Banh Mi with Turkey Shrimp Meatballs

June  7, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

A great banh mi sandwich is my favorite street food but often made of pork, not the most healthy choice. I made a healthy banh mi sandwich without scarifing any of the taste. —erinpclark

What You'll Need
  • Meatballs
  • 12 ounces ground turkey
  • 6 ounces shrimp
  • 2 pieces green onions, thinly sliced using the whole piece
  • 2 pieces garlic chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped pickled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon asian chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 french baguette
  • Slaw
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 jalapeno thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 pieces green onions, thinly sliced using the whole piece
  1. For meatballs: Mix together well all ingredients except the baguette and form golf ball sized balls. I use an ice cream scooper so they are all the same size. Heat pan with a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs until brown on all sides about 8 - 10 minutes. Mix together first 6 ingredients and set aside. In bowl, add in all the rest of the ingredients and pour sauce over slaw. Mix well and set aside. To assemble the sandwiches, butterfly the baguette and add in 3 meatballs, drizzle in sauce and top with slaw. For sauce, mix together 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt and add 1/2 lime juice, a pinch of salt, a pinch of sugar, and 1- 2 teaspoon of chili sauce. The slaw already has a lot of sauce but it just adds that extra flavor.
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1 Review

BocaCindi July 29, 2012
This is the best Banh Mi sandwich I have had. Of course I had to make a few changes, but they were minimal. Meatballs: Had no shrimp; used 1.25 lbs. ground turkey. Used grated fresh ginger. Made meatballs the size of a heaping tablespoon.

Slaw: Shredded carrots and radishes in food processor and added sugar and salt. Made two cups of carrot-radish mixture. Used less cabbage, maybe a cup. Shredded basil in addition to cilantro.

Sauce: Almost a cup of mayo, probably three quarters; 3 scallions, finely chopped; 1 tablespoon of Sriracha.

Halved baguette, pulled out much of the inner bread. Toasted it under broiler. Smeared with mayo mixture. Piled in carrot mixture, torn basil and cilantro leaves, a couple of slices of ham, meatballs, more cilantro.

This was really, really delicious.