Banh Mi Hot Dogs

It’s truly amazing what a few simple touches can do to ordinary hot dogs.  This is almost another “non-recipe,” but it’s too good not to share.  If you want to attempt something a little different for the 4th of July, you’ve gotta try making these Banh Mi Hot Dogs.  It all began with some leftover ingredients from my Shrimp and Avocado Summer Rolls.  I don’t like waste so I had to put those ingredients to good use.

Banh Mi Hot Dogs | ChefJulieYoon.com

Now I don’t know why I haven’t been eating hot dogs like this my entire life!  This fantastic combination of flavors REALLY works!  In fact, we tried eating regular hot dogs not too long ago and realized that our tastebuds were permanently ruined forever.  So if you don’t want to be spoiled like us, then don’t attempt this recipe.  You’ll be sorry you did because you might not be able to eat a normal hot dog again.

Banh Mi Hot Dogs | ChefJulieYoon.com

In a traditional Banh Mi sandwich, you have a pile of delightful meats (usually pork), topped with crispy pickled vegetables, fresh herbs, and spicy jalapenos.  When we lived in California, we kind of got used to eating Banh mi sandwiches whenever we wanted.  There was a great Vietnamese deli down the street from us and we’d often walk over there to grab lunch.

Banh Mi Hot Dogs | ChefJulieYoon.com

Joe can’t get enough of the fresh aromatic cilantro, crusty bread, and pickled veg.  And if you think about it, pairing those same flavors and textures with a beefy meaty hot dog just makes sense!  You can see how I put it all together in EPISODE 4 of Bits & Pieces SEASON 3 below.

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Behind the Scenes : Banh Mi Hot Dogs

The funny thing about filming a cooking show is that you feel like you’re living in the future.  We have to “celebrate” holidays early and work around factors like ingredients not being available, or the weather outside not matching what it should be by the time we release the video.  This was our 4th of July episode that we had to film way before stores were selling any patriotic decorations.  So I had to make do with what I already had and what I could find…and then of course, I go to Target a few weeks later and see their $1 section FILLED with red white and blue things!  But it’s okay, I think I made it work and the pictures still came out really cute.

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Shrimp and Avocado Summer Rolls (Fresh Spring Rolls)

When it’s sticky, hot, and humid outside, all I crave are these Shrimp and Avocado Summer Rolls.  They’re stuffed with fresh herbs and cold crisp veggies…that’s definitely my kind of food!  You can obviously use whatever fillings you want, but there’s something about this shrimp and avocado combo that really makes me swoon.

Shrimp Avocado Summe rRolls | ChefJulieYoon.com

By the way, do you like to say summer rolls or spring rolls?  I’ve heard it both ways but I kind of like the ring of summer rolls better.  I was introduced to them pretty late in life, when I was in college.  But I fell in love with them instantly and made them part of my world.  In fact, I regularly keep rice paper wrappers and vermicelli noodles stashed away in my pantry at all times now.

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Behind the Scenes : Shrimp and Avocado Summer Rolls Episode

One of the reasons I chose to make the theme of Season 3 of our cooking show “Simply Summer Fresh” is because it gets unbearably hot in our little kitchen during the summer.  When we film, we usually can’t turn on the AC because of the noise, and sometimes we can’t open the windows because of the ruckus outside.  When the lights are blaring down on me, and I’m hovering over a hot stove, our kitchen turns into a sauna.

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Chocolate Overnight Oats

The first time I heard about this overnight oat phenomenon, I couldn’t wrap my head around WHY you’d want to eat COLD oatmeal.  Then I realized it’s not oatmeal at all. Overnight oats is exactly that… overnight OATS, not overnight OATMEAL…so don’t expect it to be that.  That was my first mistake. I tried making a version of this MANY TIMES just trying to figure out what the texture of it was supposed to be like.

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Behind the Scenes : Chocolate Overnight Oats Episode

I usually make sure we have a good hearty breakfast before we start filming, but in this case, we were actually shooting a good hearty breakfast recipe, so we decided to go hungry until the work was done.  Yes, we let chocolate be our reward! So with coffee in hand, froggy voice, and bleary eyes, we set off to film one of our easier episodes early in the morning.

There’s not many recipes of mine that don’t require cooking, so I figured we should take advantage of not having to be in the hot kitchen by not being in the hot kitchen!  We moved our set to our “dining room,” which coincidentally already looks like a set, and filmed our second summer appropriate episode of the season.

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