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Easter Leftovers – Banh Mi Sandwiches

easter leftover banh mi sandwiches

Yea. You read that title correctly. So what’s the connection between Easter leftovers and Bahn Mi sandwiches? Ham and hard boiled eggs, my friends! Because, let’s be honest. Raise your hand if, like me, you have Easter leftovers in your fridge. And keep that hand up if you hate wasting food. We could totally be friends. If you can’t stand another dinner of leftover ham and potatoes, this recipe is for you. Your family will never know that you’re simply repurposing Easter dinner into a new, totally different meal.

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Baked Vietnamese Chicken Wings

Baked Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

Whether you’re a Portlander or not, odds are you’ve heard of Pok Pok; a restaurant that took the foodie scene by storm in 2001 when it opened its doors. Owner Andy Ricker has since opened several more locations – including one in NYC – and won a prestigious James Beard for his innovative restaurant. Everything on the menu is drool-worthy, but Pok Pok’s most famous dish is the Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings. Don’t let the name scare you. These chicken wings are crack on a bone. So when I stumbled upon the recipe last month, I put it up on the refrigerator to make for Super Bowl.

Except that, naturally I couldn’t wait. Only, I made a slight modification: I baked these chicken wings instead of deep frying them. Because wings that are baked are practically healthy, yes? Yes. And  I promise, it doesn’t sacrifice flavor or crunch. Can’t you just see the crispiness in these photos. I’m getting hungry just editing this post.

Baked Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings Baked Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

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Double Dragon: Portland-style bahn mi

This year’s Taste Of The Nation offered bites from over 60 of the area’s top chefs and restaurants. One of my stand-out favorites was a surprisingly delicious sample from Double Dragon. This underdog stole the show by serving an open-faced version of it’s Portland-style bahn mi sandwiches.

Sam and I couldn’t wait to try the real deal, and arranged a double-date with one of our favorite couples to see what these sandwiches were really about. Double Dragon did not disappoint in delivering “crazy” bahn mi sandwiches as promised on the website.

The signage and decor was adorable, but the sandwiches were the clear visual take away:

{Chicken Chorizo Bahn Mi}
{Meatball Bahn Mi}

Sam’s Chicken Chorizo actually tasted like chorizo. The Veggie Bahn-Mi was like eating a fresh, spicy salad. But the group winner, which is also apparently the staff pick – was the Meatball Bahn Mi. It’s not the most traditional, but the homemade meatballs, aioli, jalepeno and pickled vegetables were a killer combination. It was spicy but balanced. Although I loved the heat, I’d recommend requesting light sauce if you’re a spice wuss.

Speaking of spicy, each of the sandwiches came with a side of spicy-potato chips. And speaking of being a wuss, I was glad that we had also ordered the jicama salad to cool the fire in my mouth. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining. It was totally worth it.

You know what else was totally worth it? The toasted coconut cookie (from Le Cookie Monkey), and a glass of homemade sweet tea. The crew at Double Dragon nailed this savory/sweet drink made of house-made black tea infused with lemongrass and basil.

The reviews of Double Dragon in Portland have been mixed, but here’s my two cents. I’ve never been to Vietnam, and I’m sure these are not traditional Vietnamese sandwiches (per the sign at the door). But, any sandwich that packed with flavor is definitely worth $7.50 in my book. Add in the cute decor and patio – and this seriously might be my new summer hang out.