Meatball Banh Mi Sandwich
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Crisp veggies, tender meatballs, and crusty bread with a soft center: This sandwich has it all.

4 servings

Active Prep: 20 min
Cook: 10 min


  • For quick-pickled vegetables:

  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 Jalapeno or Fresno pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. Sweet Sesame Stir-Fry Veggie Shaker
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • For meatballs:

  • 1 (28 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 Tbsp. Sweet Sesame Stir-Fry Veggie Shaker
  • 4 hoagie or french rolls

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This recipe is featured in Spice Club, Savory’s spice of the month club. Here are substitution suggestions for adapting the recipe to different palates:

Vegetarian/Vegan: See our recipe for Mushroom Banh Mi Sandwich.

Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free rolls or serve the sandwich filling over a bed of rice.


For quick-pickled vegetables: Combine radishes, pepper, onion, vinegar, cilantro, salt, sugar, and Sweet Sesame Stir-Fry Veggie Shaker in a bowl. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise then cut into thin slices. Using a vegetable peeler, shave carrot into long strips. Add cucumber and carrot to pickling liquid, toss to coat veggies, and let sit while preparing meatballs.

For meatballs: Combine tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Mix pork and Sweet Sesame Stir-Fry Veggie Shaker together in a bowl. Form pork mixture into 12 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs. Place meatballs in tomato sauce. Simmer until internal temperature of meatballs reaches 165 degrees, about 15 min.

To assemble: Slice rolls horizontally, being careful not to slice through. Place 3 meatballs on each roll and smash slightly with the back of a spoon. Spoon additional tomato sauce over meatballs and top with pickled vegetables.

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