Instant Pot Banh Mi is a Vietnamese Pork Sandwich that delivers an explosion of flavors. This Asian sandwich is assembled on toasted French bread or baguette with pork, pickled vegetables, and fresh herbs. Bring the flavors of your favorite banh mi food truck or takeout to your kitchen with this easy Instant Pot Vietnamese recipe.
Transfer the pork from the Instant Pot to a large bowl and reserve the cooking liquid.
Shred the meat using two forks or a meat shredder and remove any visible fat.
Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, on the stovetop. Add oil to the frying pan and let it heat up.
Spread two cups of meat in the pan and saute until browned and caramelized on one side. Add cooking liquid (1 to 2 teaspoons at a time) to moisten the meat and deglaze the pan, up to 2 tablespoons total. Let the liquid get incorporated into the meat. (Taste as you go to make sure the meat doesn't get too salty.)
Slice the pork tenderloin into thin (1/4 inch) slices. Optionally, pound the meat with a meat mallet to thin out.
In a large bowl, mix lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, black pepper, Chinese 5-spice powder, and sugar. Marinate the pork in the banh mi sauce for 2 to 4 hours or overnight.
Heat a large nonstick frying pan or grill pan over high heat.
Add oil and let it heat up. Remove the pork from the marinade.
Add the pork slices to the frying pan in an even layer, and let the meat sear on both sides till cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Deglaze with a couple of tablespoons of the marinade if the meat starts to burn. To avoid overcrowding the meat, sear the meat in batches.
Assemble the Sandwich
Cut a 6-inch piece of baguette in half lengthwise.
Spread butter on the inside of both halves.
Toast the bread on both sides on a griddle or in the oven on a tray.
Generously spread mayo on one half of the baguette.
Generously spread pâté on the other half.
Layer pork, pickled daikon and carrots, a few drops of Maggi sauce, cucumber slices (if using), cilantro, and sliced jalapenos on the bottom half.
Top with the other half of the baguette and serve the banh mi immediately.
Prep time does not include steps that are already accounted for in the ingredient list, e.g. minced garlic, cut vegetables, etc.
Bread should not be hard and chewy, but light and airy
If you're making a larger quantity of pork shoulder, cut it into 2 or 3 pieces
Nutrition information is for cooking pork shoulder in the Instant Pot.
NOTE: Some recent Instant Pots are getting the Food Burn or Burn error messages with this recipe. You may need to add 1/4 broth (plus some additional fish sauce, lime juice, and spices to avoid dilution of flavor) if your Instant Pot is prone to getting these messages.