Banh Mi breakfast bialy – Fusion of Vietnamese and French flavours

vietfoodBanh Mi is a culinary fusion of Vietnamese and French flavours. “The popular Vietnamese sandwich is infinitely variable, but always features a profusion of colours and textures, usually includes some form of pork, and often includes a tangy vegetable pickle,” says Tom Filippou, executive chef for President’s Choice. “Dense and chewy bialy buns support all the big flavours of this open-faced banh mi.”


• 1 carrot, cut in matchstick strips

• 2 tsp (10 mL) granulated sugar

• 1 tsp (5 mL) salt

• 1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar

• 2/3 cup (150 mL) white vinegar

• Half red onion, thinly sliced

• Half jalapeño, thinly sliced in coins (with seeds)

Banh Mi:

• 1 pkg (426 g) PC Brooklyn Bialys

• 6 slices smoked black forest ham

• 2 tsp (10 mL) PC 100% pure canola oil

• 6 large eggs

• 1/2 cup (125 mL) English cucumber cut in matchstick strips

• 1/3 cup (75 mL) sprigs fresh cilantro


1. Make Pickles: Place carrot in bowl; sprinkle with 2 tsp (10 mL) sugar and the salt. Massage with hands for 1 minute or until carrot bends without breaking. Place in colander; rinse and drain, pressing out excess water. In separate bowl, stir 1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar with 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water until dissolved. Stir in vinegar. Add carrot, onion and jalapeño; submerge in liquid. Cover and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature to pickle or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

2. Toast bialys, leaving whole. Top evenly with ham.

3. Heat half of oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Crack 3 eggs into pan; cook sunny side up for 3 minutes or until whites are set. Place one egg on each bialy. Repeat with remaining oil and eggs.

4. Stir together cucumber and 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the drained pickled vegetables in bowl; divide among bialys. Top with cilantro. – NC

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