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Bánh Mi, Tilapia, Turmeric, Ginger, Dill, Turnip & Spring Onions  

The steamed spring onions really shine in this dish and work well with the fish and turmeric.

Banh mi

Bánh Mi is a really cool little bread which comes from Vietnam. It is a hangover from French colonialism and the name derives from the French pain de mie (soft bread). It looks the same as a baguette, but has a thinner crust and often contains rice flour.

SERVES 4  

  • 8 spring onions, washed and cut in half 
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • A few slices of fresh ginger 
  • A glug of light olive oil 
  • 450g tilapia, cut into cubes (or any white fish) 
  • Half tsp turmeric 
  • 1 tbsp of flour 
  • Small bunch of dill, finely cut the thick stalks, roughly chop the tops 
  • 1 turnip, peeled and grated 
  • 1 lime 
  • 1 baguette   
  1. Heat a heavy-based pan with a lid to a medium heat. Add the spring onions with a splash of water, a clove of garlic, a few slices of ginger and glug of olive oil. Replace the lid and allow to steam for 5 mins. Remove the lid and fry for 1 min to allow any juices to evaporate. Put to one side. 
  2. Toss the tilapia in the turmeric and flour, and season with salt and pepper. Bring a frying pan to a medium heat with a glug of oil. Fry the fish for 2–3 mins until browned, then turn and colour the other side. 
  3. Cut open the baguette, leaving a hinge, but don’t prise it open. You want the baguette to hold shut when filled with the ingredients. Stuff the baguette with the fish, dill and pan-steamed spring onions. Squeeze over the juice of 1 lime and serve. 

The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit by Tom Hunt, published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd. 

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