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February 27, 2008

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Serves 4

1/2cup sugar
1/2cup distilled white vinegar
1/4teaspoon salt
1seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1small red onion, thinly sliced
2baguettes, cut into 6-inch lengths, and hollowed out
1/2cup mayonnaise
1pound cooked pork, thinly slices
12sprigs of fresh cilantro
2jalapeno or other hot chili peppers, thinly sliced
Soy sauce (for sprinkling)
1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, vinegar, and salt. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the cucumber, carrot, and onion. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain the mixture into a colander.

2. Lightly toast the cut side of the baguettes. Spread mayonnaise on one half and top with pork. Garnish with the cucumber mixture, cilantro sprigs, and chili peppers. Sprinkle with soy sauce. Close the sandwiches, and press down on top slightly. Adapted from "The Ethnic Paris Cookbook"