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So we took a quick 2 day trip to Hong Kong the other week and like most people who visit the city for such a short amount of time, the only thing on our agenda was to eat until we drop and then shop (do not do it in that order, or else you’ll be tempted to buy bigger sizes than your own-trust me on this). When i travel to foreign places, new or old, i always research some time before to make sure that i have a list of every and any kind of food/drink outlet ready to go. If we suddenly feel like having pastries? I’ve go just the place. cocktails? I read up the new out of the way hot spot on some blog. Entrails and offal? No problem. I highly recommending doing this, as food take such an importance place in understanding cultures and immersing oneself in a country completely. So before taking a trip out, make a list of any genre/type of restaurants and bars that interest you, even if you wont be able to visit them all, it’ll prevent having a bad meal, falling in tourist traps and will save time when the following reoccurring conversation starts up: “What do you want to eat?” “Anything. You choose”….etc…etc…you’ve all been frustrated by this at one point i’m sure.

So, in our 2 days there, we ended up eating in a traditional restricted menu dim sum place for lunch #1, a back alley cantonese restaurant for lunch #2 (yes we had 2 lunches in one day) and a sichuan restaurant for dinner. The next day, we ate in a ramen place for breakfast (dont judge me), a full on dim sum place for lunch and a Vietnamese restaurant for dinner. Im purposefully not giving out the names of these places because i want you to do the research (or im lazy).

The Vietnamese place, was the type of restaurant that doesn’t take any reservation and which draws in a crowd, lining up outside, 15 minutes before it opens its doors; always a good sign, especially if those in line are locals. We filled out little table up with lot’s love and devoured it in 30 minutes. We had bo bun, shrimp toast, fresh soft shell crab spring rolls, steamed vegetables and a bahn mi. Everything was fantastic, except for that anemic, dry, excuse of a bahn mi. So im going to show this restaurant (Nha Trang) how to do it properly.

Black Pepper Chicken Bahn Mi

Black Pepper Chicken Marinade

Mix 2 Chicken Breast (4 filets) (Sliced like sashimi) with 1sp garlic powder, 1 tsp ginger powder, 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1 red onion, 2 tsp of black pepper, 3tsp of fish sauce, 2tsp of oyster sauce, 2tsp of vegetable oil, red chilli flakes. Let marinade at least 1 hour.

Pickled Carrots and Daikon

Peel and grate 3 medium sized carrots. Peel and julienne 1/2 Daikon. Seperate in two preserving jars (which have been correctly sanitized). Take a sauce pan and mix in 1/4 cup rice vinegar + 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 1/2 cup white (or raw) sugar, 1 tbsp salt and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, let cool and top off the two jars. Let sit in fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight for better results.

Staple Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

Mix 1 thai chilli, 1/4cup of fish sauce, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of lemon/lime or calamansi juice and minced garlic.

Quick and Dirty Mayo

Take a metal bowl stick it in the freezer for a bit, once nice and cold put one egg yolks in the bowl with 1tsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of vinegar, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of mustard and then add in a very slow stream (over 5 mins) 3/4 cup of olive oil until nice thick and white.

Cook of your chicken until well coloured and still moist.

Assemble the whole thing. Take your small baguette (crispy skin), you want something at least 20cm long, and blast it in the oven so it gets crispy hot on the outside and warm and fuzzy inside. Open it up halfway, put 1 tbsp of mayonnaise, 2 pieces of Laughing Cow (Vache qui rit) cheese, your chicken, drizzle with sauce generously, top with crisp sliced small japanese cucumbers, top with your pickled daikon and carrot, and finally a bunch of fresh picked and washed coriander and some basil if you’re feeling snazzy.

51 COMMENTS

    1. Khris November 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

      I love Vietnamese food because it’s super duper good and good for yah! All the fresh and raw ingredients leaves you with a healthy glow! :) When I was living in Palawan (many moons ago), my grandpa and I would always go to the Vietnamese Camp. It was there that I fell in love with their soups, freshly baked french bread and the viet people! It was the REAL deal.

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

        Viet Vill!! I always go there for some good chao long! Its not as good now. But the ones in pps city aren’t bad (next to the airport)

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    1. Sarah November 7, 2011 at 12:03 am

      Hi! I’ve been following your blog pretty recently and its refreshing to see someone cook a variety of healthy food that isn’t completely devoid of flavor. Also giving a thumbs up for the unpretentiousness. Will be following this blog to help with my losing-fat-gaining-abs goal, lol. Thanks!

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        Haha thanks for reading! Yes unfussy is best for home cooking!

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    1. ac November 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

      Hello! :) I always look forward in watching/ reading your blog posts. You really inspire me to have a healthy lifestyle. I will try this recipe for sure. I love eating sandwiches!!! haha! can’t wait to watch your next video blog. :)

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        This is the best sandwich, you’ll the flavours are just right. When im in vietnam i roam the streets looking for bahn mi makers!

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    1. Lils November 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Super love this recipe.. I love sandwiches..hope you can post more sandwich recipes…=)

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    1. Lils November 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Super love this post.. I love sandwiches! Post more!=)

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    1. Jana November 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Super like! an easy way to prepare my snacks!

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    1. KC November 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Please share your fave HK restaurants…will love to know where you eat.. for sure masarap yan!

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    1. Mila November 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Love your recipe! I can substitute this with beef or pork ayt?

