Grilled Vietnamese Bread with Salt & Chili (Banh Mi Nuong Muoi Ot)
Every few years, I return to Vietnam. If asked, I go to visit my aging and loving grandparents. Secretly, it's about tasting cheap exotic eats of Vietnamese street food.
Banh Mi Nuong Muoi Ot is one such food. It has gotten really popular in the major cities of Vietnam recently. You will see young foodies, eagerly waiting in long lines to get a taste of this unique and flavorful snack from the many food stands that have popped up overnight. What makes this street food so popular is because it offers a taste of American and Vietnamese fusion. Plus, it's simple good food, and I can't imagine the wonders it does for a bad hangover.
Banh Mi Nuong Muoi Ot is a baguette that has been flatten with a rolling pin or the backside of a thick cutting board, then smeared with chili oil, scallion oil and melted butter. It is then grilled over charcoal, cut into bite-sized pieces with a pair of scissors and topped with mayo, Sriracha, slices of hot dogs or a sprinkle of dried pork/chicken floss. Once the bread hits the charcoal, the aroma from the chili oil, scallion oil and melted butter is pure heaven. Add on the savory toppings and creamy mayonnaise, and you got yourself a quick spicy, savory, crunchy snack.
The taste of Banh Mi Nuong Muoi Ot is so satisfying with many different flavors in play. It tastes even better when it'sright off the grill. Of course, you don't need to travel to Vietnam to get a taste of this delicious street food. You can simply make it at home. For now, the home version suits me just fine, while I wait for my next Vietnam trip coming soon. Enjoy the recipe below!
Grilled Vietnamese Bread with Salt & Chili Recipe (Banh Mi Nuong Muoi Ot)
Salt and Chili Sauce
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon sate chili oil (the salt is already in the sate chili oil)
In a small bowl, mix sugar, ground red pepper flakes, Sriracha sauce and sate chili oil until combined.
3-4 scallions (slice thin)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine sliced scallions and oil. Heat in microwave for 40 seconds.
3 small loaves french baguettes
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
Cooked hot dogs (cut into strips)
Dried pork/chicken floss
Flatten baguette with a rolling pin or anything heavy.
Brush on a good amount of butter, salt/chili sauce, and scallion oil.
Grill baguettes on all sides for crispy outer crust.
Transfer baguettes to serving dish. At this point, you can brush on more butter, salt and chili sauce and scallion oil if preferred. Cut into bite-size pieces.
Top with cooked hot dogs and dried pork/chicken floss. Drizzle with mayo and more Sriracha if preferred.