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May 20, 2013 05:04 AM

Vietnamese Mayo Recipe for Banh Mi

Does anyone have a recipe for the Vietnamese style mayo for Banh Mi Sandwiches? Using regular mayo is just not the same... and from what I remember, Vietnamese Mayo is much more yellow and buttery than the traditional mayo. Please help!

Thanks in advance :)

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  1. have you tried using japanese kewpie mayo?

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      I asked if the shop I go to uses Kewpie on theirs; they don't.
      What with the language barrier, I couldn't understand the name of the brand she told me they use. Next time I'll try to nail it down. I really like Kewpie, though.

      1. re: greygarious

        I think difference is that hellman's uses 'lemon' and kewpie uses rice vinegar.

    2. What brand of mayonnaise do you use? I've never thought that the mayo on a banh mi is yellow or buttery, but I agree there is a bit more going on there. I use Hellman's doctored with Maggi or fish sauce, a bit of sugar and a chili sauce to add an additional dimension.

        1. re: HillJ

          try asking if you can see the bottle.

          the banh mi shops around here are tiny -- i doubt any are making fresh mayo due to the food poisoning risk. while you and i both know it's small, it's not something many mom & pops are willing to risk.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Isn't the OP asking in order to recreate the mayo @ home? Either link provided so far would work well.

        2. Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen and other things, gives this.

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          1. re: c oliver

            I've made Andrea Nguyen's banh mi sandwich with her barbecue pork roast (char siu - from scratch not the "quick" recipe) and her mayonnaise several times and it's out of this world...!


            1. re: c oliver

              Thank you so much for the link! Glad to hear that others have tried it and it turned out well :)

            2. I usually doctor kewpie mayo with some fresh garlic and lemon juice. Suits me just fine.