Roast Beef Banh Mi with Carrot, Daikon and Sriracha Aioli

"Special Sandwiches" by Tony Rosenfeld: The Washington Post. Seasonal vegetables and acidic ingredients add tang and vibrancy to simple sandwiches. Bold flavor and attention to detail can elevate a lunch favorite to dinner status. Sandwiches can be jazzy, worldly, fresh, inspired. Roast beef takes nicely to the intense, pickled flavors in this Vietnamese sandwich. It's traditional to use a soft baguette, but crustier bread seems to work here. Winston-Salem Journal: August 24, 2011.

Yield: 4 servings
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  • For the sandwiches:
  • 1 6-ounce piece(s) peeled Daikon radish
  • 2 medium (6 ounces total) carrots
  • 2 tablespoon(s) unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • Generous 1/4 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1/2 bunch(es) (about 1 3/4 ounces) cilantro, washed and torn into small sprigs, (discarding larger stems)
  • 1 large whole-wheat baguette, cut into 4 equal sections, each section then cut in half horizontally
  • 3/4 pound(s) thinly sliced roast beef, preferably medium-rare
  • For the aioli:
  • 1/3 cup(s) regular or low-fat mayonnaise, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Thai chili paste, such as Sriracha, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon(s) freshly squeezed lime juice, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon(s) fish sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, minced, or more to taste


  1. 1. For the sandwiche: Use a vegetable peeler (preferably Y-shaped) to shave the daikon and carrots into strips. try to use a little pressure to create slightly thicker shavings. Place the strips in a large bowl; toss with the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Let sit for 15 minutes, tossing occasionally. Drain off most of the vinegar mixture, then add the cilantro and toss to incorporate. 2. For the aioli: Whisk together the mayonnaise, Thai chili paste, lime juice, fish sauce and garlic in small bowl. Taste, and adjust by adding one or more or those ingredients as needed. 3. To assemble, spread the aioli on the cut sides of the bread. Layer the roast beef on 4 of the baguette sections, then top the meat with equal amounts of the pickled vegetable mixture. Use the 4 baguette sections to complete each sandwich, placing them cut side down and pressing slightly.
September 2011

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