Today’s Reader Guest Post for The Holiday Project:
Nicole and Sheeter from Davis, California
- Fresh Jalapeno
- Pickled Carrot and Diakon (Do Chua) – see recipe below
- Sliced deli meats – Proscuitto, Salame, Ham
- Liver Pate
- Soy Sauce
Directions:1. Lightly toast a baguette, slice it in half and spread on a layer of liver pate.
2. Add a few slices of deli meat on top of the pate (We are particularly fond of proscuitto).
3. Lay down 2-3 slices of cucumber before adding a handful of Do Chua.
4. Top it off with cilantro, sliced fresh jalapeno and a quick drizzle of soy sauce.
The great thing about Banh Mi is that it is endlessly configurable. We tried a banh mi breakfast sandwich with fried bacon and a sunny-side up fried egg instead of deli meat. It was fantastic!
Carrots, shredded, in thin rounds or thin strips
Daikon radish, cut like carrots
Distilled or rice vinegar
Salt and pepper pinch
1. Fill cut carrot and daikon into an airtight jar if you plan to keep the do chua for at least a week.
2. Add a pinch of salt, pepper and sugar (depending on desired sweetness) to vinegar. Mix together. The liquid can be diluted with warm water if it the vinegar taste is too overwhelming. 3. 3. Pour the liquid over the carrot and daikon, just enough to cover the vegetables.
As we were assembling these banh mi’s, Sheeter’s roommate Morgan swore repeatedly that he was just going to have ‘a bite’. But after sinking his teeth in one, he held up the sandwich half and asked, “Can I take this?”
We agreed, and concurred that the sandwich was, indeed, as good as Lee’s.
We’re Sheeter and Nicole, and our fanaticism for travel and technology is no secret—but we’re food enthusiasts too! We’re in our last year as undergrads at UC Davis (woo!). Sheeter is studying environmental policy and planning, and putting his transportation specialization to work at Siemens’ Rail Systems Division in Sacramento. But he’d rather be roasting a pig, putting together five variations of carne asada tacos in honor of Cinco de Mayo or making a mean stew. Nicole is studying international relations and art, and back from a quarter in D.C. where she sometimes wrote articles but mostly jumped into piles of fall foliage. She would, likewise, rather be brewing Vietnamese iced coffee or baking up a storm of sweet pies.