Breakfast Banh Mi Recipe


Note: for best results, use a real banh mi bun from a Vietnamese bakery. If not available, a soft torpedo roll with a thin, crisp crust is ideal.

Recipe Details

Breakfast Banh Mi Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 80 mins
Serves 1 sandwich


  • 1 medium carrot, cut into fine matchsticks

  • 1 small daikon radish, cut into fine matchsticks

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 3 strips bacon, cut in half crosswise

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 banh mi bun (see note)

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • A few dashes Maggi seasoning

  • 1 long slice cucumber (cut lengthwise from entire length of cucumber)

  • 4 sprigs cilantro

  • 1 Thai bird chile, finely sliced

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black or white pepper


  1. To Make the Pickled Carrots and Daikon: combine carrots, daikon, salt, and sugar in a small bowl and toss to coat. Allow to rest 10 minutes until liquid has been drawn out of vegetables and salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Add vinegar and water and transfer to small, sealable container. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour, or for best results, allow pickled to rest for at least 3 days in the refrigerator.

  2. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400°F. Cook bacon in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until crisp and rendered, flipping once halfway through cooking, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate (leave bacon grease in skillet).

  3. Increase heat to medium high and heat until bacon fat starts lightly smoking. Add eggs, immediately reduce heat to medium, and cook, spooning hot bacon fat over egg tops as they cook until set to desired consistency (I like my yolks runny and white edges crisp). Transfer eggs to paper towel-lined plate with bacon.

  4. Toast bread in oven or toaster oven until hot and crisp, about 3 minutes. Split in half lengthwise, leaving a hinge. Spread both sides with mayonnaise and a few dashes of Maggi seasoning. Layer bacon strips along bottom and top with eggs. Top with pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber slice, cilantro sprigs, and chiles. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
718 Calories
47g Fat
42g Carbs
32g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 718
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 418mg 139%
Sodium 2214mg 96%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 218mg 17%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 682mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)