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    1. Buboy November 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Chicken Bahn Mi for the win!

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    1. Kaka November 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      You are an inspiration for us to live a healthy lifestyle! thank you!

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    1. Wina November 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Waiting for more posts.. I will definetely try this at home..=)

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    1. Gracie November 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Love Vietnamese food! Veggies are so healthy!

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

        Yes, its so fresh and tasty. I big piece of love.

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    1. dario November 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      I’ll cook this for my gf.. you are really a good cook..

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    1. iris November 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      wow as in wow! chicken bhan mi from the scratch.. will definitely try this one.. hopefully ill be patient.. thanks for making me inspired to cook my own food…

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

        Haha well the bread isnt from scratch. Maybe my next post will be about making bread!

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    1. Lea November 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Yummy!

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    1. Charisse November 8, 2011 at 1:23 am

      You should have your own cooking show! Will try this at home, looks easy! Best of all its healthy!

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    1. Grace November 8, 2011 at 5:59 am

      Looks great and its easy to prepare. You inspire me to eat healthy foods. Thank you.. :)

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    1. Charles Erize Ladia (@chapladia) November 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

      What can you recommend as a substitute to cucumber since I am definitely not a fan?

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

        Just remove it and put shaved cabbage or something.

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    1. Raynifly November 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

      I will make my own vegan version of this. Watch out! ;-p Peace. And that garlic flying out is classic in the kitchen. Hahaha

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    1. zee November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Bahn Mi makin’ me hungry!

      This (http://www.dreamingofdinner.com/2011/11/good-eats-tim-ho-wan-in-hong-kong.html) is my go-to place in HK ;) YUUUM! have you ever been? the line is crazy but the pork buns are to die for!

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    1. Jos November 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Hey Erwan,

      thx for posting this video and sharing with us your favorite sandwich dish. This looks amazing and I bet it taste even better….I wish there was such a thing as smellavision lol! Imma go out and grab all the ingredients to make this mean sandwich…I can’t wait, im already one foot out the door…thx!!!

      btw, since x-mas is just around the corner, can you pls dedicate one segment on preparing one of your favorite holiday meals. thx again Erwan…u da man!

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

        try it out! you won’t regret it :) i’ll make a quick christmas post!

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    1. Chloe November 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

      I soo love Vietnam’s Bahn Mi! I am currently staying in Saigon (Vietnam) and their sandwiches here are just sooo mouth watering! :)) But your black pepper chicken bahn mi looks really delish!!! wanna make my own too… :-) for some of their sandwiches, they put liver spread.. ^_^ it tastes so good too… ^__^

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

        i know its heaven in a bite

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        1. Chloe December 20, 2011 at 8:45 am

          maybe u could also try making ur own of their (shabu shabu) hot pot? i love some of their soups here… and their noodles! superb! :)) i was also able to taste the best seafood porridge ever! here in Saigon.. hihi

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    1. tati carpio November 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you for sharing your recipe’s with us. I got a chance to follow your recipe’s and check out my blog. Instead of using the rice wine vinegar, I used apple cider. Wine vinegar is hard to find in the middle east :)

      http://taticarpio.blogspot.com/2011/11/chicken-bahn-mi-south-east-asian-style.html

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    1. Nimfa November 11, 2011 at 3:11 am

      What I love about Vietnamese food are their soups. My cousin Joan Sadie and her husband we’re fans of Vietnamese food in Canada. And they have introduced me about it. Since then I’ve been a fan of that store @mega mall. I haven’t been in the city for years now since I moved back here in the province. i haven’t got the chance to visit the store again. I was happy to see and read your stories about their food. Hoping someday,when I visit the metro I’ll be able to eat some viet food too. thanks much I lurve the pictures so much!!

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm

        vietnames soups are the best thing thats happened in my mouth.

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    1. airashii November 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

      hahha hi there!!

      i made this recipe.. and im tellin’ yah.. iT was SUPER AND AWESOMELY FIERCE!! hahaha =D
      the marinade recipe is pretty good, and i think it can actually be used in other recipes or meal.and forgive me for substituting some crispy lettuce to the preserved radish im allergic to those cuties.. hehhe. unfortunately,mine dont have some coriander flower on top..cant find one..=D so i did put some mozzarella cheese on top of it..instead=D

      lastly you are right..about the balance thing.. hahahha
      after having that first bite to my home made bahn mi.. the next thing i know.. the chicken was all over the place!! hahahahahah

      anyways…
      my mom and i enjoyed and loved it thanks!! =D

      next stop… your recipe of the spicy beef larb w/ sweet potato =D
      wish me luck!!! =D

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        glad you liked it!
        the beef larb is so straight forward, its easy and so tasty, i hope you enjoy it!

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    1. airashii November 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      hahahah =D dont worry i’l let u know on my attempts to do the beef larb.. hahaha wish me luck on making it so perfectly tender like what u did =D till then …

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 2:23 am

        trust me it’ll be great! cook with all your senses : )

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    1. AJ November 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Hello Erwan, This sandwich looks amazing. I wish we had a lot of fresh artisan bread shops around the metro (QC area).. I noticed you don’t use rice a lot in your meals. Cutting down on carbs? I switched from white rice to brown rice because it has more fiber. I tried using whole grain pasta noodles, didn’t like it. Haha!

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      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        I’m just not a big rice eater, its not a staple for me. There are so many options :)

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