This past fall, I had my first Bahn Mi sandwich for lunch at my favorite Pho restaurant near my house. It’s pretty much a perfect sandwich. It has rich, savory meat topped with fresh, and pickled crunchy vegetables stuffed into a baguette with mayo and cilantro. This sandwich is up there in taste value with my favorite Philly Cheesesteak! I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Recently, JSL Foods, makers of Twin Dragon brand of egg roll and won ton wrappers, asked me to develop a new and original recipe incorporating their products. This was a no brainer for me as I have been using and enjoying their high-quality products for years. I decided that a version of Bahn Mi in a baked won ton cup would be something delicious to come up with.
How do you pack Bahn Mi fillings inside a tiny won ton cup?
Well, easy I suppose. Instead of the slow-roasted pork shoulder, I substituted ground pork. If you brown it, it takes on the deeper flavor of slow-roasted pork. When you add the umami flavors of the sauce it really takes the pork to another level without a lot of effort. Voila! Slow roasted pork flavor without spending the day in the kitchen.
The trick to the salad, slice the veggies as thin as possible. This makes it easier to fit inside the won ton as well.
One last thing, you can easily use the full-size egg roll wrappers if you prefer a larger “bowl” for serving. Follow the instructions for baking the won ton skins in the recipe card below. Just add more ingredients to make it more of a full-size meal.
Where to Buy Twin Dragon products?
You can purchase Twin Dragon Wrappers at Walmart, Albertsons, Shaw’s, Von’s, Stater Bros, Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway, Associated Stores, Giant Stores, Shop N Shop, Winco, and Price Chopper! If your local grocery doesn’t sell this fine line of products, ask your store manager to carry them. Most store managers, in my past experience, are more than happy to accommodate customer requests when it comes to new products.
Enjoy this recipe. It tastes great and is terrific for just about any meal or get together!
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Bahn Mi Won Ton Cups
- muffin pan
For The Sauce
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or Tamari
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons siriacha sauce
- 1 serano pepper, minced
For The Pork Filling
- 2 tablespoons olive or a neutral oil (vegetable or canola)
- 1 pound ground pork can substitute ground turkey or chicken
- 1/2 cup finely diced onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 of the prepared sauce
For The Salad
- 2-3 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
- 1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
- 1 carrot, shredded on a box grater
- 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 package fresh won ton wrappers (about 24)
- Reserved prepared sauce
To Make The Won Ton Cups
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Spray a regular-sized muffin tin liberally with cooking spray. Place a won ton wrapper in each hole of the muffin tin. Spray again with cooking spray and bake for 8-10 minutes or until each won ton is slightly browned.
- Remove the won tons from the oven and set the cups aside to cool.
To Make The Sauce
- In a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, add the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce, siracha, and peppers. Heat for 30 seconds or so to dissolve the sugar. Mix well and set aside.
To Make the Pork Filling
- place the oil in a large-sized saute pan and heat over medium heat. Add the pork, onions, garlic, and salt. Cook until the meat begins to brown and the onions are translucent. About 7 minutes or so. Add 1/2 of the reserved sauce and cook until the liquid is evaporated. Remove from the heat and set aside.
To Make The Salad
- In a medium-sized bowl, toss together the cabbage, peppers, scallions, carrots, and cilantro. Set aside.
To Make The Won Ton Cups
- Fill each wonton cup with a tablespoon or so of the pork mixture, top with a bit of the salad mixture. Add a teaspoon or so of the sauce and serve.