Sandwiches are scrumptious. Or they’re mouth-watering. Sometimes they’re even refreshing. You probably catch my drift; sandwiches are diverse. You find them all around the world, and called all sorts of different things. So let’s have a look at some sandwiches around the world, just to get your imagination rolling for that upcoming weekend picnic (it’s getting to be summer, right?)
Peanut Butter and Jelly
In the United States there is one sandwich that is king. It is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, affectionately known as the PB&J, or just PBJ. This is also one of the simplest sandwiches in the world, because all it involves is applying two spreads. You can get creative and toast the bread, you can use all-organic products and you can make them triple or quadruple-deckers. Just remember to eat it with chips.
Bacon, egg and cheese
I think this sandwich originates in the UK, but it has become a mainstay of the US too (albeit mostly thanks to fast food establishments). However, the original, quality sandwich can be constructed with all-organic, enticing flavors of the earth. The only thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to be blasting your system with cholesterol. Once in a while is perfectly okay.
We could list hot dogs on here, or burgers, but that’s too obvious. All the same, however, we can include this Japanese favorite, which just so happens to employ our darling hot dog bun in a strange way. Instead of the frank and onions topped with mustard, what you have in this case is fried noodles, pickles and mayo!
Greece and Turkey are well-represented in the world of sandwiches. The kebab is known as a shwarma in Turkey, and as a doner in Germany. But in Greece it’s the souvlaki. Nothing competes with the scene of a vertical spit of which the meat is shaved, marinated, and stuffed in a wrap with tzatziki sauce and vegetables—mmmm.
Elsewhere in Latin America ‘torta’ refers to cake, but not in Mexico. In Mexico it’s halves of round rolls stuffed with meat, tomatoes, lettuce, sauces and picante.
Another Latin American favorite looks like something you find in a child’s lunchbox—Argentina’s miga. They use thin white bread slices that are three times as long as traditional loaf slices. They pack any of a great variety of meats and vegetables between them, and you’ll find them available in any corner store.
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China is not to be left behind on the list of sandwiches, because they have one that is particularly memorable. It’s a sandwich of stewed pork that packs a punch, and which is put in the cut of a piece of flatbread with greens.
Pakistan’s Naan sandwich is essentially a meld between the simple idea of ‘sandwich’ and the region’s most traditional flatbread, naan. It’s a hamburger, really. A naan hamburger.
Traditionally, the falafel is served on a platter without bread housing. But those tasty deep-fried garbanzo bean patties with their tahini sauces go exceptionally well stuffed into pita bread. This sandwich is not particular to any one country, but to the whole Middle East.
The sandwich has been regarded in history as something of the lower classes. When we think France we don’t think sandwich—we think regal cuisine! But the croquet-monsieur, that fine grilled ham and cheese sandwich (the cheese of which appears on the outside) cannot be forgotten.
So there they are, ten sandwiches to keep you thinking. Oh there are many more, and we can’t deny that the US is king of sandwiches. We still haven’t mentioned the Philly Cheese Steak, Club or ice cream sandwiches!