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Mega bánh mì w/ lemongrass meatballs

Do you even lift?

This super-sized bánh mì idea came to me when thinking of something to take to a picnic that was easy to share and transport. (Not so easy on bike, unless you have a backpack).

It’s pretty easy to make most of it ahead of time. Then, once finished, all you need to do is put it together, wrap up and pack a bread knife to cut to length in order of hungriness.

Don't forget the frisbee.



Pork Meatballs -

500g ethically raised pork mince (vegetarian option: halve this recipe plus the below)

2 tbs coriander, chopped

1 lemongrass stalk, finely chopped

1 spring onion, finely sliced

1 tbs minced ginger

1 tbs fish sauce (or vegan fish sauce)

1 tbs caster sugar

Cracked pepper to taste

Pickled Daikon & Carrot

2 cups each of grated carrot and daikon (I use one of these, a very handy kitchen tool)

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

To Serve

1 French Baguette

Kewpie Mayo


1 continental cucumber, cut into ribbons (I use this veg peeler)

4 coriander sprigs

1 spring onion, finely sliced


Pork Meatballs

Mix all the pork meatball ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined, then with your hand, pick up a big handful and throw it back into the bowl. This may seem crazy but this is how you achieve the springy, bouncy texture. Do this for a few minutes then refrigerate overnight or at minimum 2 hours.


Pickle Daikon & Carrot

Mix all pickle ingredients together and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.


Cook & Serve

With wet hands, roll the meatball mixture into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball, flattening them slightly as you place them on a baking tray lined with foil. Grill in the oven, on a barbecue or even just a pan until the balls are golden brown and slightly charred. Cover with foil to keep warm.

Cut the french baguette in half and open up, do a zig zag of kewpie mayo and spread out, followed by as much sriracha you think your friends can handle (or do half the baguette and remember which end it is).

Top with meatballs, and tuck in the pickles and cucumber ribbons in and around. Finish

with coriander sprigs, wrap up and go.



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