In my family, cuisines from Thailand, China and Mexico are loved greatly alongside specific Japanese foods - like teriyaki - no sushi for them. (note: I love sushi, so do my brothers and sometimes it makes us rather sad our family won't try a bite of spicy tuna.)
So when making a sandwich, we must find ways to satisfy this need for Asian flavors and after trying a Banh Mi sandwich at Baoguette, I knew I had to invent one myself - my family could enjoy too.
So here is a Teriyaki Turkey Meatball Banh Mi, with an Asian inspired slaw and green chili mayo.
- 1 package of frozen turkey meatballs (you could make your own, but it's easier)
- 1 bottle of Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce (could use regular teriyaki as well)
- 1/2 large red onion, sliced thinly into half moons
- 1/2 of cabbage or iceberg lettuce head, shredded
- 1 orange, yellow or red bell pepper (you want the sweetness), sliced thinly
- 1/2 an English cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
- 2 tbsp. of red wine vinegar
- 4 tbsp. of oil
- 1 tsp. of honey
- 3 tbsp. of mayo
- 1 green chili, chopped with seeds
- 4 hearty rolls or baguettes, pictured is the focaccini from TJ's
- black pepper to taste
- Place the 4 meatballs per person in a saucepan with the jar of soyaki. Heat over medium-low heat for 15-20 mins or until meatballs are heated through.
- In a separate bowl, combine lettuce or cabbage, bell peppers, onions and cucumbers. Toss with oil, red wine vinegar and honey. Add black pepper to taste.
- In another smaller bowl, combine mayo and chopped green chilis. Set aside.
- Toast rolls in over or toaster.
- When meatballs are heated through, take a roll and slather mayo on either side.
- Cut each meatball in half and place on on side of roll.
- Top with slaw and cover with other half.
Serve: 4 to 5 people, Prep Time: 15 min., Cook Time: 20 mins.