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What to serve with Banh mi at birthday party

Lotus7 Feb 20, 2012 05:23 PM

Im going to be serving an assortment of Banh mi for the adults attending my kids bday party. What should I serve on the side? has to be really easy as I'll have a house full of out of town guests-prefer something prepared night before. Even considering purchasing frozen potstickers and making dipping sauce. Any suggestions? Thx in advance....

  1. chefj Feb 20, 2012 05:26 PM

    Could you pick up some Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Fried Rolls or Pork Meat balls at the same place you get your Banh Mi? They should be able to provide sauces as well.

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    1. re: chefj
      grant.cook Feb 20, 2012 08:16 PM

      Mmmm... Vietnamese spring rolls with tasty peanut sauce..

      1. re: chefj
        jen kalb Feb 21, 2012 11:43 AM

        ditto. we always have the fried spring rolls (pork filled) (with the provided vietnamese dipping sauce, not peanut) as an adjunct to our bahn mi. Good textural contrast. Some fruit would also be nice.

      2. greygarious Feb 20, 2012 06:44 PM

        The banh mi IS a pretty filling sandwich. Its heritage is partly French, so it is appropriate for Euro-centric accompaniments. I'd have potato salad or macaroni salad. Not coleslaw since the sandwich has carrot/daikon slaw. Maybe offer potato chips or cups of a light soup but I really don't think you need a lot of accompaniments.

        1. ipsedixit Feb 20, 2012 08:15 PM

          Potato chips

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            boogiebaby Feb 21, 2012 11:23 AM

            My suggestion as well. I'd go with the asian hot and spicy chips (Calbi brand I think). Or some spring rolls. If you want to go a bit untraditional, you could do one of those cabbage salads with the crunchy ramen noodles in it.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              JungMann Feb 21, 2012 11:30 AM

              When I was a kid I was always a fan of kropek. All the bright colors were especially dazzling in the fryer and would not be out of place at a children's party.

            2. mamachef Feb 21, 2012 07:51 AM

              Wasabi Kettle Chips? Plain Kettle Chips?
              Banh mi contains just about everything except for rice noodles; you could do a very simple salad with a ginger/peanut dressing.

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