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Paleo Bahn Mi Inspired Tacos

Posted on May 24, 2014 by Alyssa Cassidy

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I grew up in an area without too many foreign, or exotic foods. I didn’t actively seek them out either, because I didn’t know much about them. As I grew up I began to love some of these combinations that were so new and foreign to me. 

One of the most simple, yet mind blowing foods I encountered was a bahn mi sandwich. A popular vietnamese sandwich that I fell in love with. 

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Toppings seem to vary, too, depending on where you get one. I’ve tried quite a few but the most memorable was one from a food truck at music festival years ago.

The thing I loved about this one, was a sweet plum sauce that covered the pork. We recreated it often, burger style. Bun, store bought plum sauce, spicy mayo slaw, and used a ginger spiced turkey burger as the base. 

After going paleo, I forgot about my favorite twist on the traditional bahn mi, but was recently reminded of it and inspired to recreate it, taco and paleo style. 

You will need:

  • 4 of your favorite paleo taco shells (my favorites: here, here, and here.)
  • pulled pork (I put a pork tenderloin in a crock pot with garlic, salt and pepper, covered with broth for about 6 hours, flipping halfway, then puling with a fork)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • julienned carrots and cucumber
  • rice vinegar
  • dash of fish sauce 
  • hot sauce
  • cashew butter (or a creamy tahini)
  • ginger powder
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • cilantro

Go ahead and prepare your pork (takes about 6 hours in a crock pot). 

Use a peeler to julienne your cucumber and carrots. Soak these in a few tbsp of rice vinegar (no sugar kind) and water while you’re prepping the rest.

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Chop cabbage to a coleslaw like size. Add 1 tsp cashew butter, a drizzle of hot sauce, a drizzle of rice vinegar, and a drop of fish sauce for extra umami (thanks Nom Nom Paleo!) Mix (I used my hands for best results) 

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Set the veggies and cabbage in the fridge until ready to serve. 

Blend 1/2 cup blackberries or your favorite seasonal berry (plums were nowhere to be found!) in a food processor with 1/4 up of water. Bring to a boil on the stovetop in a small pan. Add 1 tbsp raw honey, and stir until sauce has thickened.

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Take some of your pulled pork and heat it slightly on the stovetop. I sprinkled a little ginger powder on it for extra flavor.

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Assemble: lay a small handful of pork on your shell. Drizzle the fruit sauce on the pork, then top with the vinegar soaked veggies, and slaw. Sprinkle a few cilantro leaves and green onion on top.

ENJOY! 

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Posted in bahnmi, paleo, primal, taco


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