How to Craft Saigon-Style Bread with Combo Pan

How to Craft Saigon-Style Bread with Combo Pan
Elly Huynh
How to Craft Saigon-Style Bread with Combo Pan

Savor the distinctive flavors of Saigon with our recipe for the iconic Bread with Combo Pan (Banh Mi Chao). This delightful dish features marinated beef, adorned with black pepper sauce and an array of tantalizing toppings.

I. Ingredients:

  • 300 grams beef tenderloin
  • 200 grams lean pork chop
  • 150 grams pate
  • 150 grams Cha Lua (pork roll)
  • 1 packet of sausages
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 3-4 loaves of bread
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • Spices: Salt, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, stock powder, pepper
  • Cooking oil, butter, tapioca starch

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Step 1-Saigon-style bread with combo pan
Sliced beef is thoroughly marinated with various seasonings. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy

II. Instructions:


  • Trim tendons from beef tenderloin and slice thinly against the grain.
  • Marinate beef slices with a mixture of oyster sauce, soy sauce, pepper, sugar, stock powder, and crushed garlic.
  • Tenderize pork chop with a meat pounder and marinate with salt.
  • Cut pork rolls, pate, onion, and coriander as specified.

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Pork cutlets after being pounded. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy
  • Prepare a black pepper sauce mixture by combining oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, seasoning powder, and crushed black pepper.
  • Dissolve the mixture in water and adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Enhance the sauce by adding tapioca starch mixed with water.

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Step 3-Saigon-style bread with combo pan
Eggs, pate, sausages, and pork rolls to serve as toppings. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy

Step 4-Saigon-style bread with combo pan
The black pepper sauce, along with ingredients such as coriander, onions, and butter, plays a significant role in determining the overall flavor of the dish. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy

2.Cooking Process:

a. Cook the Pork Chops:

  • Pan-fry pork chops until lightly browned on both sides.
  • Cut into bite-sized pieces or keep intact for presentation.

Step 5-Saigon-style bread with combo pan
The pork chops sizzle to a golden brown. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy

b. Cook the Eggs:

Fry eggs in a pan until the whites shrink, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Step 6-Saigon-style bread with combo pan
Sunny side-up eggs, with the yolk still runny and intact, create a sunny appearance. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy

c. Cook the Beef:

  • Melt butter, sauté garlic, and stir-fry beef until 60% done.
  • Add black pepper sauce mixture, incorporating onions until fully cooked.
  • Adjust seasoning and set aside.

Step 7-Saigon-style bread with combo pan
The stir-fried beef is coated in a dense black sauce. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy

d. Assembly:

  • Layer pate, sausage, fried eggs, pork chops, and pork roll.
  • Pour the beef and black pepper sauce mixture over the pan.

III. Finished Product:

Indulge in the ultimate combo pan experience – succulent beef, savory black pepper sauce, rich pate, fragrant pork cutlets, and sunny-side-up eggs – all nestled in crispy bread. Originating from the Hoa community in Ho Chi Minh City, this beloved recipe captures the city's preference for a slightly sweet taste, reflected in the addition of sugar to the sauce. Enjoy a taste of Saigon's culinary heritage!

Final Step-Saigon-style bread with combo pan
A serving of southern-style banh mi chao features abundant toppings including fried eggs, pork chops, stir-fried beef, sausages, pate and pork rolls. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy

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