So I want to make the banh mi recipe listed here http://www.chow.com/recipes/11211 and I want to make it Vegan. (I have a vegan coming to my party and I like to be inclusive--hey it won't kill any of us to eschew animal products for one night and I like a challenge)
1. I was thinking about brining tofu instead of pork), baking it at a low temp and then slicing it but the first time I tried, the tofu was WAY WAY too salty. Does anyone have another idea?
2. I haven't been able to find vegan pate at the Whole Foods near me, should I just make it myself or should I keep searching other sources? I ask b/c I have not loved the Moosewood recipe I tried in the past.
3. I was thinking about adding some tempeh bacon for a porky flavor in addition to tofu and vegan pate, do you think this would add to the sandwich or detract?
4. If you think the vegan result would just be pathetic, do you have another suggestion of a cute showstopper of a sandwich or individual dinner item?
Awaiting your vegan guidance.