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A Vietnamese sandwich shop classic, tender pork gets marinated in a sweet fish sauce-based marinade before being quick-grilled and stuffed into a sandwich with jalapeño peppers, pickled carrots and daikon radish, and cilantro. Personally, I'd also stick in a fat stick of cucumber for its fresh crunch. This recipe works fine in crisp French bread, but if you can find a real banh mi-style rice flour baguette, all the better.
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