Bánh Mì Charcuterie Board

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A bánh mì charcuterie board has all the components of a Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich but deconstructed onto a board and is perfect for sharing!


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What is a Bánh Mì Charcuterie Board?

A bánh mì charcuterie board is a fun fusion of Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches and French charcuterie boards.

Traditional bánh mì sandwiches typically consist of a crispy baguette, various Vietnamese cold cuts, pâté, pickled vegetables, cilantro, and chili peppers.

On the other hand, charcuterie originates from France and means cured meats.

Today, charcuterie boards are wildly popular not only in France but globally.

It has a variety of flavors, textures, and everyone can make their own perfect bite.

A bánh mì charcuterie board combines the best of both worlds.

Of course it has all the components of a traditional Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich.

However, instead of assembling all the ingredients in between a baguette, the bánh mì is served deconstructed onto a board.

A bánh mì charcuterie board turns an individual meal into something that’s easy to snack on and also great for sharing.

When my friend told me she was having a board party, where everyone brings a different themed board, I knew I had to make a bánh mì board!

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Bánh Mì Charcuterie Board Ingredients

The beauty of a charcuterie board lies in the variety of flavors and textures, so let’s start by curating our ingredients.

You should include at least one or an assortment of items from each category: bread, meat, veggies, and spreads.

  • Bread
    • French baguette
    • Mexican bolillo
    • Crostini
    • Bagel chips
    • Crackers
  • Meat
    • Vietnamese pork ham (chả lụa or giò lụa)
      • This is usually the easiest Vietnamese cold cut to find. You can get in the refrigerator aisle of your local Vietnamese or Asian grocery store like 99 Ranch.
    • Headcheese
    • Pork shank
    • Char siu pork
    • Grilled pork
    • Pork belly
  • Veggies
    • Pickled carrots and daikon
      • It’s easy to make at home using this recipe here.
    • Cucumbers
    • Chili peppers
    • Jalapeños
    • Cilantro
  • Spreads

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How to Make a Bánh Mì Charcuterie Board

Bánh mì charcuterie boards are not traditional but it’s fun to switch things up with this Vietnamese-French fusion.

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to create a bánh mì charcuterie board that’s as visually beautiful as it is delicious!

As always, there is a recipe card at the end that you to print out, pin to Pinterest, or save for later.

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Prep the Ingredients

Before you begin assembling the bánh mì charcuterie board, prep the ingredients.

Firstly, wash all the veggies and herbs.

Then remove peels, stems, and inedible parts as needed.

Slice and cut each item like the Vietnamese ham, baguette, and cucumbers into bite size or individual pieces.

Aside from the spreads, people should be able to easily make a bite without needing to use a fork and knife.

As for the spreadable items like butter and pâté, place them into small dishes or ramekins.

I like to use decorative pieces to further elevate the board visually.

These beautiful Ikea tea light holders are one of my favorite things to put on charcuterie boards.

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Arrange the Board

Once the ingredients are ready, it’s time to arrange.

This is the fun part, it’s like edible arts and crafts!

For the board itself, you can use any circular or rectangular wooden board, cutting board, or medium to large tray.

I like to start with bread since it is the base of bánh mì.

For me, this is the centerpiece of the board.

I arrange the baguette slices in an “s” shape that runs like a river diagonally across the board.

Next, place the small dishes or ramekins holding the spreads inside the curves of the “s”.

Then fan out the sliced meats around the outside curves of the “s”.

Lastly, strategically fill in any gaps with the remaining ingredients like cilantro, cucumbers, and pickled carrots and daikon.

Furthermore, make sure there is an even distribution and balance of colors across the board.

Spread each item out as needed to fill up the board so there are no empty spaces.

As a result, the board will look more full, plentiful, and appetizing.

However, these are just my suggestions.

There are so many ways you can arrange your board.

It is most important to have fun with it and don’t be afraid to move things around as you go.

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How to Eat Bánh Mì Charcuterie Board

After assembling the board, provide small plates, picks, tongs, and/or spreader knives for easy serving and sampling.

The best part about a bánh mì charcuterie board is that everyone can customize and build their own bánh mì bites.

Start with the bread then layer on the spreads, meat, and veggies.

Of course, you can add as much or as little as you want.

However, my perfect bite is this (and in this order): baguette, butter or mayo, pâté, meat, cucumber, jalapeño, pickled carrots and daikon, and cilantro.

Regardless of how you choose to eat it, it will be delicious!

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If you’re a fan of this bánh mì charcuterie board, then here are some more fun Asian snack recipes that you’ll also need to try!

Save This Bánh Mì Charcuterie Board Guide!

I hope this guide for how to make a bánh mì charcuterie board is helpful and that you create your very own board!

It’s perfect for sharing at potlucks, gatherings, or to enjoy all to yourself!

Remember to save this guide so you have all the tips and shopping list to create an awesome board!

If you do make it, then please leave a rating and comment below. I’d love to know what you think!

Bánh Mì Charcuterie Board

A bánh mì charcuterie board has all the components of a Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich but deconstructed onto a board and is perfect for sharing!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 French baguettes
  • 1 Vietnamese pork ham (chả lụa or giò lụa)
  • 1 can (4.58 oz) pâté (Flower Brand)
  • pickled carrots and daikon
  • 1 cucumbers
  • 1 jalapeño
  • cilantro
  • French butter (Beurdell)
  • 3 wedges Laughing Cow cheese

Additional Ideas:

  • breads (Mexican bolillo, crostini, bagel chips, crackers)
  • meats (headcheese, pork shank, char siu pork, grilled pork, pork belly)
  • veggies (other types of chili peppers)
  • spreads (Vietnamese mayo (bơ), Japanese Kewpie mayo, Maggi or Knorr seasoning sauce, sriracha)

Instructions

  • Prepare the ingredients. Wash the veggies and cut each ingredient as needed into bite size or individual serving sizes. Place spreads into small dishes or ramekins.
  • Arrange ingredients on a clean wooden board, cutting board, platter, or tray. Include at least one or more items from each category: bread, meats, veggies, and spreads.
  • Serve with small plates, serving utensils, and enjoy!

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