Quail Banh Mi with 10 minute pickled carrot

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Banh Mi are one of my most loved snacks. Imagine this Banh Mi with Quail breast. Absolutely delightful!

Quail with 10 minute pickled carrot

They say it is not right to hate, but that’s just how I feel. Some technology is beyond my patience level, most especially Siri, my iphones’ personal assistant. I like my iphone. It’s my almost constant companion. ( I am not alone, I know).  However, I think Apple needs to give Siri the slip.

I am almost constantly needing reminding of things, when I am on the move.  No sooner am I in the car than I have to remember a handful of things that will surely leave my brain, by the time I get to the next intersection.  Ingredients, dates, appointments, picking up things, dropping things off , getting to work on time….I need help. That’s just where I thought Siri would be…..there to help. Instead, she is a source of constant frustration. I find my self yelling at her, calling her names and talking back. I am not coy about swearing and if you see me in my car …yelling at the window ( phone is on a holder now)…… then I am discussing a reminder with Siri.

Quail Banh Mi with pickle

It’s not just the errors she makes it’s the wait time I endure while she is getting ready to take my messages for me. “I am sorry I am unable to help you at this time”.      What?    you mean I’m in the traffic with a dozen things on my mind and your sitting in my phone with nothing to do and you can’t help me???  Last week I asked her to remind me about 2 things. I had enormous trouble getting her to understand what I wanted and we tried several times, before she took my messages. All in all, my entire half hour journey was spent yelling at  Siri and today I got those reminders. The first arrived when I was in a meeting with a difficult client, and when the reminder alarm went off , I picked up my phone and glanced to see , a terse message from Siri, that made me laugh and feel hate at the same time. It said ” Bitch”.  **??. I still can’t remember what I asked her to remind me.  An hour later she delivered the next reminder ” get bail for yourself” . Which was supposed to be: Email Miguel!!! I hate you Siri

Grated carrot for pickle


Carrot grated and drained


10 minute pickles

Quail Bahn Mi in minutes


This Quail dish requires no technology and so, is suitable for almost any day or time, and I love it. Find boneless Quail breasts at the butcher or in some supermarkets supplied by Game Farm 

Thanks to Nami from just one cook book.com for giving me the quick pickles idea.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Quail Banh Mi with 10 minute pickled carrot
My Kitchen Stories: 
  • 500 gm Quail Breasts (1 packet Game Farm supply these to butchers and some supermarkets- there's usually about 14 per pack- otherwise the same amount of sliced chicken or pork fillet)
  • 4 white rolls- crispy light, not soft hamburger rolls! ( I pop in the oven to recrisp for a couple of minutes)
  • 120 ml soy sauce (6 Tablespoons )
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 40 ml peanut or plain oil (2 Tablespoon )
Salad Ingredients
  • Mayonnaise ( to taste- fresh or your favourite brand)
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber cut into ribbons or strips
  • 2 long red chillies finely sliced
  • ½ bunch of coriander sprigs, washed
  • ½ cup sliced green onions ( or to taste)
5 Minute Pickled Carrot
  • 80 ml rice wine vinegar (4 tablespoons)
  • 80 ml pure icing sugar (4 tablespoons, dissolves very quickly)
  • 20 ml water (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 grated carrots
  • 1-2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 zip lock bag
  • 1 extra teaspoon soy sauce
  1. Put the soy , garlic and oil into a bowl and toss the Quail in this. If you are using other meat slice it and double the marinade if you need to.
  2. To make the pickle. Put the vinegar, sugar and water into the zip lock bag and add the grated carrot and ginger and a sprinkle of salt. Zip up the bag and shake till combined. Leave for 10 minutes
  3. Set aside the coriander sprigs, cucumber strips and mayonnaise ready for use. Finely slice the chillies . When all the ingredients are ready. Put a fry pan on to heat and sear the Quail breasts in a very hot pan. Reduce the heat and cook till done. Set them aside. Drain the carrots and use ½ of the pickling juice as sauce by adding the sliced chillies and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce ( or more if you like)
  4. Construct the buns by spreading them with mayonnaise ( as much or as little as you like). Pile on the Quail breasts (4-6 per serve)and a teaspoon or two of special dressing then add the cucumber slices, pickled carrot and coriander.
  5. Add more chilli and dressing to taste or sprinkle with a little extra soy.

My Kitchen Stories worked with Game Farm to make this recipe.


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