisines? Oh, let me count the ways. Clean flavors, fresh ingredients, incredible marinated pork and beef dishes, healthy, and cheap! Sometimes I wish I was Vietnamese just so my mom would cook homemade Vietnamese food for me…how amazing would that be? Well, I’ve shared my beef pho recipe before, one of the most popular Vietnamese dishes; now it’s time to share my lemongrass steak banh mi creation. This recipe marinates tender steak in a lemongrass marinade and is paired with sriracha aioli, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, jalapeno, and of course, a fried egg. Topping a banh mi with a fried egg may not be traditional, but fried eggs make everything just taste better.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
My usual go-to homemade recipe for banh mi consists of five spice marinated chicken, but I wanted to change things up a bit. Lemongrass and steak just made sense so why not combine the ingredients together?
When preparing the lemongrass, remove and discard the first few outer layers. Trim the spiky top and base, then bruise the stem by lightly crushing it with a large knife, cleaver or mallet. This allows the lemongrass to release its flavor; you will able to smell lemon once it is bruised.
Marinate the steak for at least one hour or up to overnight. Grilling the meat is the prime choice for cooking the meat since it will sear and caramelize on the hot grill. However, if you do not have a grill, you can simply prepare it on the stove top or broil until the desired degree of doneness.
Pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, fresh jalapeno, spicy mayo, and a baguette are all standard ingredients found in almost every banh mi. However, there are only a few that are served with a sunny side up egg. I vote that all sandwiches are given this option! The tender, juicy steak is a slightly sweet, salty and tart while the jalapeno and spicy mayo add heat. The pickled vegetables add another layer of sweet and acidic while the fried egg brings the entire sandwich together. Hands down, my favorite banh mi that I’ve created so far.
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