Of all the dishes to result from the French influence on the Vietnamese culture, the banh mi sandwich is one of the tastiest. The baguette, mayo, and pork may be borrowed from French cuisine, but the addition of jalapeños and cilantro makes this decidedly Vietnamese fare. Individual servings are often made on a small baguette, but we constructed two baguettes’ worth—enough for your next cocktail party.
Game plan: You’ll need to make the mayonnaise before you begin.
For the pickled carrots:
Beverage pairing: Tiger Beer, Singapore. Banh mi are wonderful street food and could be washed down by any number of beverages. But a light lager such as Tiger from Singapore—which is found all over Vietnam—is a good choice. Its thirst-quenching rush of bubbles will refresh the palate and salve the heat (if you put a lot of chile on the bun).