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First Of The Year!!! Recipe Wrap #1: Banh Mi Pickled Veggies

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And on the 5th game, there was a recipe...

These, my friends, are pickled daikon and carrots. They are an essential ingredient in one of the very best foods on the planet: banh mi sandwiches.

If you haven't had banh mi, you need to hurry your butt on down to Eat Street or University Avenue and grab one of these $3 delights at a place like Quangs, Jasmine Deli, Trieu Chau, or the Trung Nam French Bakery.

If you don't want to leave the house, here's a quick way you can make one of these dittys at home.

  • 1-2 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 daikon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus 1-2 T
  • 1 1/4 cups white vinegar
  • water
Place the cut carrots and radishes in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt and 1-2 T of sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes before placing them in a colander and kneading them to remove the water. Completely drain and rinse with cold water.

In a Pyrex 4 cup mixing bowl, combine the remaining sugar and vinegar and set aside. In a glass mason jar or a medium container, pack in the veggies while leaving 1 inch of space at the top of the container. Pour the sugar and vinegar mixture into the mason jar and top off with water. Seal the jar and give it a good shake before placing it in the fridge.

These pickled veggies will last for up to 2 months.

A few notes:

  • If you want to make a quick banh mi sandwich, simply take a day old roll of french bread and warm it in the microwave for 15 seconds wrapped in a wet washcloth. Remove, slice in 1/2, spread on some Mayonnaise mixed with some cock sauce (or a sweeter chili sauce) before adding a lunch meat or pate of your choice, a few sprigs of cilantro, some sliced jalapeño peppers, and your pickled veggies. You can use any type of bread for these sandwiches, but crusty roll bread works best. Also, instead of meat, you can use some canned seitan/mock duck.
  • You should be warned in advance that much like the Timberwolves, while these veggies look nice, when you open them, they stink to high heaven. You may want to crack a window or open them outside if they have been in your fridge for more than 1-2 days.
  • These veggies also go good with steak and chicken.
  • You can make a fusion banh mi by using a tortilla.
Well folks, that about does it. For all I know, the Wolves could be down by 50 by now.

Until later.