First step: Baguettes. I make my own (this is my third go round at this), and let me tell you, there are few kitchen items as satisfying as fresh baked baguettes, mostly because they involve so many steps and so much time. You can also buy these to save time, but I recommend trying to bake your own.
Pickled carrots and daikon radish are a key condiment for Bahn Mi. To make these, boil 1/2 cup of rice vinegar with a couple teaspoons of sugar and a dash of water (you can add more sugar if you want them sweeter). Let this mixture cool, then marinate the carrots and daikon (and whatever else you would like to be vinegary) for at least half an hour.
Other toppings? Some form of mayonnaise is usually applied to the inside of the bread before the other condiments. I added a dash of curry powder and galangal to ours to create a spicy mayo.
|A look at the inside of my sandwich, with curried mayo, orange bell pepper, pickled carrots and dikon, cilantro, and a fried egg|