Any serious foodie with a tendency for wanderlust owes it to themselves to go on a food tour at least once in their lifetime. There is no better way to immerse oneself in the culture of a new place like eating the food. Food is often one of the ways people express their identity and for traveller or tourist, new food is a great conversation starter.
Another great way to know what matters to people is to see what they put in their sandwiches. This is because a sandwich is often something you make with what you have a round and what you really like. Here’s a great list to give you ideas for where you could go next and what to eat while you’re there:
The banh mi is a sandwich that came about as a result of French influence on Vietnamese cuisine when the French had colonised Indochina. The sandwich marries French elements like baguette and mayonnaise with traditional Vietnamese food and condiments to go into the sandwich. The banh mi baguette is made of rice and wheat flour which make it lighter and airier than the traditional French baguette. The sandwich is usually filled with a variety of meats, pickled vegetables, condiments and spreads.
It’s a perfect on- the-go meal seeing as street food is not street food unless you can take it in your hand and have it as you go.
This street food with a really cute name originates from South Africa. It is made by hollowing out a loaf of bread and then filling it with a savoury curry that can be made with chicken, beef, goat meat, potatoes, and peas, really anything that can go into a curry. Again, this is to be eaten with your hands. It’s not street food if there’s cutlery involved.
This is another great sandwich from South Africa that is especially popular in Cape Town. This lovely creation is made up of foot-long bread, filled with meat and then has chips, like fish and chips, applied liberally to the sandwich surface area. Doesn’t that sound divine? This is definitely something to be shared with friends.
Korean Egg Toast
If you’re ever in South Korea, you need to have this. First, unless you’re allergic to eggs, you can never go wrong with and egg sandwich and this version takes egg sandwiches to another level. The sandwich filling is thinly shredded vegetables, spam and fried egg all between two slices of toast. The egg toast then gets sugar sprinkled on top.
If you’re ever in Mumbai, India you need to have one of the best things since sliced bread, which is bread with potatoes in it. Vada pav is a sandwich that comes in the form of a bun with a spicy potato fritter or potato patty as filling. If something is spicy and Indian, you are guaranteed to have a satisfying and warming experience of bold flavours in your mouth. It’s good that someone realised realized that potato burgers can be a thing.
If you’re ever away from home in any of these places and you get the hankering for a filling sandwich, here’s a couple you could start with.