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Sandwiches Around The World

Los Angeles is a mecca for food and foodies, as you can get a taste of nearly anything and everything. With careful mapping, LA restaurant research, and planning, you could try a variety of ethnic foods, but it could take some time. However, BuzzFeed Food spent one day following actor and food blogger Lynn Chen on her mission to sample sandwiches from around the world in Los Angeles. Check out her results.

Chip Butty | UK

The chip butty is a quite simple sandwich, but therein lies the genius of it. This sandwich calls for a soft, white roll lined with cold butter topped with chips (or what we Americans call French fries) and ketchup. According to Chen, “It tastes like breakfast!

Shao Bing You Tiao | Taiwan

Made with a sesame flatbread and a deep fried cruller, Chen explains that it basically means ‘oil stick sandwich’. According to Chen, this is traditionally dunked in hot soy milk. As a common breakfast item in Taiwan, it seems like a deliciously interesting way to start your day

Banh Mi | Vietnam

Pickled daikon, pickled carrots, cilantro, jalapenos, mayo and your choice of meat served on a baguette, the Banh Mi delivers a variety of flavors and textures that complement each other. While there are many variations of Banh Mi ingredients, there’s sure to be a combination that you’ll love.

Bauru | Brazil

Made with grilled Italian bread, ham, cheese, and a fried egg, Chen compares to this to an American breakfast sandwich. This sandwich got its name from its inventor, Casemiro Pinto Neto, a Brazilian law student, whose nickname was ‘Bauru’ for his hometown.

Skagen | Sweden

Described as the ‘lobster roll of Sweden’, the Skagen consists of a brioche roll, shrimp salad, and dill topped with fish roe. “Cold, creamy, and dill filled” as Chen describes, it sounds like a must try.

Cemita | Mexico

The cemita sandwich is originally from Puebla, Mexico, and is a type of torta. It gets the name ‘cemita’ from the bread that it is served on. The cemita bread is made from egg-rich dough usually topped with sesame seeds and often resembles a hamburger bun. Chen tried a cemita filled with fried beef cutlet, Oaxacan cheese, avocado, and tomato, which she deemed the winner.

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The Traditional Cuban Sandwich Recipe

best sandwiches in pomona, caWhile different versions exist, the Cuban sandwich typically features ham, pork, cheese, pickles and mustard, perfectly pressed between Cuban bread. And if you’ve never enjoyed one of these tasty sandwiches, you’re missing out.

It will come as no surprise that the Cuban sandwich, also known as a Cubano, was created in Cuba. The simple yet ingenious sandwich was brought to the US by Cuban immigrants, who settled in Florida in the late 1800s. Cuban cigar manufacturers were looking for a safe place to manufacture while avoiding Spanish rule. This migration had resulted in the heavy Cuban influence in Florida. Because the Cuban sandwich was relatively inexpensive and easy to make, it was a popular meal among factory workers.

Traditionally, the Cuban sandwich is made with Cuban bread that is cut lengthwise and buttered on both sides. The sandwich contains mustard, pickles, roast pork, ham, and Swiss cheese, and then is pressed in a plancha (sandwich press). The perfect press melds the juices and flavors together while maintaining a crunchy crust. Usually, the sandwich is compressed to about a third of its original size.

Variations of the Cuban sandwich include the Key West Mix, which adds mayo, lettuce, and tomatoes. When Cuban bread is not readily available, some substitute Italian bread or French bread, or, like in most northern parts of the US, Panini bread. In Tampa, FL, they decided to add Genoa salami to please their Italian customers.

At your neighborhood deli, we uphold the traditional recipe as closely as possible. Made on our Italian roll, we layer our all-natural roasted pork, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles. Our Cuban sandwich is then pressed to create a delicious crunch. Do yourself a favor and try one today.

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