Bánh Mi Arepas
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Bánh mi arepas combine the flavors of a traditional Vietnamese bánh mi sandwich with chewy, gluten free arepa flatbreads. Full of flavor, easily made vegan.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Serves: 6-8 arepa sandwiches
For quick pickles:
  • ½ cup of daikon radish, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • pinch of salt
For the arepas:
  • 2 cups masarepa flour (pre-cooked yellow corn flour - I used Goya brand)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • salt
  • coconut oil for frying
For the bánh mi and assembly:
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise (I like vegan "Just Mayo" by Hampton Creek)
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 cups cooked protein of your choice (pulled pork, pressed and baked tofu, shredded chicken, etc.)
  • ½ cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño thinly sliced, seeds removed if desired
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro
  • pork pâté (optional, omit for vegan)
For the quick pickles:
  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl or jar and let sit in the fridge at least an hour. Drain before using.
For the arepas:
  1. Mix the flour, warm water and salt together until well incorporated. Let stand 5 minutes so the flour absorbs the water.
  2. Form 3 level tablespoons of dough into 1 ball and flatten between your palms, gently pressing to form a ¼ inch think patty, about 4 inches wide. Transfer to a wax paper lined surface and continue to form more patties with remaining dough.
  3. Heat oil in large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Fry arepas in batches, turning over once until deep golden in patches, 4-5 minutes per side.
Bánh mi and assembly:
  1. Mix the mayo and sriracha in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Smear one arepa with the mayo sriracha mixture, top with pulled pork (or other protein), some quick pickles, cucumber slices, jalapeño slices and cilantro. Smear the second arepa with the mayo mixture, if desired and place on top, making a sandwich. Repeat for remaining arepas.
You may have extra arepas. Anything tastes good on an arepa, so get creative!
Recipe by Our Four Forks at http://ourfourforks.com/banh-mi-arepas/