Sloppy Bao

Try this recipe for sloppy bao, a Vietnamese sandwich with spicy curry beef and mango, courtesy of Baoguette's Michael Bao.

  • Servings: 8
Sloppy Bao

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009


  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped lemongrass
  • 1/4 cup Thai red-curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 20 Thai basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • Coarse salt
  • 8 (8-inch) lengths of baguette, halved horizontally
  • 2 cups julienned green mango or Granny Smith apple, for serving
  • Thinly sliced jalapenos, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add beef, shallot, lemongrass, red-curry paste, and garlic. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in ketchup, fish sauce, 10 basil leaves, brown sugar, and mustard. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

  4. Place baguettes in oven and cook until toasted, about 2 minutes. Fill each baguette with about 1 cup beef mixture, and top with remaining 10 basil leaves, mango, and jalapenos. Serve immediately.


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