This sandwich matches Thai flavors with middle eastern falafel, and puts it all into an American sandwich.
- 8 Falafel (see note)
- 1 Large Onion
- 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Sambal Chile Paste
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 2 Lemons
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/2 Bunch Basil
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 2 Sub Rolls
- Falafel Note - As mentioned, I got the falafel recipe from the awesome new book The Single Guy Cookbook by Avi Shemtov. Because of that, I am not going to write out the recipe here, but you can buy the book, or use your favorite falafel recipe from the internet. Because I was making them for this chile basil sub, I used basil in the falafel instead of parsley.
- Fry up your falafel. Meanwhile, slice the onion and cook it in some oil for about 5 minutes. Add in the pepper (also sliced) and cook another 5 minutes. Add in the soy sauce, fish sauce, sambol, sugar, lemon juice, and water. Simmer about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice the cucumber and get your sub roll ready. When the falafel come out of the fryer, toss them into the sauce mixture. Remove from heat and add the basil. Stir well to coat the falafel.
Like usual, I was trying to channel my cravings into a dish, but they were all over the place. I kinda wanted a meatball sub, but I also wanted to make falafel. Then I almost dropped all my cooking plans and just ordered Thai takeout. I realized that I could combine all these flavors into one crazy sandwich, so that’s what I did. I recently got my hands on Avi Shemtov’s new book, The Single Guy Cookbook, and it has an awesome and easy falafel recipe in it, so I was excited to try it out.