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Today we are doing Hot Dog Bread – a variation of the Vietnamese Bánh Mì sandwich, which usually includes marinated grilled pork (or other proteins) with pickled vegetables and herbs on French bread. We'll use all of these toppings, plus some spicy mayo and pickles, on a regular hot dog and a hot dog bun, for an easy and delicious dinner to make. less than 15 minutes!

Four Bánh Mì hot dogs on a large white plate, top view, surrounded by fresh herbs and cucumber slices.Four Bánh Mì hot dogs on a large white plate, top view, surrounded by fresh herbs and cucumber slices.

A Bánh Mì is without a doubt one of my favorite sandwiches. Maybe even my best sandwich ever (a bold statement!). And while I go to do a Authentic bread To take with you anytime, the hot dog version is a quick and easy way to scratch that itch at home and a super fun way to elevate a U.S. favorite: the humble hot dog!

Since we're using a hot dog as the protein instead of the super flavorful marinated meat that usually goes in a Bánh Mì sandwich, we'll boost the flavor another way. For this reason I love using a homemade spicy mayonnaise to spread on these.

Without further ado, let's make some Bánh Mì hot dogs, shall we? And if you like them, be sure to check out this other variation: Bánh Mì Chicken Tacos!

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Hot dog – feel free to use whatever type you want in these Bánh Mì hot dogs: pork, beef, turkey, or even vegetarian.
  • Hot dog buns
  • Carrots – or a combination of carrots and daikon radish, which is more traditional, but harder to find in conventional grocery stores (more on that later).
  • Rice vinegar, sugar and salt – to quickly marinate carrots
  • Mint, coriander and basil – these fresh herbs are extremely important for flavor. Use Thai basil if you can get it!
  • Spicy mayonnaise – I'll explain how to make my homemade spicy mayo for this, but you can use a store-bought version or just mayo for a mild version if you like.
  • Cucumber – you can leave it out if you want, but it adds a fresh touch to the whole thing!

How to make Bánh Mì hot dogs

I love how incredibly easy it is to make these Bánh Mì hot dogs. You only need to prepare two things: pickled carrots and hot dogs.

For pickled carrots, just mix a little rice vinegar, sugar and salt until everything is dissolved. Then add the carrots (julienned or grated) and leave them there while you prepare everything else. You can cook the hot dogs however you like – grilled would probably be tastier, but I usually cook them in butter in a skillet for speed and ease. Then, prepare all the other ingredients for assembly!

On each hot dog, add a little spicy mayo and a generous portion of fresh herb leaves (again, these are ESSENTIAL)pickled carrots, sliced ​​cucumbers, and of course, the hot dog itself.

Here it is! Dinner in record time.

How to make homemade spicy mayonnaise (and alternatives)

I'm so in love with this homemade mayonnaise that I wrote a whole separate post on how to make spicy mayo, not just for Bánh Mì hot dogs, but also as a spread for sandwiches, a dip for sushi, a dip for vegetables, etc.

It's a mixture of mayonnaise, chili garlic sauce, toasted sesame oil, lime juice and zest, and soy sauce.

For a simpler version, you can simply mix together some mayo and sriracha or chili sauce! Or you can also buy store-bought spicy mayonnaise.

And if you're not a fan of spicy, feel free to use plain mayo for these Bánh Mì hot dogs, or even make your own cream sauce.

Read more about pickled vegetables on Bánh Mì

The pickled vegetables for a Bánh Mì sandwich are traditionally a combination of carrots and daikon radish. Here's a great recipe on how to make them Sandwich with pickled vegetables loose, with both vegetables.

I only opted for carrots here, just because they are more accessible in conventional grocery stories in the US. Feel free to add radish if you like, or even other types of radishes or other vegetables like parsnips!

Additionally, vegetables are usually cut into julienne strips. I made this by hand, but you can also use the attachment of a food processor. But grating carrots will work great here too: they'll be a little softer and less crunchy, but with a more potent pickled flavor.

Close-up view from above of Bánh Mì hot dogs, with spicy mayonnaise, pickled carrots, cucumbers and herbs.Close-up view from above of Bánh Mì hot dogs, with spicy mayonnaise, pickled carrots, cucumbers and herbs.

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Square photo of Bánh Mì hot dogs, viewed from above, surrounded by fresh mint, basil and cilantro with cucumber slices.Square photo of Bánh Mì hot dogs, viewed from above, surrounded by fresh mint, basil and cilantro with cucumber slices.

Hot Dog Bread

Bánh Mì hot dogs are a twist on the classic Vietnamese sandwich, ready in 15 minutes! The hot dogs are assembled with pickled carrots, spicy mayonnaise, cucumbers and plenty of fresh cilantro, mint and basil. They are so fresh and easy to enjoy!


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Course: Sandwich

Kitchen: Vietnamese

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Portions: 4 portions

Author: Elizabeth Lindemann

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ingredients

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 table spoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup gratinated carrots
  • 4 hot dog any type, see notes
  • 4 Hot dog buns
  • 4 spoons spicy mayonnaise store bought or homemade, see notes
  • ½ cup fresh coriander, mint and basil leaves preferably Thai basil
  • ½ cup sliced ​​cucumbers optional

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ¼ cup rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugarAND 1 teaspoon kosher salt until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the ½ cup grated carrots and toss to cover. Let it rest for about 10 minutes, while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

  • Cook the 4 hot dogs your preferred method. I cooked them in a pan with butter. Here it would be preferable to grill them, but you can also steam them, microwave them… whatever you want to cook is fine! And if you want you can also toast them 4 hot dog buns If you want.

  • Assemble the hot dogs, distributing them evenly 4 tablespoons spicy mayonnaise, ½ cup fresh coriander, mint and basil leavesAND ½ cup sliced ​​cucumbers on each hot dog bun, followed by the hot dogs and pickled carrots. Serve.

Notes

  • To make the homemade spicy mayonnaise for this recipe, mix together 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, ½ tablespoon chili garlic sauce, ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice and a little lime zest. Check out this post for more information on how to make homemade spicy mayo!
  • Hot dog: Pork is the meat of choice in a traditional Bánh Mì sandwich, so feel free to use a pork hot dog, but you can use any other type if you prefer. Beef, turkey, chicken, veggies… whatever you want!
  • Toast hot dog buns It's a great idea if you feel like it! If it's a little crunchy, it will mimic the crusty French bread usually used in a Bánh Mì sandwich.
  • For the pickled vegetables, a combination of carrots and Daikon radish is usually used in a Bánh Mì sandwich. Feel free to use radishes if you want, I opted for just carrots because they are more easily and widely available in the US. Here's more information about how to make homemade pickled vegetables for Bánh Mì.

Nutrition information disclaimer

The nutritional information provided is my best estimate and does not include added sodium from flavoring seasoning, any optional ingredients, and does not take into account brands. I use an automatic API to calculate this information. Feel free to calculate it yourself using one of these tools:

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