For today's lunch I was confronted with a fridge full of leftovers, so I improvised a dish that worked well. I started with some leftover BBQ pork ribs, stripped the meat off the bone, crisped up a baguette that I then sliced open. I placed the shredded BBQ on the bread, added slices of avocado and tomato, sprinkled liberally with everyone's favorite herb (cilantro
) and poured over it a dollop of salsa verde. I smushed the whole together and ate it blissfully.
My inspiration for all this, in case you hadn't already guessed, was my favorite fast food when in the SF Bay Area, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches that are both delightfully tasty and dirt cheap. My preferred version has Chinese char siu pork, vermicelli noodles, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and chili peppers with some indescribably tasty chili sauce. I view my version as more homage than imitation.