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Roy Choi’s SPAM Bánh Mì

Roy Choi’s “L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food” is a heartfelt immigrant story AND it includes a fantastic recipe for SPAM Bánh Mì (step-by-step photos below).

L.A. Son by Roy Choi About the book (via Amazon):

Abounding with both the food and the stories that gave rise to Choi’s inspired cooking, L.A. Son takes us through the neighborhoods and streets most tourists never see, from the hidden casinos where gamblers slurp fragrant bowls of pho to Downtown’s Jewelry District, where a ten-year-old Choi wolfed down Jewish deli classics between diamond deliveries; from the kitchen of his parents’ Korean restaurant and his mother’s pungent kimchi to the boulevards of East L.A. and the best taquerias in the country, to, at last, the curbside view from one of his emblematic Kogi taco trucks, where people from all walks of life line up for a revolutionary meal.

Filled with over 85 inspired recipes that meld the overlapping traditions and flavors of L.A.—including Korean fried chicken, tempura potato pancakes, homemade chorizo, and Kimchi and Pork Belly Stuffed Pupusas—L.A. Son embodies the sense of invention, resourcefulness, and hybrid attitude of the city from which it takes its name, as it tells the transporting, unlikely story of how a Korean American kid went from lowriding in the streets of L.A. to becoming an acclaimed chef.

The book is co-written with Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan. Available at bookstores and Amazon.com

Roy Choi’s SPAM Bánh Mì Recipe (posted with permission). Enjoy!

Spam Bánh MìINGREDIENTS

For the pickles:
1 cup julienned daikon
1 cup julienned carrots
1/2 cup natural rice wine vinegar (not seasoned)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup of water

For the sandwiches:
4 demi baguettes
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Maggi seasoning
1 tablesppon Sriracha
Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 can of SPAM, cut into 8 thin steaks
Fresh cilantro sprigs
Fresh Thai basil or opal basil leaves
Fried Shallots (store-bought)
Limes

INSTRUCTIONS

Daikon and Carrot Quick Pickle for Spam Bánh Mì
Place the daikon and carrots in a small bowl. Combine the vinegar, salt, sugar, and water in a small pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn off the heat and let it cool until it’s warm. Pour over the daikon and carrots and let it sit for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Note: The second time I made this, I added fresh chiles from my garden.

Frying Shallots for Spam Bánh Mì
Instead of store-bought shallots, I made my own. Just thinly slice shallots and fry in 350º oil until brown, then drain and lightly salt.

MaggiMayCha Sauce for Spam Bánh Mì
Cut the baguettes in half but keep them intact. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the Maggi seasoning and the Sriracha. I’m calling this Roy’s MaggiMayCha and I’ve been slathering it on EVERYTHING!

Slather the cut sides of the baguettes with softened butter and toast them in your toaster oven or in a pan over low heat until they’re nice and crispy. Set aside.

Frying Spam In Brown Butter
Heat the oil (I used brown butter) in a skillet, add the SPAM, and cook over medium heat until it’s golden brown in color. Transfer to a paper towels and reserve.

Ready To Assemble the Spam Bánh Mì
Slather the buttered sides of the baguettes with the spicy mayonnaise. To build the sandwiches, place the SPAM on the bottom half of each baguette, then top with the pickled daikon and carrots and add a layer of cilantro and basil (I used regular basil).

Spam Bánh Mì
Top with the fried shallots and a squeeze of lime and close up the baguette. CRUNCH!

11BanhMi
Not a fan of SPAM? Try it with grilled provolone instead!

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BEST SANDWICHES IN TOWN (ok, so these are my favorite sandwiches in town)…

Michael Voltaggio’s ink sack:

ink sack's Spicy Tuna
spicy tuna miso-cured albacore, sriracha mayo

ink sack's Cold Fried Chicken
cold fried chicken house-made ranch cheese, gindo’s spice of life

ink sack's Banh Mi
banh mi pork butt, pork belly, chicharrónes, pickled vegetables

ink sack's Spanish Godfather
the Jose Andres aka “the spanish godfather” serrano, chorizo, lomo, manchego

ink sack's CLT (Chicken Liver Mousse)
c.l.t. chicken liver mousse, curried chicken skin, lettuce, tomato

ink sack's Maple Pepper Turkey
maple-pepper turkey melt camembert, mustarda, arugula

ink sack's Beef Tongue Reuben
“reuben” corned beef tongue, appenzeller cheese, kraut, russian dressing

ink sack's Maryland Crab Chips
maryland crab chips

AJ on the line @ Voltaggio's ink sack
Checking on the ink sack kitchen on opening day! AJ Ramirez on the line, Animal’s Jon Shook on far right.

Ink Sack at Home
Water melon sriracha, lime & pineapple chile y lemon. Great as a side… or take home for cocktails later!

Voltaggio's ink sackAll my photos from ink sack

ink sack
8360 melrose avenue #107
los angeles, california 90069

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Cemitas y Clayudas Pal Cabron

**Sadly, this restaurant is now closed**

Pal Cabron was the perfect way to celebrate “National Sandwich Day” (11/3/10), but of course I’d eat this cemita EVERY day if I could!

Pal Cabron's La Cabrona w Quesillo
A cemita is a Mexican sandwich that originated in the city of Puebla. Lucky for me, my friend Bricia owns TWO Cemita shops right here in L.A. (links below). Pictured above: La Cabrona w Quesillo cheese: Beef & Head Cheese

Pal Cabron's Clayudas
Pal Cabron doesn’t just sell sandwiches (it’s so much more)! A clayuda (or Tlayuda) is sort of like an Oaxacan pizza. I first tried it a few months back with the awesome StreetGourmetLA (aka Bill Esparza). I’m now addicted to the stringy Queso Oaxaca cheese. Pictured above: Clayudas Combinada

Pal Cabron's Chalupa w Carne
Tacos Arabes

Pal Cabron's Tacos Arabes
Chalupa (6 to an order. You will EAT them)

Natura Bar
Thankfully, my friends Julie and Brent joined me for this Pal Cabron FEAST, which included trying out several new drinks from Natura Bar next door. I’m not a fan of sugary drinks (any sweets really), so I really loved the subtle, fresh flavors.

More PHOTOS

Pal Cabron's Interior (Korea Town Location)Pal Cabron, Korea Town Location
3337 1/2 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Neighborhood: Koreatown
(213) 427-0601

Pal Cabron Website

Pal Cabron on Twitter

Pal Cabron on FaceBook

Natura Bar on FaceBook

More about the AWESOME Bricia and her brother Fernando (L.A. Times)

More about National Sandwich Day

Street Gourmet L.A.

Pal Cabron's Interior (Korea Town Location)

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