Pork Meatball Bahn Mi Sandwiches

I read somewhere that the majority of families rotate the same meals every week. Our family isn’t immune to this either. Sure, we mix it up and try new meals very frequently, but there are some weeks that if someone suggests pasta one more time, I’m going to stab my eye with a fork. This was one of our new favorite additions!

Sandwiches are one of my favorite things – you’ve got carbs, fun fillings, and condiments. They’re able to be personalized to taste, which is highly important at meal times in our house. 

When I showed Alora the recipe for these online, she was so excited because it had so many things she loved on it; meatballs, cilantro, carrots, cucumbers and mayonnaise. She kept calling them ‘Vietnamese Meatball Subs’.

Plus, they are so easy to make but give off a ‘I’ve been cooking these for hours’ vibe. Oh you picked vegetables? Why, yes, yes you did.

Pork Meatball Bahn Mi Sandwiches


Recipe taken from bonappetit.com with a few revisions for the sake of picky palates in my house. You can find the original recipe here.

Hot Chili Mayo

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sriracha sauce


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 scant tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt


  • 2 cups coarsely grated carrots
  • 2 cups coarsely grated radish
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 4 10-inch-long individual baguettes or four 10-inch-long pieces French-bread baguette (cut from 2 baguettes)
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño chiles
  • cilantro for topping


Hot Chili Mayo

  • Stir all ingredients in small bowl. Season with salt. Cover and chill until ready to use.


  • Line baking sheet with foil. Gently mix all ingredients in large bowl. Roll meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs and line them on the baking sheet.


  • Toss first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, tossing occasionally.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.  Place the lined baking pan of meatballs in and cook for 10 minutes per side.
  • Cut each baguette or baguette piece horizontally in half. Pull out enough bread from each bread half to leave 1/2-inch-thick shell. Spread hot chili mayo over each bread shell. Arrange jalapeños, then cilantro, in bottom halves. Fill each with 1/4 of meatballs. Drain pickled vegetables; place atop meatballs.
  • Top with the top of the baguette and shove it in your face piece.

So yum.

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  1. We are among those that rotate meals from week to week a lot of the time and it’s almost become a game to see who can think of something different to have. This sandwich look wonderful. Surely if I make it I will win the *what to have for dinner* game this week LOL:)

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