We love the Vietnamese kitchen. They’ve got a rich pallet of flavours which is often served in perfect balance. Something we tried to bring into this recipe. And we think we found it in our version of a banh mi sandwich. We decided to use a gluten-free waffle for this one instead of bread and we love the combination. This is our first version with polenta using corn flour and we love the rich flavour this gives to the recipe. Corn is a good alternative for people with gluten free diets so we hope you guys dig this version we came up with. Please let us know what you think!
Banh mi waffles with pulled pork & sour vegetables
150g polenta flour
40g buckwheat flour
1 egg white
1 clove of garlic (minced)
Good bit of salt
250g thick pork belly slices
2 tbsp. miso paste
4 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. honey
2 whole star anise
2 tbsp. Chinese 5-spices
1 jar of pickles on sour
For the sour vegetables, I love to use this lazy way to make them. It works best if you start this overnight. Basically, open the jar of pickles and remove about half of the pickles and use in another dish or eat them as a snack. Cut the cucumber and carrot into thin slices and add to the jar of pickles. Let this rest overnight at a cool spot. This is my hack for quick sour vegetables.
Let’s start off with the pulled pork. Using thick slices of pork belly you can make it way more quickly than then letting it rest for hours in an oven. Although the taste is define of slow cooked pulled pork, I’m still in love with this quick hack. Preheat your oven at 220℃. Bake the pork belly in a pan for about 5 minutes before adding all the spices. Mix through until everything is combined and bake for another 5 minutes before putting it in the oven for 40 minutes with the lid on.
While this is baking we continue with the waffles. Add the polenta flour to a pan with the water and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat until it starts to set. Remove from the heat and mix the milk into the mixture. Move this over into a mixing bowl and add the egg white. Mix again and add the rest of the ingredients until combined. Heat up your waffle iron and bake the waffles until you’re out of batter.
Remove the pulled pork from the oven and start making your waffles. We love making them with a spicy mayonnaise, pulled pork, sour vegetables and some fresh salad. But please share your favorite combinations. Enjoy!