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Bahn Mi Puffy Tacos

Bánh mì puffy tacos. Taco 'bout a blast of flavor.

food

Bahn Mi Puffy Tacos

Bánh mì puffy tacos. Taco 'bout a blast of flavor.

Ingredients

  • For the pork: 1/2 pound boneless pork chop cut into 1/4 inch pieces, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons honey, 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon garlic finely minced and ground black pepper to taste
  • For the pickled vegetables: 1 carrot peeled and shredded, 4-5 few radishes thinly sliced, 1/2 medium cucumber thinly sliced, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4-6 corn tortillas
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • Cilantro, to taste
  • Spicy mayo (equal parts Sriracha and mayonnaise)
  • Oil for frying

Steps

  1. Combine pork and marinade ingredients. Allow to marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Make the pickles: in a bowl or sealable container, mix vinegar, sugar, and salt. Then mix in the vegetables and let sit for at least 1 hour.
  3. Drain off the pork marinade. Heat a little bit of oil in a pan, and cook the pork until caramelized. Should take about 5 minutes.
  4. In a shallow pot, heat oil to 375°F. Carefully lower one tortilla at a time into the oil. Once the tortilla begins to puff up and rise to the top, gently push the edge of a metal spatula into the center, bending it in half like a taco shape. Hold in place and cook until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and repeat the process.
  5. To assemble: fill the puffy taco shells with the caramelized pork, and top with the pickled vegetables, jalapeño, cilantro, and a drizzle of spicy mayo.