Food on the Hill: Banh Mi

This Week’s Recipe: Banh Mi
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Ingredients for marinated carrots and daikon radish:
About a 5-inch piece, Daikon Radish
1 carrot
3 cups of water
3 tablespoons of rice vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons salt
Other ingredients:
2 pounds country pork ribs, trimmed
one bunch green onion, chopped in small rings
2/3 cup of sugar
1 container of lemon grass paste
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
 2 tablespoons sesame oil
5 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon peanut sauce
2 tablespoons water
one jalapeno pepper, sliced very thinly
sriracha sauce and mayonnaise, mixed
4 buns

About 4 days ahead:

Julianne the daikon radish and one carrot, set aside. In a small sauce pan mix together the 3 cups of water, vinegar, 3 tablespoons sugar, and the salt. Heat and stir until all is dissolved.  Take off the heat and add into the pan the julienned radish and carrots.

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Cool. When it is cooled, place all of the contents of the pan into a Ziploc and refrigerate until you build your sandwich.
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The Night Before: 
Trim off some of the fat on the ribs. Pound the meat until it is thinner. Place all of the pounded meat in a large Ziploc bag.
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Add the onions, sugar, lemongrass paste, fish sauce, black pepper, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, peanut sauce and water. Seal the bag  and squish the sauce around to mix it well.
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Marinate the meat in the refrigerator over night. Squish it a few times to move the sauce around during the marinating.
Grill the meat over medium heat. Pour left over marinade over the meat as it grills.
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When the meat it cooked place in a clean pan and set aside. Cut the buns and grill the buns also. Slather each side of the bun with the Sriracha mayo. Put a small layer of jalapeño pepper on the bottom bun. Take some of the meat and slice it into bite size pieces.
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Place it on top of the layer of peppers. Drain some of the radish and carrots and put on top of the meat. Place a layer of cilantro on top.
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)If you want you can add a little more jalapeño pepper here. Place the top of the bun on. Cut and eat!
Banh Mi
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