Cooking lamb this way is da bomb. The Asian style marinade is a perfect flavour pairing with the lamb and the slow cooking ensures a tender result. In the original recipe the lamb is served in Chinese style buns but I don’t always have the time to devote to bun making, so I had the idea of serving it banh mi style in crusty French bread with all of the Vietnamese trimmings. Banh mi’s are traditionally stuffed with grilled pork or a type of Vietnamese sausage and can have additions such as pate, aoili and butter. When you buy them you will usually be given the option of a huge sprinkling of chilli, seeds and all. I love heat but find biting into chilli seeds a bit too intense for my liking so Sriracha is my chilli of choice for homemade banh mi.
We eat a lot of banh mi round these parts so I always have a jar of Pickled Carrots and Daikon in my larder but you can buy them from Asian supermarkets pre-pickled. Try to buy the freshest bread possible, it makes a big difference. The boyfriend picks it up from the Vietnamese bakery at his work, it’s super fluffy and slightly sweet. The major change I made from the original recipe is the cut of lamb that I used. I had a butterflied lamb leg in my freezer already so I used that instead of a shoulder. If you choose to go with a shoulder (they’re really good value) check out the original recipe for cooking times.
Lamb Banh Mi
1.2 kg butterflied lamb leg
4 spring onions, sliced
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp sriracha
1/4 cup white miso paste
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp light soy sauce
5 tbsp maple syrup
Combine all of the ingredients together except for the lamb in an oven tray with high sides, mix well.
Place the lamb in with the marinade, rub marinade all over the lamb.
Cover with cling film, place in the fridge and allow to marinate overnight.
Preheat oven to 200 C, while the oven is preheating take the lamb out of the fridge to come to room temperature (approx. 30 minutes).
Take the cling film off the lamb and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 mins, take the lamb out of the oven and cover with aluminium foil, place it back into the oven then turn the temperature down to 160 C, cook at this temperature for 1-2 hours (or until the lamb falls apart easily).
Shred with two forks, cover with aluminium foil again to keep it warm until serving.
French baguette rolls
Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon
Place the warm lamb in the rolls, add desired condiments to taste.