I feel like Monday needs a good sandwich.
And I am going to be honest, I still have not a clue how to say Bahh Mi. The way I pronounce it would make you laugh and possibly make you look at me like I am crazy, my mom totally did.
But it’s a darn good sandwich and since it’s now officially spring and all, I thought I would switch up the traditional pork with some fish. It just sounded kind of good and I had some frozen mahi mahi fillets in the freezer that have been begging me to do something with them for too long.
Oh, and you know how yesterday I showed you guys all the photos of the barn? Remember how it was crazy snowing? Well, I am very (VERY) happy to say that Sunday was a picture perfect spring day. Probably a little colder than most are used to, but it was a bluebird day (a beautiful sunny day after an overnight snowfall. It’s a perfect skiing/hiking/just about anything day with a clear blue sky, bright sun, and fresh snow). And inside the house it almost felt like summer. Ahh!! This excites me greatly. I know it’s gonna snow again and keep on going to the very, very end of May, but it is a sign of good things to come!
Speaking of Sunday and my Barn post, I cannot believe the amazing comments you guys left. AND I have only gotten through a handful of them. Well, I skimmed them all, but have not had time to respond yet. Actually I am super behind on all comments…trying to catch up today.
Anyway, you guys have me so excited to share the process with you. I will do my best to document it all.
Since it’s Monday though, let’s talk about these sandwiches and ease into the week with more pictures and a little less words. Words require thoughts, and on Monday that’s just kind of hard. Or it is for me anyway.
If you are unfamiliar with a Banh Mi it’s a classic Vietnamese sandwich that was actually introduced by the French, hence the french baguette. Or that’s what Google said, but it makes sense. I typically see these made with some kind of caramelized pork, so I swapped the pork for fish and made some spicy sauces to slather on top.
I have always hated mayo, so I was super nervous about my curried mayo idea – I made two sauces just in case. One I knew I would like and one I wanted to try, but I needed to have a back up in case it was horrible.
Turns out I loved them both. Why does this happen when I am prepared with a back up, but I hate the ones I have no back up for?
Does that make sense? I am not sure Monday is my friend right now.
Ok, but the real reason for this sandwich?
The fried eggs. This meal was built around eggs. If you are not a fan of the runny yolk, hard-boiled works too. But you must make the eggs. They complete the sandwich.
- In a heavy-bottomed small saucepan, combine the sugar, lime juice and water and bring to a boil. Boil undisturbed over moderately low heat until a deep amber caramel forms, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the minced red chile, garlic and pepper. Remove the saucepan from the heat and carefully whisk in the fish sauce and 2 tablespoons of water. Stir over moderate heat until the caramel is smooth, sticky and slightly thick. Pour the sauce into a heatproof bowl and set aside. The sauce can also be saved for later and refrigerated. If the sauce is too thick add a tablespoon of water to thin and warm in the microwave on 10 second intervals.
- Heat the grill, grill pan or large frying pan to medium-high heat. In a small bowl combine the sesame oil and 1 tablespoon thai red curry paste. Brush the mixture over the mahi mahi. Grill or pan fry for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove, peel the skin away, chop into chunks and then drizzle with1 tablespoon of caramel.
- To make the spicy curried mayo, mix together the mayo and thai red curry paste in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To make the Siracha Mustard, mix together the mustard and Siracha in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until read to use.
- To assemble, half the baguettes lengthwise and spread a little of the spicy curried mayo over the bottom of each baguette. Divide the mahi mahi among the baguettes and then top with a drizzle of soy sauce and chile oil. Add fresh cilantro, jalapeños, pickled carrots, pickled daikon and cucumber slices. Finish with a fried egg. Serve with more Caramel, Spicy Curried Mayo and Siracha Mustard if desired. Eat right this second! :)
*To quickly pickle the carrots and daikon, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt over the them. Allow them to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Carbs – they kind of make Monday better too. It’s a good balance.