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

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary



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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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

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

  • 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.


Reviews (3)

13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
I was expecting to love this, as I like all of the flavors in it. However, it was overpoweringly, cloyingly sweet from the ketchup. I would try it again using a combination of tomato sauce and tomato paste in place of the ketchup. I might also reduce the amount of sauce ingredients by a quarter or a half, as it was pretty soupy.
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great weeknight supper sandwich. It has complex flavor and it's sweet and savory at the same time. I loved the texture of the green apple with the saucy beef. I feel like I just had gourmet take-out!
Rating: Unrated
Went to the Baogette in NY and ate this sandwich. It was delish. I live in Seattle so I am not able to got to this sandwich shop on a regular basis. I was so thrilled to watch the MS episode featuring this very same sandwich. I am even more thrilled to be make this recipe and enjoy this yummy sandwich on the west coast