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The Bunless Banh Mi Dog

A crunchy cabbage leaf makes a perfect gluten-free alternative to a bun. It offers plenty of space to tuck in fresh herbs, piquant pickles, and, of course, a juicy dog.

Ingredients

Pickled Carrots and Radishes

These pickles are a traditional garnish to many Vietnamese dishes, but they would also taste delicious with charcuterie or cheese.

Makes about 1 quart

Nuoc Cham

This classic sweet and sour dipping sauce is served on every Vietnamese table.

Makes about 1½ cups

Instructions

  1. Grill hot dogs to desired doneness. 
  2. Arrange the hot dogs inside each cabbage leaf. 
  3. Top with some of the pickled carrots and radishes and a few basil and mint leaves. 
  4. Drizzle each dog with some of the nuoc cham; serve the rest on the side for dipping.

Pickled Carrots and Radishes

  1. Combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a large jar and stir until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved. 
  2. Add the carrots and radishes, seal, and refrigerate at least 24 hours before using.

Nuoc Cham

  1. Combine the sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, and water in a jar or measuring cup and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. 
  2. Add the chile and shallot and let sit for 1 hour (and up to 24 hours) before serving.