Vietnamese-Style Tofu Hero

This hot sandwich is a little more complicated than some of the others, but worth the time because it’s so delicious. Based on a popular Vietnamese baguette sandwich called a bánh mi, it brings together sweet vegetables and spicy-savory tofu. The layering of flavors and textures makes it a sort of exotic comfort food.
Vietnamese-Style Tofu Hero
Vietnamese-Style Tofu Hero

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4

    tsp. white pepper

  • 1/4

    tsp. ground cayenne

  • 1/2

    tsp. sweet paprika

  • 1

    tsp. dry mustard

  • 1

    tsp. ground ginger

  • 1/4

    cup soy sauce

  • 2

    Tbsp. minced chives

  • 1

    lb. extra-firm tofu, cut into 8 (1/4-inch) slabs

Directions

4 French demi-baguettes, split 4 Tbsp. vegan mayonnaise 4 Tbsp. chile oil 4 fresh cilantro sprigs ½ English cucumber, cut lengthwise into 4 slices ~ Asian Slaw Steps 1.Make the tofu: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except for the tofu. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place the tofu slabs in a single layer in the baking dish. Turn over to coat with the marinade. Bake for 20 minutes, turning the tofu over halfway through. 2.Assemble the sandwiches: Spread half of each baguette with 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the chile oil. Layer 1 sprig of cilantro and 1 cucumber slice (cut to fit, if necessary). 3.Place two pieces of the tofu and a spoonful of the Asian Slaw on each baguette half. Top with remaining baguette halves and cut sandwiches in half. Serve immediately. Related recipe: Asian Slaw

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