Recipe
Miss Hay's Vietnamese Po'boy

Miss Hay's Vietnamese Po'boy

Miss Hay, or "Momma" as she is known to the other cooks, has cooked at NOLA Restaurant since 1992! She shares her love of her native Vietnamese cooking with us here in this delicious roast pork po'boy.

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 1/2 hours plus overnight marinating
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork butt
  • One 1.76 ounce packet Roast Red Pork Seasoning Mix (Lobo brand preferred)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound duck or chicken livers, patted dry
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 2 bunches green onions, white portion only, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Four 8-inch pieces of po'boy bread or 4 individual Vietnamese banh mi loaves, halved lengthwise
  • Mayonnaise, to taste
  • 1 large cucumber, seeds removed and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 to 3 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded, and julienned
  • 1 cup cilantro sprigs
  • Soy sauce, to taste

Directions

  • Cut the pork into long strips about 1 ½ inches wide. In a medium bowl, combine the packet of seasoning mix with the water and stir to dissolve. Add the pork and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  • While the pork is marinating, make the paté. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat and sauté the livers together with the onion and green onions until onion is translucent. Add the chicken stock, fish sauce, and black pepper, bring to a simmer, and cook until the livers are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain the livers in a coarse sieve (reserve cooking liquid separately). Transfer the livers and vegetables to the bowl of a food processor and allow to cool briefly, then process until smooth, adding as much of the cooking liquid as necessary to form a smooth mixture.  Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Set aside to cool, then refrigerate, covered, until ready to make the sandwiches, up to several days in advance.

  • To make the pickled carrots, combine the vinegar and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, transfer the vinegar mixture to a nonreactive bowl and add the carrots and garlic. Refrigerate until ready to make the sandwiches, up to several days in advance.

  • When you are ready to make the sandwiches, preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the pork from the marinade and pat dry. Discard marinade. Place the pork on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake (uncovered) for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly, then slice the pork crosswise into thin slices. (Alternatively, the pork may also be grilled or broiled until well-done.)

  • Place the bread in the oven until warmed through and slightly crisp – 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Spread the bottom cut sides of the bread with mayonnaise and divide the pork slices evenly among the sandwich bottoms. Top with the cucumber slices, pickled carrots, julienned jalapenos and cilantro sprigs.  Sprinkle lightly with soy sauce if desired. Spread the top cut sides of the bread with the paté and place on top to close the sandwiches. Serve immediately.