Po Mì: A Sandwich Love Story
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Asian Comfort Fusion
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Serves: 4 to 8
 
...a po'boy and a banh mi walk into a bar...
Ingredients
  • for the pickled vegetables:
  • ~1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • ~1 cup daikon or radish, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • for the shrimp:
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp creole seasoning (Tony Chachare)
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • to assemble:
  • 4 French baguettes or 8 slider buns, or your favorite bread
  • mayonnaise
  • cilantro
  • jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • Maggi seasoning (optional)
  • hot sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. for the pickled vegetables:
  2. Place the carrot and radish in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and 2 teaspoons of the sugar. Use your hands to knead the vegetables for about 3 minutes. This helps remove some of the liquid from the veggies. Once they soften, liquid will pool at the bottom of the bowl. Stop kneading when you can bend a piece of carrot so that the ends touch but the turnip does not break. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water, then press gently to remove extra water. Transfer to a clean jar.
  3. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, vinegar, and the water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour over the vegetables. The brine should cover the vegetables. Let the vegetables pickle for at least 1 hour before eating. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
  4. for the shrimp:
  5. In a large skillet, heat about 1/2" of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Combine the cornmeal, flour, creole seasoning and seasoned salt in a bowl and mix well. Dip the shrimp in milk, then dredge in the cornmeal mixture. Fry until cooked through and crispy, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. to assemble:
  7. Split your bread in half and spread both sides with a thin layer of mayonnaise (or more to taste). Sprinkle with hot sauce and Maggi seasoning (optional). Place shrimp down, followed by cilantro, pickled veggies, and thinly sliced jalapeno. Devour.
Recipe by FMITK: From My Impossibly Tiny Kitchen at https://www.fmitk.com/po-mi-a-sandwich-love-story/