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Vietnamese Bahn Mi Style Fries

  • Ready Time: 60min
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  • Prep Time: 30min
    Cook Time: 30min
  • Serves: 6
    Prep Method: FriedPan Fried
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Description

Recipe by: Potatoes USA

Spicy and fragrant ground pork is served on top of crispy potato wedges and accented with sriracha mayo, pickled vegetables, sliced cucumbers, jalapenos, and fresh herbs.

Ingredients

Pickled Vegetables

  • 2 cups Rice Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Kosher Salt
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 3 cups Daikon Radish, julienne sliced
  • 3 cups Carrots, julienne sliced
  • 6 cups Ice, crushed

Vietnamese Pork Lard (Spicy Ground Pork)

  • 2 lbs. Ground Pork
  • 2 tablespoon Lard
  • 3 tablespoons Rice Wine (Xiaoxing, or sake)
  • 3 tablespoons Vietnamese Fish Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 each Thai Bird Chilies (1 green and 1 red)
  • ½ teaspoon Ground White Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/3 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Mint, chopped
  • ½ cup Red Onion, thinly sliced

Sriracha Mayo

  • 1 cup Japanese Mayonnaise (ie. Kewpie, Kenko, etc.)
  • ½ cup Sriracha (Vietnamese Hot Sauce)

Fries

  • 30 ounces Frozen Wedge Cut Fries
  • As Needed Peanut Oil (any neutral oil can be subbed)
  • As Needed Kosher Salt

Garnish

  • 2 cups English Cucumbers, seeded and cut into 1/8” half moons
  • ¼ cup Sliced Jalapenos
  • ¼ cup Micro Cilantro

Preparation
Prep Time: 30min | Cook Time: 30min

  1. In a large saucepan combine the vinegar, salt, and sugar. Place over medium-high heat and bring the liquid to a boil until the sugar and salt has dissolved. Place the carrots and daikon into two smaller saucepans. Pour half of the mixture over the carrots and half of the mixture over the daikon.  Place the carrots and daikon back on the stove and allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from the heat and add the ice to both pots.  Allow the mixture to cool completely.  Drain the pickling liquid off the vegetables, reserving the liquid for storing any leftover pickles you may have.  Keep cold until ready to use.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté the pork, and cook until it is almost cooked all the way through.  Stir the pork as it is cooking, so the pieces break up as much as possible.  Add the rice wine, fish sauce, soy sauce, chilies, white pepper and stir until sauce reduces slightly.  Remove from the heat, and stir in the cilantro, mint, and lime juice.
  3. Preheat a fryer with peanut oil to 375 F (180 C). When the oil is hot add the fries, this may have to be done in batches depending on the size of your fryer.  (Conversely, this can also be done in an air fryer or a convection oven without having to use the oil).  Fry the fries for 7-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.  Drain them well, place into a bowl and season with kosher salt to taste.
  4. To make the Sriracha mayo, combine the mayonnaise with the sriracha and stir well. Transfer the sauce to a plastic squeeze bottle.
  5. To plate up the dish, arrange the hot wedge cut fries on a serving platter or individual dishes. Spoon the hot ground pork mixture over the fries, drizzle the top with the sriracha mayo, and garnish the top with the sliced cucumbers, the jalapenos, the pickled carrot, and daikon, as well as the micro cilantro.  Serve Immediately.

 

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