Around The Globe In 8 Sandwiches!

The 3rd of November has been declared World Sandwich Day by Subways across the globe. If you find yourself around a Subway today, thank your lucky stars, it’s 1 + 1. Moving on, we would like to give a  stomach-grumbling shout out to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who claimed to be the inventor of the sandwich. I know, I know, this day should be declared as a holiday, so that we can celebrate the pure bliss that lies between two sets of buns!  The titular is enough to bring a tsunami in your mouth. Won’t keep you waiting. Here are 8 sandwiches that will make you say- 


8. Yakisoba filled brioche- Japan

I have Yakisoba noodles. I have a Brioche hot dog bun. Awwn Yakisoba filled brioche! Don’t kill me for this illustration. It is a perfect contrast of  the spongy brioche hot dog bun and the slippery, savoury pan fried Yakisoba noodles. Garnish it with pickled ginger juliennes for that added quirkiness. It’s a real 食べるとホッとする料理 (comfort food).


7. Gatsby – South Africa

Once upon a time in 1976, Rashaad Pandy, an Athlone based fish shop owner formulated a sandwich out of leftovers for his workers. Froggie ( a worker) as an ecstatic critc, called it ‘this is a gatsby smash’ ( winning dish). Hence the name Gatsby. It is a cradle of a long loaf filled with the goodness of French fries, masala steak, chicken or polony with some Vienna sauce. ! Klassieke !


6. Reina Pepiada- Venezuela

Arepa is the term used for the deliciously thick corn dough bread and the sandwich collectively known as Arepa Rellenas. It’s like the perfect pocket holding some juicy pulled pork, avocado and cheese and any filling you can think of. Reina Pepiada is a special kind of Arena filled with shredded white meat chicken tossed with tender avocado, mayonnaise, garlic, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro. If this isn’t increíble, then what is??


5. Pan-Bagnat – France

The land of crêpes, crossiants and pot-au-feu, France offers us with this genuinely classic sandwich.  The sandwich is composed of pain de Campagne, whole wheat bread formed in a circle, around the classic Salade Niçoise, a salad composed mainly of raw vegetables, hard boiled eggs, anchovies and/or tuna, and olive oil (never mayonnaise).  With some added balsamic vinegar and salt & pepper, you’re good to go. Bon Apétit!


4.  Döner Kebab – Turkey

The tender meat cooked in rotisseri  stuffed in pita bread, tombik pide ( fluffly pita) or lavash and topped with the luscious requisites – tomato, lettuce, cabbage, onion with sumac, fresh or pickled cucumber, or chili, and various types of sauces. The perfect buddy to your late nighties! Ilahi!


3. Vada Pav – India

In no ways could I rule out the Vada Pav out of my list. Battered fried potato tucked between the buns lined with the spicy red chutney and the lip-smacking green chutney. It’s a staple food of all the Mumbaikars out there. Yet, it’s a personal favorite and easy to make a recipe for everyone. ! स्वादिष्ट !


2. Cemita – Mexico

Cemitas are like a cousin to the torta. Originally from Puebla, Mexico, cemitas are the perfect blend of avocado, some type of meat, gooey white cheese, onions, and salsa roja on a brioche-type bun or cemitas.  Ricass!!


1. Brown Butter Cookie Sandwich – London

Why rule out the sweet after all the savory? The beauty of the brown butter cookies and the bourbon whiskey old icecream decorated with the cute little chocolate chips. Ahh! Scrumptious. Never knew, London could be so great with Icecream Sandwiches and Britsh Men!


I am going to grab my favorite sandwich. What are you waiting for??


And if anyone says that:  watch the carbs and the cheese, be proud and say this: