Thursday, May 29, 2014

Asian Street Sandwiches

First Day of First Grade
Last Day of First Grade!
Last Friday was Marlie's last day of first grade!  I can't tell that she changed much during the school year, but maybe to others she did.  We basically spent the end of last week outside every afternoon and evening.  That usually means that we are slackers when it comes to preparing dinner, but I actually did prep these sandwiches for us one afternoon.  You can find the recipe for these sandwiches on the Food Network website, but it seems to be a little different than the original from years ago.  We love these sandwiches and per the request of our neighbors, here is the recipe we use.

Asian Street Sandwiches

Makes 6 servings

3 T soy sauce
2T packed brown sugar
2T oyster sauce
2T garlic, crushed
1T grated fresh ginger
1t plus 2T chili garlic sauce
1 t sesame oil
1lb pork roast, sliced on the bias into 12 thin pieces
1/4 c rice wine vinegar
1/4 c mirin (Asian cooking wine)
1T fresh mint, minced
1 med cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup mayo
2T olive oil
6 hero rolls, split
6 romaine lettuce leaves
1 cup cilantro leaves, stemmed and cleaned

In a medium size bowl, mix 2T of soy sauce, 1T of sugar, 1T of oyster sauce, garlic, ginger, 1 t of chili garlic sauce and 1/2 t sesame oil.

Add pork and toss to coat.
Transfer to a resealable plastic bag, remove the air and let marinate in refrigerator 4 to 4 1/2 hours.

Combine remaining 1T soy sauce, 1T brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, mirin and mint;  mix until sugar dissolves.
Add cucumber and marinate 10-15 minutes.

In a small bowl, blend mayo with remaining 1T oyster sauce, 2T chili garlic sauce and 1/2 t sesame oil.  
Let sit for 5 minutes.

In medium saute pan or hot grill, cook meat to medium rare, until it registers 145 on an instant read thermometer, about 3 minutes.
Transfer pork to plate or platter.

Drizzle olive oil on rolls & brown lightly on grill or under broiler, about 2 minutes.
Spread mayo onto each roll, dividing evenly.
Place pork in roll, top with marinated cucumbers, lettuce and cilantro.
Slice in half and serve.

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