Combining tender meat, crunchy pickled veggies, fresh cilantro, spicy chiles, and creamy spreads, the Vietnamese banh mi is one of our all-time favorite sandwiches. Here, we take all those same flavors and textures and channel them into some seriously delicious rice bowls. Pork meatballs are infused with citrusy ponzu, roasted until tender, then tossed in a spicy sweet soy glaze. They’re piled over ginger rice with a pickled cucumber and carrot salad, creamy chili mayo, and aromatic cilantro. Prepare to be bowled over!
Produced in a facility that processes milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybean.
White Wine Vinegar
Ponzu Sauce(ContainsWheat, Fish, Soy)
Sweet Thai Chili Sauce(ContainsSoy)
Sweet Soy Glaze(ContainsWheat, Soy)
• Adjust rack to top position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry produce. • Peel and mince or grate ginger. Peel and mince garlic. Trim and halve cucumber lengthwise; thinly slice crosswise into half-moons. Finely chop cilantro.
• Melt 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings) in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add half the ginger and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. • Stir in rice, ¾ cup water (1½ cups for 4), and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes. • Keep covered off heat until ready to serve.
• While rice cooks, in a large bowl, combine pork*, panko, ponzu, garlic, remaining ginger, salt (we used ¾ tsp; 1½ tsp for 4 servings), and pepper. • Form mixture into 10-12 meatballs (20- 24 meatballs for 4). Place meatballs on a lightly oiled baking sheet. • Roast on top rack until browned and cooked through, 14-16 minutes.
Simply swap in beef for pork.
• Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine cucumber, carrots, half the cilantro, and ¼ of the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, ¼ of the vinegar, and up to half the chili sauce to taste (save the rest for the next step).
• In a second large bowl, combine 2½ TBSP sweet soy glaze (5 TBSP for 4 servings), ½ tsp sugar (1 tsp for 4), and remaining chili sauce to taste. (Be sure to measure the sweet soy glaze; we sent more.) • Once meatballs are done, carefully transfer to bowl with sauce; toss until meatballs are thoroughly coated and sauce is just warmed through.
• Fluff rice with a fork; season with salt and pepper. • Divide rice between bowls and top with meatballs, any remaining sauce from bowl, and pickled veggie salad. Drizzle with chili mayo. Garnish with remaining cilantro and serve.