Continuing our series on how to make your own banh mi sandwiches, is how to make homemade mayonnaise. The mayonnaise spread in Vietnamese banh mi is simply made from egg yolk, oil, salt, and lemon. To fancy things up, you can add optional ingredients such as garlic, sriracha, turmeric/curry, or whatever spices you think might tastes good. You can make it using a whisk, hand held mixer or blender.
Mayonnaise for Banh Mi (makes about 1/2 cup)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup oil (canola or corn)
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1 ts fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove finely minced garlic (optional)
In a large mixing bowl whisk egg yolk, salt, and lemon juice with about 2 tbs of oil (we also added some finely minced garlic). Whisk until ingredients are well emusifield. At this point, slowly drizzle remaining oil and continue to whisk until mixture becomes creamy. Alternatively, you can place all the ingrediants in a blender and slowly drizzle in the oil while blending until creamy. Make final adjustment with salt if necessary.
For a different twist and other uses besides banh mi, you can add seasonings such as garlic, mustard, Sriracha, chipotle, roasted red peppers, Creole seasoning, ginger, sesame oil…the flavors are endless.
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