Every once and a while, you stumble on a great idea, so great that when you finally see it come to life, it is grander and better than you ever dreamed.
After a discussion about gourmet hot dogs and an article in Bon Apetit magazine, my friend Sean and I decided to make banh mi hot dogs. For those of you who might not be familiar with these truly delicious culinary wonders, they are a type of Vietnamese sandwich served on a baguette. But rather than take up too much time explaining all the magic they hold, I will give you a chance to read the wikipedia article.
Back now? Great. The plan was made, and I got cracking on preparing the ingredients to make our banh mi dog a reality. I bought cilantro, mini cucumbers (but any seedless one would work fine), jalapenos, and prepared the marinated carrots. Some people would include mayo or pate, but assuming that the hot dog was bad enough for us, we skipped those options. I also got some french bread instead of the usual soft hot dog roll. Here is a pic of the results (already bitten into as you can see):
I can’t tell you enough how tasty these were. Almost as good as regular banh mi. I really think it is the carrots and cilantro that really make everything incredible. I should start putting that stuff on everything..in fact, maybe I will. Below I have put the recipe for the carrots because it is insanely easy and I want people to make these hot dogs stat! No hard to find or special ingredients required!
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
Boil vinegar and add sugar. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Take off heat and let cool a bit before adding carrots. Stir to coat and let sit overnight in the fridge.