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Banh mi

Beginner

35mins

2 servings

Ingredients

Vietnamese salt

  • 10g Chinese five spice
  • 4g ground paprika
  • 7g coriander seeds
  • 1g chilli powder
  • 15g demerara sugar
  • 2g ground ginger
  • 20g sea salt

Pickled vegetables

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced into long strips approximately 3mm thick
  • 150g white wine vinegar
  • 150g water
  • 2g coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 star anise, crushed
  • 1 black pepper, crushed
  • 2g salt

To finish

  • 2 thin cut pork loin steaks
  • Vietnamese salt
  • 80g chicken liver parfait
  • 1 small white baguette
  • 50g reserved pickled carrots, cut into strips
  • 50g reserved pickled cucumber, cut into strips
  • 10g coriander leafs

Recipe

For the Vietnamese salt
Place all of the ingredients, except the salt, in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder and grind to a fine powder. Mix the spice mix with the salt. Set aside.

For the pickled vegetables
Place the carrots, vinegar, water, coriander seeds, star anise, black pepper and salt in a pan over medium heat and allow to come to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the cucumber and allow to cool completely before placing in an airtight container in the fridge.

To finish
Season the pork loins with the Vietnamese salt. Place on a hot grill, turning every 15 to 20 seconds until cooked through. Remove from the grill and allow to rest on a cooling rack set over a tray. In the meantime, slice the baguette in half, lengthwise, and place, cut side down, on the grill for a few seconds. Spread the chicken liver parfait on both side of the baguette. Once rested, thinly slice the pork loin and lay on top of the chicken liver parfait. Add the pickled vegetables strips on top of the meat and add the coriander leaves. Lightly season with a bit more of the Vietnamese salt.

 

This is a Heston Blumenthal Recipe