Banh Mi Bowls

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These Banh Mi Bowls are packed with seasoned ground pork, quick veggie slaw, and the best sauce. These bowls are easy to make, packed with nutrition, and delicious!

Picture of white bowl holding banh mi ingredients: rice, ground pork mixture, cilantro, cucumber, lime, pickled radish and carrot, and Sriracha mayo

Banh Mi Bowls

First things first, I claim no authenticity to Vietnamese food with these Banh Mi bowls. But in creating this dish, I was inspired by a Banh mi sandwich. And these bowls have some of the components and flavors of a banh mi sandwich so banh mi bowls it is!

And these bowls are so good. So good in fact, that my husband (who rarely enjoys eating the same meals over and over again) asked if I could make this often for our weekly meal prepping 🙂

Up close picture of cucumbers for banh mi bowls

These bowls are quick & easy to make. Although there are a few different steps to making these Banh Mi bowls: the base, meat, toppings, and sauce — each element is simple and comes together quickly.

How to make Banh Mi Bowls

  • First up: the base which I’m using regular white rice here. You can use really whatever you’d like: brown rice or white rice, quinoa, farro, barley, etc.
  • Next: the “meat.” Banh Mi’s are typically made with sliced pork or pork belly, so I’m using ground pork for these bowls. Browning the pork takes mere minutes and there aren’t too many added ingredients: salt + pepper, garlic, green onions, basil, Sriracha, a little white sugar, and fish sauce.
    • If you don’t eat pork (or the smell of the pork cooking bothers you) feel free to use ground beef or ground chicken. While I haven’t tried either, I imagine they’d be delicious in the place of pork. The pork base in this recipe is adapted from these pork meatballs from Epicurious. We are obsessed with them!

Overhead close up picture of pickled radish and carrot mix for banh mi sandwich

How to make Banh Mi Bowls cont.

  • Third: the bowl additions: cilantro, lime, jalapeños, cucumber sticks, and pickled carrots + radishes. The first four additions require very little prep: coarsely chop or pull off cilantro leaves, slice the limes to wedges, thinly slice the jalapeños, and matchstick the cucumber. Add any or all of these to the bowls. The pickled carrots + radishes take a couple extra minutes to throw together, but the flavor they add to these Banh Mi Bowls is well worth the effort!
    • I’m using regular red radishes in these photos, but if you’re hoping for something more authentic I’d recommend daikon radishes.
  • Last: the sauce. Truly what ties everything together; this sauce is unbeatable! Again, super simple to prepare and just a few ingredients: lime zest + juice, Sriracha, and mayo!

Assemble the Banh Mi bowls: base – meat – toppings – sauce and enjoy!

Up close photo of sriracha lime mayo for banh mi bowls

Side angle of white bowl holding banh mi ingredients: rice, ground pork mixture, cilantro, cucumber, lime, pickled radish and carrot, and Sriracha mayo

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Banh Mi Bowls

5 from 6 votes
The beloved Vietnamese Banh Mi in simple bowl form. Easy to make, packed with nutrition, and delicious!
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Banh Mi Bowls

5 from 6 votes
The beloved Vietnamese Banh Mi in simple bowl form. Easy to make, packed with nutrition, and delicious!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword Banh Mi Bowls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 317kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Meat

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper (1 teaspoon of each)
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Bowls

  • 1 cup uncooked white or brown rice
  • 2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 2 cups radishes, cut into matchsticks (for a more authentic use peeled daikon -- Japanese white radish)
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • fresh cilantro, jalapeños, additional green onions

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup full fat regular mayo
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha

Instructions

Bowls

  • Combine the matchstick carrots, matchstick radishes, rice vinegar, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature for one hour, gently stirring the mixture every 15-20 minutes.
  • Follow package directions to cook the rice. Set aside when finished.

Sauce

  • Whisk all of the ingredients: the mayo, lime juice, lime zest, and sriracha into a bowl until smooth. Cover and chill in the fridge.

Meat:

  • In a large pan, add the sesame oil. Heat to medium high and then add in the pork and salt + pepper. Cook the pork, breaking with a spoon into small pieces, until cooked through, about 7-9 minutes. Stir in the green onions and stir for another 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for one more minute. Stir in the fish sauce, sriracha, and sugar. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped basil. 
  • To assemble: Divide the cooked rice evenly among 4 bowls. Top with even amounts of the pork. Using a slotted spoon, pull out even amounts of the pickled veggies and place in the bowls. Add even amounts of matchstick cucumber to the bowls. Finish off the bowls with desired amounts of sauce and optional additions as desired: fresh cilantro, fresh green onions, thinly sliced jalapenos, and lime wedges. 

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Recipe Notes

*Available in the Asian foods section of many supermarkets and at Asian markets. **Available at some supermarkets and at Asian markets.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 317kcal

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Recipe adapted from Epicurious

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Didn’t necessarily taste like a banh mi, but the spiciness was spot on, and the crunch with the vegetables was perfect. Loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was to die for. I served it on cauliflower rice and it was seriously amazing. cant wait to eat the left overs today.

  3. 5 stars
    These were so delicious! They are unique and fresh. I am trying to find healthy, flavor-packed meals my family will enjoy and Chelsea has really helped. Thank you!!

  4. 5 stars
    Very Very delicious!!! Will definitely make again, however the prep time should be adjusted to reflect the hour that the slaw sits in total while you toss every 15-20 min. Other than that, no complaints!

  5. 5 stars
    OMG, delicious. I added ginger and used soy sauce instead of fish sauce just because I didn’t have it in my cupboard and with the sesame sauce it was a hit! Thank you!

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