Lunch

Lunch

The French figured out a long time ago that the best way to cut the heat of a raw radish is to dip it into softened butter and sprinkle it with salt. They also take it one step further and put it on a baguette, turning it into a light lunch or a snack with wine.

Bricklayer get their name from the Spanish word albañil, or bricklayer, as tacos like these are a common meal served at lunchtime.

Here you go: a Sloppy Joe sandwich that tastes better than your old cafeteria’s, and it happens to be vegan!

Viet cooks love to grill thinly sliced pork; it's no wonder banh mi thit nuong is one of the ubiquitous options at Viet delis. 

Shrimp cooked in caramel sauce (tom kho) is among my favorite Viet comfort foods.

With two eggs on hand, you can make a fried egg banh mi (banh mi trung) -- breakfast for many people and my own favorite anytime food.

Being a Top Chef contestant can be grueling and exhausting and crazy fun. When we're all wiped out from nonstop competition, we do what we do best: eat good food. Some of my most memorable meals with those talented chefs involved banh mi, traditional Vietnamese sandwiches that layer cured meats, sausages, and pickled vegetables in small, soft versions of French baguettes. I love anything with pickles and fresh cilantro! I've put those flavors in a burger patty here and sandwiched them in my favorite French roll: buttery brioche. The rich bread makes all the difference, as does high-quality pork.

Slices of crisp fall apples and fresh basil leaves lend a whiff of the season to this classic sandwich.

We’ve taken a few liberties with the traditional preparation.

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