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Banh Mi Bowls

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



  • 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


  • 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


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



  • 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.


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


  • 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. 



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


Calories: 317kcal