Spice-Simmered Pork "Bánh-Mì-Style" Salad

Oxmoor House
Spice-Simmered Pork "Bánh-Mì-Style" SaladRecipe
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If you haven't invested in a razor-sharp Japanese-style mandoline or German V-style slicer, do it now. Ribbon-thin vegetable cuts are essential to this dish. In technique, it's a mash-up of the Lebanese bread salad, fattoush, with some components of a classic Vietnamese bánh-mì sandwich. The cooking broth is a nod to pho, the meaty noodle soup that's omnipresent in Vietnamese-American neighborhoods. This is killer with a squeeze of Mad Fresh Sriracha.
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup salad)

Ingredients

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1 (4-ounce) baguette
1 yellow onion, peeled and halved crosswise
4 (1/2-inch) slices fresh ginger
1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
4 cups lower-sodium beef broth
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise pod
8 ounces radishes, thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 English cucumber cut into 3-inch sections, sliced thinly
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 large ripe tomato, sliced
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 serrano chiles, minced
1 tablespoon water
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems trimmed
4 green onions, split lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces

Preparation

Hands-on: 1 Hour, 7 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 17 Minutes

Tear the baguette into bite-sized chunks. Be deliberately inconsistent.

Heat a large cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the bread a few chunks at a time, and toast 1 1/2 minutes or to the point of being slightly charred, stirring frequently.

Do this in 2 batches. Set the toasted bread aside in a single layer for now.

CHAR THE VEGETABLES

In the pan you cooked the bread in, add the yellow onion, cut sides down, and cook 2 minutes to char the surface. Remove the onion and set it aside.

Go back to the pan you charred the onion in. Heat to high again. Slightly char the ginger, about 1 minute.

SIMMER THE PORK

In a 3-quart saucepan, add the pork tenderloin and the beef broth, along with the sugar and salt. Add the cinnamon stick, the star anise, and the charred yellow onion and ginger. Bring to a slight simmer, so slight that the pot bubbles every four or five seconds.

Simmer the pork for about 20 minutes, very gently.

Remove the pork from the liquid and place it on a plate to rest for a moment. Leave the broth in the pan on the stove. You'll need it in a few.

While the pork simmers, prep all of your vegetables for the salad.

MAKE THE SALAD

In a large mixing bowl, combine the radishes, the carrots, the cucumber, the red onion, and the tomatoes. Add the mayonnaise, the lime juice, the serrano chiles, and 1 tablespoon of water. Toss the vegetables to evenly coat.

Let this mixture marinate at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

NOW, THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Now, return to the pork tenderloin. Using your hands, hand-pull into long strands. Use a fork to assist the process if necessary.

Toss the pork with the marinated vegetable mixture. Add a few spoonfuls of the simmering broth. Toss again.

At service time, add the cilantro and the green onions. Those are your "greens."

At the last moment, add the charred bread. Toss and plate or platter.

Serve with side bowls of the hot broth for dipping the bread. Serve with Mad Fresh Sriracha.

Created date

September 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 249
Fat 9.1 g
Satfat 1.2 g
Monofat 4.6 g
Polyfat 2.4 g
Protein 19 g
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 569 mg
Calcium 55 mg