Photo: Oxmoor House 
Hands-on Time
1 Hour 7 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 17 Mins
Yield
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup salad)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

CHAR THE VEGETABLES

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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

Step 7

SIMMER THE PORK

Step 8

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.

Step 9

Simmer the pork for about 20 minutes, very gently.

Step 10

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.

Step 11

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

Step 12

MAKE THE SALAD

Step 13

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.

Step 14

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

Step 15

NOW, THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Step 16

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

Step 17

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

Step 18

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

Step 19

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

Step 20

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

Cooking Light Mad Delicious

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