Tofu Banh Mi

Tofu Banh Mi

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4 people

This vegan recipe is the perfect international meal that is full of Vietnamese flavor. Tamari, garlic, and cilantro create a robust Vietnamese sandwich that is also gluten-free.

Watch Carolyn Scott prepare this international recipe and share her secrets on the latest episode of The Global Kitchen, here.


  • 1/4 cup stalks of fresh lemongrass, washed and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 large (14–ounce) block extra firm tofu, pressed and drained, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed or olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Two, 6 to 8-inch baguettes, sliced horizontally in half but not cutting all the way through (sub style)
  • Vegan mayonnaise, for sandwich (optional)
  • 1/2 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 small to medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced (can be raw or sautéed)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • Jalapeno slices, for sandwich (optional)
  • Sweet relish, for sandwich (optional)
  • Kimchi, for sandwich (optional)
  • Soy sauce or tamari, for sandwich


  • 1 Place chopped lemongrass in mortar & pestle and crush pieces until pulverized (you may also mince it if you don’t have a mortar and pestle).
  • 2 Add 2 cloves of garlic in mortar and crush garlic together with lemongrass.
  • 3 In large plastic freezer bag, combine crushed lemongrass and garlic, grapeseed oil, soy sauce, pepper and sesame oil.
  • 4 Mix the marinade well, then add slices of tofu in bag, being careful not to break them but coating well. Let marinate for at least an hour.
  • 5 Heat pan to medium high and fry slices of tofu until both sides are golden brown and crispy.
  • 6 Let cool.
  • 7 Place mayonnaise and tomato slices on the bottom half of the baguettes, then tofu, then cucumbers, onions and cilantro (and any other optional fixings).


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